Old Kilbeggan Distillery, Kilbeggan

Kilbeggan Distillery is situated on the River Brosna in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland. It is owned by Beam Suntory.A small pot still distillery, the licence to distil dates to 1757, a copy of which can be seen in the distillery.HistoryThe distillery was founded in 1757 and, by 1798, was in the hands of Matthias McManus, whose son was executed in Mullingar due to the part he played in the United Irishmen rebellion of that year.John Locke took over the distillery in 1843, and it passed down to his granddaughters Mary Evelyn and Florence Emily in 1943. The economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s took its toll on Locke's. In 1947 it was put up for sale and the successful bidder, the Transworld Trust, involved fraudsters from Switzerland and Austria. Oliver J. Flanagan alleged under Oireachtas privilege that Fianna Fáil politicians were linked to the deal; a tribunal of inquiry discounted the allegations but the damage contributed to Fianna Fáil's defeat in the 1948 election. On 19 March 1954 production ceased at the distillery. It closed closing completely in 1957 and the building began to fall into disrepair. Twenty five years after its closure, the community of Kilbeggan restored the distillery and opened it to the public as a whiskey distillery museum. Cooley Distillery bought the license to produce Kilbeggan and Lockes Whiskey, and later took over the museum along with opening a new working distillery in Kilbeggan.
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  • Undertook the mid range tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. A knowledgeable guide took me through all the processes and workings of the old distillery, then through the new distillery operating on site. T...  more »
  • Our tour guide Tracey was full of information about the history and process involved in producing whiskey. It is great to be able to get up close to the equipment especially the water wheel. The souve...  more »
  • Nice visit to the old kilbeggan Distillery, they explain the development of the whiskey. Very nice and good treatment
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  • This was the best distillery tour we went on! You get to see the old equipment and a three whiskey tasting at the end. Overall the best whiskey we had too - the whole group agreed!
  • Fabulous tour! Went last summer. Not a tour of how whiskey is made today, but how it was made a hundred years ago. Totally fun!
  • Distillery is lovely, we missed out on the tour because we didn't book ahead, but we could still walk around and see a lot. The restaurant staff weren't that great - stood and waited for awhile without any service even though they all looked at us. No GF range.
  • Lonely place to visit staff were friendly and helpful and the food was perfect could not ask for better keep up the great work
  • Really nice place Interesting things to see.a good story behind it all .make sure you get the guided tour.free taste of the produce. Food in the restaurant is great

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