World Whiskey Day: Spirit of the Boyne

Published: 15 May 2020

World Whiskey Day takes places every year on the third Sunday of May. Whilst we may not be able to go visit our favourite distilleries, bars and restaurants this year, we can still raise a (virtual) glass to two Irish whiskey distilleries that have recently been established in the heart of the Boyne Valley. (Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions both distilleries are closed. See their websites and social media for updates)


Slane Distillery

A story as unique as their smooth and flavourful, triple-casked whiskey, Slane Distillery celebrates the return of exceptional Irish whiskey to Ireland's Boyne Valley. Made by the barrel-raising art and whiskey-making expertise of the Brown Family and born on the historic lands of the Conyngham Family of Slane Castle, their award-winning blend brings the legacies of two historic families together for generations to come.

This unique narrative shines through the complexity of Slane Irish Whiskey, rich with layers of flavour as untamed as the stunning Irish landscape that surrounds the distillery. Artfully aged to perfection, their distinct triple-casked blend distils the true character of Slane, testament to each of the elements which have shaped their journey thus far.

Tours are available of the state-of-the-art distillery, tastefully incorporated into the 200-year-old stables of the castle. Visitors can combine a tour of the Distillery with a visit to Slane Castle. See details on  

Slane Distillery, Slane, Co. Meath. Tel +353 (0)46 9030600 Email:


Boann Distillery

Just south of the port town of Drogheda, Boann Distillery is a family company, born and believed in by Patrick and Marie Cooney, along with their family; Sally-Anne, Celestine, Peter, Patrick and James.

With a combined wealth of experience, including forty years in the Irish drinks industry building up the Gleeson Group from a small independent bottler to a company with a turnover in excess of €300 million per annum, the Cooney family understands what it takes to create successful, premium brands. Their specially designed and distinctive nano-copper pot stills and fine oak cask cellars, ensure they produce a whiskey of distinct character with a real sense of place. 

Earlier this year Boann Distillery picked up two fantastic awards at the World Whiskey Awards 2020: "Best Irish Single Malts 12 & under" for their The Whistler 7-Year-Old Blue Note Single Malt and a Gold Medal Winner "Blended Limited Release" for their The Whistler Calvados Cask Finished Blend. Not long after they won “Best Irish Honey” and “World’s Best Honey Liqueur” at the World Drinks Awards 2020!


Visitor experience opening in 2020.

Lagavooren, Platin Rd, Drogheda, Co Meath. Tel +353 (0)41 9878078 Email


Please see the social media of both Slane Distillery and Boann Distillery for updates on opening times and access, due to Covid-19. Enjoy whiskey sensibly.