Friday, September 23, 2022

THE granting of permission by Waterford City and County Council paves the way for the Earl of Tyrone to make his ambitious plans for a whiskey distillery on the Curraghmore Estate a reality.  

It marks an exciting chapter for Richard De La Poer Beresford, son of Lord Waterford, whose ambition is to create single farm, organic, pot still and single malt whiskeys on his family’s estate in Portlaw. 

The Managing Director of Curraghmore Whiskey Limited aims to use five agricultural buildings, dating from the 1840s, for industrial use, including the distillation of spirits, retail use and spirit maturation.  

To facilitate the distillery, he sought permission for internal alterations, demolition works, alterations to facades, alterations to roofs and the addition of two covered external fire escape stairwells. Conservation works are needed to the facades and roofs of two residential units, along with an existing farm complex gates and railings, and new site signage at the Portlaw entrance to Curraghmore Estate.  

The proposed development will also include the addition of five bus and 28 car parking spaces, two of which are wheelchair accessible, along with gas storage tanks, ground mounted solar panel arrays a Integrated Constructed Wetlands treatment system and production water well. There is provision for below ground firefighting water storage tanks; four Silos for grain storage and a process effluent tank. An existing water wheel will be adapted to generate hydroelectricity. This ties in with a target of achieving organic and carbon neutral status within 10 years. 

Planning was granted subject to 19 conditions, including the development shall be carried out and the integrated wetland constructed in accordance with plans and particulars lodged. Prior to commencement of development the developer must submit a process of waste management plan to the Planning Authority. Furthermore, to ensure that the character and integrity if the protected structure is maintained and protected, all repair works must be carried out in accordance with best conservation practice.  

 

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