Twelve staff to be recruited with new whiskey distillery and visitors’ centre at Coillín Darach, in Crolly.
Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed a 121,000 euro support package from Údarás na Gaeltachta to help get the project off the ground.
“The boost that this investment will bring to the region should not be underestimated,” the minister said.
“The entrepreneurs behind the idea and support from Government and Údarás for this brilliant project will breathe new life back into an old landmark in west Donegal.
“Drioglann Thír Chonaill Teo will be a go-to destination for any tourist coming to the county and it will undoubtedly draw passing visitors who want to see history in the making.
“The Irish whiskey industry aims to produce 24 million cases a year and tourism chiefs are targeting 1.9 million people to visit distilleries by 2025.
“Less than five years ago there were just four distilleries in Ireland and the growth since has been phenomenal.
“With the support of Údarás and the Government
Donegal is going to capitalise on this huge local and international success story.
“Seosamh Ó Duibheannaigh, Conor McMenamin and Kieran Davis deserve huge credit for the foresight they’ve shown to drive this development and help create new and diverse employment in west Donegal.
“I wish them every success and look forward to seeing the finished product.
“Support for inventive projects like this is invaluable and could not be achieved without the 7 million euro in capital funding in the budget this year for Údarás and this figure will continue to increase over the life time of the 10 year capital plan.
“I am delighted that funding will be going to this important project.”