West Cork Distillers crowned Large Cork Company of the Year 2024

In a resounding testament to excellence and innovation, West Cork Distillers has been crowned the Large Cork Company of the Year 2024 at the prestigious Cork Chamber awards. This accolade marks a significant milestone in the company’s journey, recognising West Cork Irish Whiskey‘s outstanding contribution to the local economy, commitment to quality, and remarkable growth in the spirits industry.

All qualifying entrants to the Cork Company of the Year Awards progress through a thorough judging process which is managed by an experienced panel of business leaders.

Conor Healy – Cork Chamber CEOJohn O’Connell – General Manager and Director West Cork DistillersSinead Scully – Head of Large Business, Vodafone IrelandPicture: Michael O’Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

Founded in 2003 by childhood friends from Union Hall, John O’Connell, Denis McCarthy, and Ger McCarthy, West Cork Distillers embarked on a mission to craft premium Irish whiskey that honoured tradition while embracing innovation. Over the years, their dedication to producing exceptional spirits has propelled the company to the forefront of the global whiskey market.  The distillery is now in the completion stages of a significant expansion which will enable production capacity to increase by 400 per cent during 2024 and brings additional employment to the area.

West Cork Distillers currently employs a team of around 150 employees, a jump from 80 employees working at the company during the pandemic.

The business also has built a significant international business and in 2024 has grown its commercial team across key markets such as North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa and the Asia Pacific region.

Beyond its commitment to quality, innovation and growth, West Cork Distillers has remained deeply rooted in its local community, embodying the spirit of Cork through its support of local initiatives and sustainability efforts.

Receiving the Large Cork Company of the Year award is a testament to West Cork Distillers’ unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and community.

In accepting this prestigious accolade, John O’Connell, Co-Founder of West Cork Distillers, expressed gratitude for the support of the Cork Chamber and the local community, emphasising the company’s commitment to continued growth and excellence.

WCP Staff

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