Ireland is our anchor and however far we stray, it tells all how far we’ve come...
Ireland has a long and proud history of drinks manufacture.
- Irish whiskey has been distilled in Ireland since the 6th century and is one of the oldest spirit drinks in Europe.
- Three Irish spirit products hold special protection under a geographical indication or GI: Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Irish Poitín. The same special status as Champagne in France.
- The harp, which serves as the emblem of GUINNESS®, is based on a famous 14th century Irish harp known as the "O'Neill" or "Brian Boru" - you will notice the same emblem on coinage in the Republic of Ireland but in reverse... Guinness had trademarked the harp symbol in 1876 and the Irish Free State Government of 1922!
- There are 38 operational Irish Whiskey and an estimated 34 Irish gin distilleries right across the country, with a further 24 Irish Whiskey distilleries in development.
- The Heineken brewery in Cork operates on the site of the Lady’s Well brewery founded by James J Murphy in 1856, continuing a proud history of brewing in Cork City.