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The funeral of Conor Campbell took place in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. File photograph: Getty Images

A gloom settled over the small town of Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, on Wednesday as the funeral of five-year-old Conor Campbell took place. The boy died (...)

Maureen Daly at home in Arigna, Co Roscommon: “When everything clears away, I’d like to go back to the centre because we are like a big family.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

Maureen Daly from Arigna, Co Roscommon, celebrated her 94th birthday last week, but concern over coronavirus has lately kept her from her “lifeline” i(...)

The Shed Distillery owner PJ Rigney and head distiller Brian Taft: “This is an historic moment for us,” says Mr Rigney. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Shed Distillery in Co Leitrim will on Tuesday launch its first batch of Irish whiskey almost five years after laying it down for maturation. Spe(...)

The Irish beverage industry exported just over €1m worth of produce to Brazil in 2018, compared to exports of €623m to the US, where some 60 per cent of Ireland’s whiskey exports are sent, according to Bord Bia. Photograph: iStock

Figures in the spirits business were largely ambivalent on the back of a landmark trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur member count(...)

The Ashford Castle Gin Tray Tasting Experience  costs €65 per person
High spirits at Ashford Castle

The driveway up to Ashford Castle is enough to make half the people in your car lean out the window shouting “pull in, pull in, I need to get a pictur(...)

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is one of three brands being made available in Ontario from this week.

Irish gin brands continue to make a splash in the Canadian market with three products set to be available from this week in Ontario, which is the worl(...)

 Darragh McGowan (18-months-old) checks out his family’s entry, ‘Does my Bum Look Big in This’ at the stylish silage competition in Drumshanbo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Last week visitors to Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim would have encountered an unusual art exhibition; more than 70 colourful sculptures made out of silage (...)

Shed Distillery founder Patrick J Rigney: “The term ‘hard’ is not in my business vocabulary.”

For three decades, Patrick J Rigney was instrumental in Ireland’s drinks industry, establishing brands such as Baileys as global leaders. Before estab(...)

Community spirit: locals turned out in force during the campaign to save Aughavas post office.

Booker prize winning novelist DBC Pierre once said that there is no cure for Leitrim hospitality, except more Leitrim hospitality. It’s not the sloga(...)

The Shed distillery is opening a  €1.5m   visitor centre in 2018, which will see staff numbers almost double

The first whiskey produced in Connacht in over 100 years comes of age this week, with a large number of early casks already pre-sold to buyers who inc(...)

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