ABOUT US

ABOUT US

THE INFLUENCE OF LOCATION

Our Distillery was born out of Our Place in Uíbh Ráthach. For centuries communities have settled in this seemingly inhospitable landscape in the SW corner of Ireland. Here, the mountainous land is in constant battle with the hostile beauty of the Atlantic.

 

We are reared here, we learn here, we earn our character here.

 

On this remote Skellig Coast, we live and work around the vagaries of the Atlantic Ocean. The cleanest of air, the purest of water. Farming and fishing is in our DNA, and in this Place we thrive when we pull together.

 

Ní neart go cur le chéile. There is only strength when we are together.

Skellig Six18 Distillery & Visitor Centre is based in Cahersiveen, the “town that climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea”.

 

We look out to the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon, with Valentia & Beginish Islands and Cill Fhaoláin mountain framing our view.

 

Is it any wonder we wanted to come Home?

OUR DISTILLERY JOURNEY

Skellig Six18 Distillery & Visitor Centre enjoys clean mountain air, and plentiful pure rain rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean.

 

We recognise the importance of location to a distillery. We understand the scale and technical infrastructure required to distil world-class spirits. We feel the obligation to live up to the hard-earned reputation and tradition of Irish whiskey.
We are ambitious.

 

We will only sell what we distil ourselves, we take pride in our work. We will focus on Single Pot Still Whiskey, the quintessential Irish style of whiskey. Our unique Gin recipe celebrates the ingredients and the stories of the Skellig Coast.

We know that our location on the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry will bring many visitors to our door, to Our Place. We also understand our responsibility to foster sustainable communities and employment.

 

We are Kerry, and proud of our name.

WHAT’S NEXT?

We secured planning permission for our Distillery & Visitor Centre in December 2018. Then the real work began…

 

Our team are currently working on our new website to be launched for November 2019.

 

Our 500L bespoke Italian Gin Still has been commissioned in the distillery building, paperwork and licenses galore. We are distilling to our recipe, with locally foraged ingredients, since early September 2019.  Our first supplies will be available from the Distillery and other outlets in Kerry and Dublin.

 

Our Skellig Six18 Gin includes local botanicals and traditional plants.  The stories around Yarrow, Birch Sap, fresh Douglas Fir Needles and their links to the Skellig Region are so interesting- and of course they add great balance to our Gin too. #SkelligSix18Gin

We are in phase 2 of building works now over Winter 2019/2020 so that our Distillery Visitor Experience, Tasting Rooms, Market & Exhibition Space, Shop, and Gin School will all be ready to open March 2020, which is the start of the tourist season here.

 

We will focus on Single Pot Still Style – the quintessential Irish Style. And our priority now is to finalise the final design phase for the Whiskey Distillery so we can place the order for the plant in Q1 2020.   Energy & Water efficiencies are key considerations for any modern distillery. “Measure twice and cut once”.

In Winter 2019/2020, we’re so looking forward to opening our Gin Discovery Centre. Groups of up to 12 people can enjoy a hands-on immersion class. Develop your own exclusive Gin recipe, then bottle and label it personally. We will also host regular Whiskey Tasting Classes.

 

So….there’s a lot to be getting on with.
At Skellig Six18, we focus on GSD –

 

Getting Stuff Done.

OUR TEAM

June O’Connell
CEO. Dublin City office refugee

 

One of the Andy O’Connells of Barr na Sráide, Cahersiveen and the Devane/Morgan O’Sheas of Portmagee. Skellig Coast Fishing & Farming DNA. Entrepreneur. 25 Years as a Corporate Lawyer.

Patrick Cooney
Non-Executive Director

 

From the People’s Republic of Cork. Married a Kerrywoman. Strong Farming DNA from Ballyclough and Carraigaline. Hurling Coach U12 Faughs, Dublin. Director & Head of Portfolio Management, Davy Private Clients.

Patrick Sugrue
CFO & COO

 

Skellig Coast resident. One of the Sugrues of Valentia View, Renard. Former Executive of commercial manufacturing, service and retail operations. Former CFO of Wilson’s Socks. Entrepreneur. 35 years as a Chartered Management Accountant.

Our professional team includes:

  • George Boyle Architect & Mikey Hussey, Arch Technician. Previous projects include Teelings Distillery, Dublin.
  • Frank Wade, Structural Engineer, previous projects include Irish Distillers Maturation in Cork.
  • Jack O’Shea, Distilling Consultant, formerly of Alltech and Pearse Lyons Distillery.
  • PROCHEM Engineering. Pat Corcoran.
  • Red Dog Design Consultants. Paula McEntee & Mary Doherty.

  • Trinity Brand and Packaging Development. Andy Crawford, Alan Smith & Dawn Allison.
  • William Fry Solicitors. Trademarks – Leo Moore.
  • Beauchamps Solicitors. Property – Tony O’Sullivan.
  • Mary Nyhan, Tax Adviser.
  • Shane O’Neill & Janet McClaren. Project Partners on Teach Skellig Six18, Cahersiveen.
  • Quinlan & Cooke Boutique Townhouse & Restaurant, Hospitality Partner, Cahersiveen.
  • Madeleine Weber, Waterville. Photographer.
  • Patricia McGrath, Cahersiveen. Consultant.

Reconnecting with our Home place is important, but we aren’t sentimental about business. This skilled team is putting in the hours and obair to help us create a global whiskey business. We’re confident we can deliver; for our families, our investors, our communities and for future vibrant generations on the Skellig Coast. We have the muinín.