A History of Irish Whiskey from the Midleton Archive
Carol Quinn & Katherine Condon
Clonakilty GAA Club, Ahamilla
Thurs Feb 29th
Based in the Distillers Cottage in Midleton, Carol is the Head of Archives at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, where she cares for the historical archive of Irish Distillers. These include the records created by the firms of John Jameson & Son, John Power & Son and the Cork Distilleries Company and, after they merged in 1966, Irish Distillers itself, dating back to the eighteenth century. She worked for 16 years as an Archivist for University College Cork, before joining Irish Distillers in 2012 and is a former Chairman of the Archives and Records Association, Ireland.
In this lecture she will do a deep dive into the origins of the modern Irish Whiskey Industry, contrasting it with the Scottish tradition. She will cover the origins of Single Pot Still, the signature style of Irish Whiskey which by the late 19th century was sold and appreciated all over the world. She will also cover the causes of the decline and near collapse of the industry in the 20th century and its modern resurgence. Her talk will be illustrated with images from the Irish Distillers Archive which has the records of the firms John Jameson & Son, John Power & Son and the Cork Distilleries Company.
Katherine, who hails from Farran, Ballinascarthy, was appointed Distiller at Midleton Distillery in June 2020, working under the guidance of Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman. She is responsible for tasting all distillates daily, overseeing the quality of the pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton to ensure the correct balance of flavours are present, before being matured and bottled. Katherine graduated from University College Cork in 2014 with a degree in Process and Chemical Engineering. She will speak briefly on how she came to be working in the whiskey industry.
A sub-committee of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage is currently working on the republication of the 1998 “Battle of the Big Cross” journal published 25 years ago as part of the bicentenary commemoration of the battle which occurred on 19th June 1798.
As well as re-publishing the journal there will also be a number of new chapters which will include accounts, and photos of the June 2023 commemorative events (225th anniversary), and also articles relevant to the Battle of the Big Cross and participants not previously published.
It is planned to have this ready by the end of October and printed for early November.
They appeal to anyone who has any information that could be included to make contact as soon as possible to ensure the associated articles can be written up and prepared for the journal.
Information such as participants in the battle (both sides), folklore passed down about it, songs or poems, photographs of past commemorations, etc. will all be considered by the editorial committee.
The link to the recording of our Sean Hales and Dick Barrett commemorative event held on November 18:2022 is HERE
For Heritage Week 2022, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has once again decided to do a film documentary. As part of our celebrations, we will be visiting the historic coastal village of Timoleague which is situated at the mouth of the Airgideen river estuary on the cusp of Courtmacsherry Bay. It is a picturesque place steeped in historical fact, along with myth and legend, and to take us back over the centuries our guides are Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O’Mahony.
We hope that the viewer will enjoy our visit to this historical coastal village and its hinterland with its spectacular scenery and rich folklore. It is indeed a place of historical importance with its ancient abbeys and wonderful artistically endowed churches. It is only by a visit that their beauty and uniqueness can be fully appreciated.
Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6s9pgGBst8
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage's third volume of the popular “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal” is now available at local outlets costing €10. It contains 12 excellent articles examining different aspects of local history and built heritage, focusing on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, as well as many interesting photos - some of which have not been published before.