Friday, January 30, 2009
Who had their inaugural founding meeting this week in a packed Bowes' pub in Dublin.
(Off on a tangent: I've been loathe to add my voice to all the others gabbling incessantly about the recession. After all, I'm not an economist, and it's all pretty obvious what's going on and how it's going to get worse in the months to come.
Instead, I've been trying, in these dark January days, to find something to be positive about. It hasn't been easy, which is why I haven't been posting much. But at last there's something to be cheerful about. Ireland's finally getting it's very own whiskey society! End of tangent.)
It's been a long time coming, but the response has been staggering, especially when you consider that all advertising of the society was done solely by word of mouth.
People from all over the world have inquired about joining. I mean all over. We're talking India, North America, Sierra Leone even.
People came to the inaugural meeting from Hungary, Belfast, Galway and plenty of other places. It just goes to show the massive interest and passion there is for Irish whiskey.
And fair play to the two of the four Irish distillers (Cooley and the Porterhouse) who showed up. No doubt once the society is established and on its feet the big two will come in behind it as well. After all, it's a society founded on a devotion to their industry!
Anyone interested in finding out more should contact (Scottish!) founder of the society Michael Foggarty via the society's website.
In the meantime, David Havelin's excellent blog about Irish whiskey is available to keep anyone who loves Irish whiskey informed about all the latest developments.