Investee Company Name: PJ Rigney Distillery
Investment Amount: €0.25m
In 2016, the Goodbody EIIS Fund 2015 invested in The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim. The distillery, the first in Connacht in over 101 years, is now in its fifth year of operation. The distillery’s first brand, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is distilled with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea, is going from strength to strength in Ireland and internationally.
The distillery has also received planning permission for a 6,000 square-foot visitor experience. The new visitor experience will allow people to experience the process of slow-distilling “premier grand cru Irish whiskeys” and small batch gin. The state of the art visitor experience is set to create ten new jobs at full capacity and aims to attract 10,000 visitors in its first year of operation. It will be a great asset for the local community in Drumshanbo and County Leitrim generally.
Fast forward 2 years from the initial investment and the distillery’s first brand, multi-award winning Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, distilled with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea, is going from strength to strength both in Ireland and internationally.
Following on from the success of his first release PJ Rigney’s new creation Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka launched on Sunday 18th March at Prowein, the world’s top international trade fair for wine & spirits in Düsseldorf, Germany. The new offering is packaged in a unique deep red glass bottle bears curious markings and the striking label boldly proclaims ‘Nature has no place for the weak’.