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A Killarney distillery is expanding and is set to launch its second batch of locally produced whiskey after just 18 months of trading.

Wayward Irish Spirits is a family owned Irish Whiskey company based at the Lakeview Estate, near Fossa.

Lakeview Estate was the family home of Daniel ‘The Liberator’ O’Connell and his direct descendant Maurice O’Connell founded the distillery there early last year.

‘The Liberator Irish Whiskey’ celebrates the legacy of Daniel O’Connell, born in Kerry in 1775, was launched on the Irish market last November before going on sale in the New Year and just a few short months after Wayward Irish Spirits started distilling in Fossa.

Now 18 months on (from its foundation) the Fossa company is set to launch its second batch (limited to 1000 bottles) of its original offering to the Irish market.

“My forebear Daniel O’Connell’s independent spirit and sometimes wayward approach inspires how we craft whiskey at our family’s historic Lakeview Estate on the shores of Lough Leane in Killarney,” founder Maurice O’Connell said. “Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we’re thrilled with the response to the inaugural release earlier this year which is now almost sold out and are now releasing Batch two. This is a limited release of 1,000 numbered bottles. Batch two has everything the Inaugural Release had but those extra 5 months have added to the roundness and balance.”

 

 

Alongside ‘The Liberator’ the Lakeview Estate grows its own barley and laid down its first casks in early 2019.

 

“We are proud to be celebrating the 18-month birthday of our Single Estate Pot Still spirit and are working towards grain-to-glass distilling here in 2024”,” added O’Connell.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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