Where Hope and History Rhyme
Royal Oak was handpicked by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh to be the home of Walsh Whiskey Distillery and its whiskeys, The Irishman and Writers Tears.
“After many years looking for the right place, we knew Royal Oak was the one as soon as we saw it. Set deep in the heart of barley-growing country, framed by two hundred year old might oaks on the banks of the goodly Barrow in Ireland’s Ancient East, Royal Oak is the perfect place for creating the exceptional quality whiskeys that we are dedicated to crafting for people all over the world to enjoy. But first we have work to do!
While the estate’s pastoral lands are in pristine condition, Holloden House, Royal Oak’s historic Georgian mansion dating back to 1755, needs careful renovation. Brick by brick, we are lovingly restoring the 18th century residence that is to be our spiritual home. All around Holloden’s walls, once beautiful gardens are slowly re-emerging from the undergrowth, full of old and rare species. At the same time, our world-class distillery, is built to the highest standards to ensure we can produce the authentic Irish whiskeys of our dreams.
Royal Oak is in the name of our tiny local village, where we are lucky to work closely with the farmers, craftsmen and neighbours who are at the heart of our community. As new life is breathed into the estate, we hope everyone benefits from the jobs that are created, the barley that is grown and the many visitors who will come over the years ahead.
The Walsh Whiskey Distillery in the majestic setting of Royal Oak reflects our passion for the attention to detail that we believe makes a difference and our family’s dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence.”
Bernard & Rosemary Walsh