We’re Gareth & Michelle McAllister, a husband and wife team from Dublin. Together, we have lived and worked around the world, most recently in Asia. We returned to Ireland with the dream of turning our passion for craft Irish spirits into a family business and set our sights on opening a whiskey and gin distillery in the west of Ireland. When we visited the old mill in Ahascragh, Co Galway, we fell for its story: the beautiful stonework, the history of the buildings and the character of the small village drew us in.
Our plans had been brewing for a while, but the pandemic hastened our timeline when we found ourselves back home in Ireland in March 2020. Since then it has been all systems go. Almost two years later, we’ve welcomed the Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to Ahascragh to launch the project; opened The Old Mill Shop & Café; launched our first five products; and began construction on Ahascragh Distillery.
A whirlwind few months with many more milestones and celebrations to come.