Galway Bay Brewery founder in poitín venture

Galway Bay Brewery founder in poitín venture
Pádraic Ó Griallais of Micíl Distillery. The founders also plan to branch out into gin and whiskey production Picture: Michael Dillon

‘I’m the first generation to make it legally’

“I’m standing here in the freezing cold putting labels on bottles wondering what on earth I’ve done,” joked Niall Walsh when we called.

Walsh, who co-founded the pioneering Irish craft beer maker and pub operator Galway Bay Brewery that grew into a €16 million turnover business, has sold out of his stake in that business to focus on Micíl Distillery.

Founded by former schoolteacher Pádraic Ó Griallais and based in Salthill in Galway,...

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