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21st November 2019

In its third year now having become its own category, the Icons if Whisky Ireland mark that time of the year when Whisky Magazine celebrates and honours the whiskey resurgence of this nation. This has been driven by those people and places nominated in the shortlist for these awards. Those taking the coveted top spots have been chosen for showing particular dedication and drive, taking not just their companies, but the industry too to another level.

Additionally, to these winners and highly commended people and places, we are honoured to confer a Hall of Fame award on Tullamore DEW’s own global ambassador John Quinn for his expertise and passion. The Hall of Fame is proudly sponsored by Amorim Top Series.

These were presented on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at the The Iveagh Garden Hotel.

Distiller of the Year, sponsored by Glencairn
Irish Distillers

Highly Commended
Great Northern Distillery

Craft Producer of the Year, sponsored by Wade Ceramics
Dingle Distillery

Highly Commended
Clonakilty Distillery

Brand Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Westrock
Irish Distillers

Highly Commended
Chapel Gate Whiskey

Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by Christies

Highly Commended
Jameson Experience Bow Street

Master Distiller/Blender of the Year, sponsored by Steklarna Hrastnik
Billy Leighton, Midleton Distillery

Highly Commended
Alex Chasko, Teeling

Distillery Manager of the Year, sponsored by Larkfire
Darryl McNally, The Liberties

Highly Commended
Lyndsey Harkins, Connacht Whiskey

Irish Whisky Ambassador of the Year
Avril Hogan, Dingle Distillery

Highly Commended
Ger Garland, Irish Distillers

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year
Lisa Jameson, Teeling

Highly Commended
Claire Hickey, Powerscourt

Bar Group of the Year
Chawke Pub Group

Highly Commended
The Porterhouse Group

Bar of the Year
37 Dawson Street, Dublin

Highly Commended
9 Below, Dublin

Bar Manager of the Year
Jim Rafferty, the Dylan Whisky Bar

Highly Commended
Kevin Hurley, Balfes

Bartender of the Year
Aaron Fleming, Celtic Whiskey Bar

Highly Commended
Chris Hennessy, Dylans Whisky Bar

Hotel Bar of the Year
The Tack Room, Adare Manor

Highly Commended
Ashford Castle, Cong

Communicator of the Year
Fionnan O'Connor, @AGlassApart

Highly Commended
Bill Linnane, The Irish Independent

Campaign Innovator of the Year

Highly Commended
Dublin Liberties

Communications Agency of the Year
Burrell PR

Highly Commended

Advertising Agency of the Year
TBWA, Dublin

Highly Commended
The Public House

Design Agency of the Year
MK Designs

Highly Commended
Red & Grey

Designer of the Year
Mark Keating, MK Designs

Highly Commended
Stephen Heffernan

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year
Mitchell & Sons Wine Merchants

Highly Commended
O'Briens Wine Beer & Spirits

Online Retailer of the Year
Celtic Whiskey Shop

Highly Commended

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year
Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin

Highly Commended
James Fox Cigar & Whiskey Store, Dublin

Whisky Buyer of the Year
Ally Alpine

Highly Commended
John Cooney

Supermarket of the Year

Highly Commended
Dunnes Stores

Travel Retailer of the Year
Aer Rianta International

Highly Commended
Cork Airport

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