In its 18th and 19th century heyday, The Liberties was the centre of brewing and distilling in Dublin, with the largest concentration of producers in Ireland. In fact, by the 1880s the area boasted the world’s largest brewery, operated by Guinness, and the world’s biggest whiskey distillery, owned by George Roe & Sons. The industries declined dramatically in the 20th century, with the last distillery closing in 1973. However recent years have seen something of a revival of fortunes. Discover some of the area’s long-gone barons, and meet the new producers bringing home the uisce beatha (water of life).