Dublin’s Golden Triangle

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 & Sons, 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).

Past & Present

Whiskey, Whiskey Everywhere!

The area’s whiskey industry did not come without its perils! One of the most destructive fires in the history of Dublin occurred on 18 June 1875, when a disastrous conflagration near Newmarket in The Liberties saw burning whiskey flow through the streets of the area like lava and 13 people lost their lives. Las Fallon tells the story of the great whiskey fire, and its unusual fatalities (video courtesy of www.storymap.ie).

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