Congratulation to John O'Connell named as EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020

16 Nov 2020
John O’Connell, co-founder of West Cork Distillers, has been named as EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 at this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. (Photo: Naoise Culhane)

John O’Connell of Skibbereen-based West Cork Distillers, is a graduate and postgraduate of UCC graduating with a BSc and PhD in Food Chemistry. 

John was one of three life long friends, who along with Ger McCarthy and Denis McCarthy in 2003 set up West Cork Distillers. West Cork Distillers now has distributors across the globe, and its award-winning West Cork Irish Whiskey and Garnish Island Gin are sold in almost 70 countries.

West Cork Distillers also contract manufactures Irish whiskey for global spirits companies that require an Irish whiskey in their portfolio without investing in a physical distillery. In fact, West Cork Distillers contract manufactures Irish whiskey for some of the largest retailers in the world. 

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