Go west - Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Tullamore DEW and Gallway
FYI I finally have access to wifi on a coach and was writing up yesterday's journey, thought I had it on auto save , we took an Irish corner and )(:$7 report vanished 😢
Ralf Burbach and Mike O'Conner are proud to show us their downtown campus and tell us of the future plans for DIT. The Aungiers Road campus was originally created to teach home economics (wives how to cook) to the locals. Over time this building has been modified to include a restaurant, tasting room, production kitchen and chocolate room. The building was built in the '30's and is considered a "registered" building according to the Irish govt. I took that to mean it is a historical site which of course limits any and the type of alterations that can be done on the building. Bringing the building up to current technology is challenging and expensive so DIT is planning a start new quarters in 2017, with plans for classes by 2020. We are excited for them! The students are in final exam mode, so the building was very quiet for our tour. The amount of copper pans and silver had caught my eye, that I had to take some pictures.
Before i begin I want to thank Bernie Pearson, regional Manager PMA, who was very instrumental in making this afternoon possible. Not only were we provided with a lovely lunch and tour at the Tullamore visitors centre, we also got the VIP tour over at the brand new distillery. Thank you Jane Maher for your time and information.
Although Tullamore has been in business since 1893, it was Wm Grant & Sons that has brought renewed life back to the town and the Distillery after their purchase in 2011. The state of the art distillery is gorgeous and the finishes top class plus the whiskey is grand too. We learned bout how 3 seems to be the magic number for Tullamore: 3 years required by law before release, 3 types of blends, 3 grains used (malted and unmalted barley & corn) and 3 different temperatures required for distillation to produce this Amber nectar.