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Matt. D'Arcy & Old Newry Whiskies


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written by Michael McKeown


Michael McKeown, having Sunday lunch out with his wife Carmel- a hour of relaxation, contentment, and reflection on a creative and successful life as an entrepreneur and historian- 69 years of age and then, at the zenith of this contentment he is stirred by the sight of a mirror, on the wall of the restaurant, advertising an old Newry whiskey.

Coming from a family of wine and sprit merchants, the appearance of this image at this particular time quite speedily blended quiet thoughts into serious thoughts, maybe the coming to life a long unconscious ambition, something unfinished. And so, the overall ambition eventually clarified itself: to create the history of Old Newry Whiskies and to re-establish the former distillery premises in Monaghan Street, raise it up anew as a going concern for the twenty first century. 

It seems there are two basic strands involved in the creation of a particular history. The first is gathering of facts, of information. But such a projection does not do justice to what is at stake. The author is recreating a drama, gathering hidden and long-lost things, building up characters and events piece by piece, the embarking of heroes and villains on their journey.

But there is another factor in the compilation of a history, the mystical element. In the history of Old Newry Whiskey through the heroic name of Matt D'Arcy, what was dead and long forgotten is come alive again. 

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Stephen N.
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Whisky Book

Gives a lovely local insight into history of distilling.

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Brilliant service & Book

Highly recommend both the book and service. Received the book very quick and there was a lovely personal message inside. Book itself is also a great read!

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Great service. Came well on time

Enjoying it immensely