Walsh Whiskey Distillery (SOLD OUT)

As part of our social programme, Reliability Ireland Conference delegates are invited to attend a complimentary private tour of Walsh Whiskey Distillery after the Conference sessions on Tuesday 12th September at 6pm. A coach will take delegates to the Distillery at 5.15pm and the tour will last for one hour.

Please email if you wish to reserve a place on the tour.

About Walsh Whiskey Distillery

The Distillery at the Royal Oak in County Carlow is dedicated to the production of premium handcrafted Irish whiskeys. Located in Ireland’s Ancient East region, it is one of the largest independent whiskey distilleries in the country and the first to be developed in Carlow in over 200 years.

Opened in June 2016, the distillery is the key element in a €25 million investment which positions Walsh Whiskey Distillery as one of the leading craft Irish whiskey producers in this, Irish whiskey’s second golden age.

The distillery produces Walsh Whiskey’s critically acclaimed, award winning, ultra-premium Irish whiskey brands – The Irishman and Writers Tears and is the only independent distillery in the world to produce all three types of Irish whiskey in one house, namely – pot still, malt and grain.

The still house has two production lines, using both pot stills and column stills, which give Walsh Whiskey Distillery the capacity to produce 650,000 cases (two and a half million litres of pure alcohol (LPA’s) or 8 million bottles) of whiskey annually.

There are almost 30 tonnes of copper and steel whiskey distilling equipment installed at Royal Oak.

Both of whiskey’s main ingredients, water and barley, are in plentiful local supply from the surrounding barley-growing farms and the Barrow Valley Aquifer, a massive natural underground reservoir containing 200 million cubic metres of water located 70 metres directly below the distillery at Royal Oak.


Visit to T.E Laboratories Ltd

TelLab will host a tour of its laboratory at 4pm on Monday 11th September.

If you would like to attend, please email

Tour Details:

Duration – 1 hr 30 minutes.

Machine Care Lab

The oil lab tour will cover the areas of logging and diagnostics samples along with an introduction to each piece of equipment and its functionality.

  • Spectroil M
  • FTIR
  • Viscometer
  • Particle analysis
  • Ferrography
  • Fuel dilution meter

Transformer Oil Lab

This tour will give you a better understanding of what, how and why we analyse insulating mineral oil (transformer oil).

Physical Analysis

  1. Moisture Content
  2. Breakdown Voltage
  3. Resistivity & Dissipation (Power) Factor
  4. Interfacial Tension
  5. Total Acid Number (Acidity)
  6. Colour

Chemical Analysis

  1. Dissolved Gas Analysis by GC-FID/TCD (TOGA)
  2. PCB analysis by GC-MS
  3. DBDS analysis by GC-MS
  4. Furans analysis by HPLC
  5. Corrosive Sulphur Content by IEC62535 (Copper Rod) & DIN51353 (Silver Strip)


Local Information and Attractions

Kilkenny is a vibrant city in the South East of Ireland, renowned for its culture, cuisine and medieval castle. The cobbled streets of the city are dotted with trendy bars, designer shops and craft boutiques all overlooked by the majestic towers of Kilkenny’s 12th century castle on the banks of the river Nore. The newly opened Medieval Mile Museum is a cultural centre boasting 800 years of history housed under the roof of 13th Century St. Mary’s Church.

Artists and artisans flourish in Kilkenny; it is home to the National Craft Gallery, housed in the heart of the city in the old stable yard of Kilkenny Castle. Those looking for adventure can follow well signposted cycling trails and scenic loop walks. The Made in Kilkenny craft trail and Taste of Kilkenny food trail are also extremely popular Kilkenny attractions.

Other Kilkenny attractions include the myriad of eateries, bars and music venues that make Kilkenny such a popular destination. Kilkenny festivals have been attracting visitors to the city for decades thanks to nightlife famous for traditional music, intimate comedy gigs and an eclectic mix of trendy and traditional bars and cafes.


Suggestions for Sightseeing in Dublin City

City Sightseeing Tour of Dublin – Award winning hop on hop off sightseeing city tour bus.

Choose to visit your top picks in Dublin City including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublinia, the National Museum of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, National Botanic Gardens, Croke Park Stadium, Temple Bar, the Irish Whiskey Museum and many more.

€19 for a 24 hour Hop On – Hop Off ticket.

Buses depart every 10 minutes before 2pm and every 15 minutes there after. The service runs from 9am until 5pm everyday, departing from Dublin City Centre.

The company also offers a range of guided tour options.

Dublin City Sightseeing Tour Information and Booking

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