The representative organisation Women in Irish Whiskey was officially launched as a nonprofit organisation at an event held today, Friday, 8th March 2024, at Roe & Co Distillery, in Dublin’s The Liberties.

Women in Irish Whiskey was set up by industry professionals and lifelong friends Heather Clancy and Anne-Marie Kelly, both from Co Kildare, to support women and gender diversity within the Irish whiskey industry.

An Irish Whiskey Association ‘Sustainability Roadmap’ published in 2022 indicated that the gender split across the Irish whiskey industry is 63% male, 37% female.

The event featured a keynote panel discussion on the topic of Encouraging Career Development, with speakers Vanessa McMahon, managing director at The Great Northern Distillery, Hayley Milner, global marketing manager at Roe & Co Distillery and Helen Mulholland, master blender at Lough Gill Distillery.

Visit the new website for more information about the new nonprofit.