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Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Matt D'Arcy's & Co in Newry, and William Lavelle, head of Drinks Ireland

Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Matt D'Arcy's & Co in Newry, and William Lavelle, head of Drinks Ireland

Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Matt D'Arcy's & Co in Newry, and William Lavelle, head of Drinks Ireland

Northern Ireland distilleries played a "strong role" as more than 1 million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries across the island of Ireland last year.

It is the first time visitor numbers have exceeded the 1 million mark, Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association said.

In 2019, Northern Ireland was home to three Irish whiskey visitor centres at Bushmills Distillery, Echlinville Distillery and Rademon Estate Distillery, with more planned.

A new distillery and visitor centre will open this year at The Hinch Distillery in Co Down, with further plans for visitor attractions at Matt Darcy's & Co in Newry and Crumlin Road, Belfast.

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