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Fermanagh gin takes off at Dublin Airport

A craft gin from Co Fermanagh has gone on sale at Dublin International Airport's duty-free section.

Boatyard Gin is made in a converted boatyard near Enniskillen.

Chief executive Joe McGirr said: "We were delighted to have secured this hugely significant listing for our first product, Boatyard Double Gin, at such an important and busy location that will showcase the gin to millions of travellers.

"It carries forward our successful launch at Belfast International Airport. Dublin International Airport moves the gin onto another level.

"We will be working with the airport on promotional and sampling initiatives to raise awareness of our premium quality gin and, of course, to boost sales with the millions of passengers to the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It's a tremendous business opportunity for us.

Mr McGirr founded Boatyard Gin two years ago. The spirit is made from organically grown wheat, with botanicals including juniper, coriander, lemon, angelica, orris and liquorice.

Mr McGirr worked in senior roles in drinks firms including Glenmorangie and Moet Hennessy before setting up Boatyard.

The distillery won an international spirits award last year for its bottle design.

Mr McGirr said: "The production of the base spirit and the careful selection of local botanical ingredients give Boatyard Gin a distinctive taste profile to stand out against competitors in the market."

The company has also won listings in Dublin with the Celtic Whiskey Shop, and Speciality Drinks in London. It also supplies to the trade, selling its product to hotels, restaurants and bars.

Belfast Telegraph