Birthplace of Irish Whiskey

Ballykeefe is situated in the heartland of Ireland, adjacent to its medieval capital, Kilkenny city. It is steeped in a historic heritage and tradition, holding the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Irish Whiskey.

It is from our area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324. It was written in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”.

At Ballykeefe we are now bringing a truly special “water of life” from centuries past to a new generation for their pleasure and good health.

Morgan Ging

Morgan had a dream 25 years ago of reviving a centuries lost tradition of having a distillery on the family farm. Morgan is a direct descendant from a farming family that can trace their unbroken farming linage as far back as the written records exist, all the way to the golden era of family farm distilleries. With Ballykeefe Distillery now open his dream is a reality and he wants everyone to enjoy.

Jamie Baggott

Jamie hails from Headfordshire in the UK. He is an international award-winning distiller with the magical touch.

The best in the world with trophies to prove it, he won Double Gold in 2016 in the San Francisco Spirit awards.

Jamie is a true master craftsman and it is his genius that puts Ballykeefe in a super premium class of its own.

Lynda Bolger

Lynda Bolger

Lynda is an international marketing executive, branding mentor and TV presenter.

Lynda’s skills, creativity and energy are at the heart of our superb public relations. She is our indispensable people person, our very own celebrity.

She makes sure we deliver the very best tour experience for all our visitors at Ballykeefe.