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Icons of Whisky Ireland 2020 Results

We reveal who has taken the top spots in this year’s Irish Icons of Whisky
In its third year now having become its own category, the Icons if Whisky Ireland mark that time of the year when Whisky Magazine celebrates and honours the whiskey resurgence of this nation. This has been driven by those people and places nominated in the shortlist for these awards. Those taking the coveted top spots have been chosen for showing particular dedication and drive, taking not just their companies, but the industry too to another level.

Additionally to these winners and highly commended people and places, we are honoured to confer a Hall of Fame award on Tullamore DEW’s own global ambassador John Quinn for his expertise and passion.

We are proud to honour the following as Icons of Whisky Ireland 2020:


Distiller of the Year



Winner

Irish Distillers

Highly Commended

Great Northern Distillery


Craft Producer of the Year



Winner

Dingle Distillery

Highly Commended

Clonakilty Distillery


Brand Innovator of the Year



Winner

Irish Distillers

Highly Commended

Chapel Gate Whiskey


Visitor Attraction of the Year



Winner

Bushmills

Highly Commended

Jameson Experience Bow Street


Master Distiller/Blender of the Year



Winner

Billy Leighton, Midleton Distillery

Highly Commended

Alex Chasko, Teeling


Distillery Manager of the Year



Winner

Darryl McNally, The liberties

Highly Commended

Lyndsey Harkins, Connacht Whiskey


Irish Whisky Ambassador of the Year



Winner

Avril Hogan, Dingle Distillery

Highly Commended

Ger Garland, Irish Distillers


Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year



Winner

Lisa Jameson, Teeling

Highly Commended

Claire Hickey, Powerscourt


Bar Group of the Year



Winner

Chawke Pub Group

Highly Commended

The Porterhouse Group


Bar of the Year



Winner

37 Dawson Street, Dublin

Highly Commended

9 Below, Dublin


Bar Manager of the Year



Winner

Jim Rafferty, the Dylan Whisky Bar

Highly Commended

Kevin Hurley, Balfes


Bartender of the Year



Winner

Aaron Fleming, Celtic Whiskey Bar

Highly Commended

Chris Hennessy, Dylans Whisky Bar


Hotel Bar of the Year



Winner

The Tack Room, Adare Manor

Highly Commended

Ashford Castle, Cong


Communicator the Year



Winner

Fionnan O'Connor, @AGlassApart

Highly Commended

Bill Linnane, The Irish Independent


Campaign Innovator



Winner

Clonakilty

Highly Commended

Dublin Liberties


Communications Agency of the Year



Winner

Burrell PR

Highly Commended

Edelman


Advertising Agency of the Year



Winner

TBWA, Dublin

Highly Commended

The Public House


Design Agency of the Year



Winner

MK Designs

Highly Commended

Red & Grey


Designer of the Year



Winner

Mark Keating, MK Designs

Highly Commended

Stephen Heffernan


Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year



Winner

Mitchell & Sons Wine Merchants

Highly Commended

O'Briens Wine Beer & Spirits


Online Retailer of the Year



Winner

Celtic Whiskey Shop

Highly Commended

Irishmalts.com


Single Outlet Retailer of the Year



Winner

Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin

Highly Commended

James Fox Cigar & Whiskey Store, Dublin


Whisky Buyer of the Year



Winner

Ally Alpine

Highly Commended

John Cooney


Supermarket of the Year



Winner

Aldi

Highly Commended

Dunnes Stores


Travel Retailer of the Year



Winner

Aer Rianta International

Highly Commended

Cork Airport


The awards are sponsored by:
Glencairn Crystal Studio
The Glenturret Distillery
Larkfire
Steklarna Hrastnik
Wade Ceramics
Westrock - MPS