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Powerscourt Distillery second Spirit of Wicklow Awards – Giving back to their local community


Thursday 25th June, Powerscourt Distillery hosted a wonderful and vibrant celebration for their second Spirit of Wicklow Awards. The “Spirit of Wicklow” awards celebrate the “Extraordinary Spirit”, passion, inspiration and uncompromising mindset of Wicklow and its people. A wonderful example of how a distillery can give back to the local community, recognising and celebrating their contributions.

This year the awards received over 1,300 entries from communities, businesses and groups in County Wicklow. The four categories for entries were:

  • Arts, Sports and Culture
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Community
  • Sustainability


In addition the overall winner received the Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow award.

The winners were:

In the Arts, Sports and Culture:  Signal Arts Centre

Enterprise and Innovation: Kilmullen Farm

Community:  Kilbride GAA

Sustainability:  An Tairseach

Overall Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow winner:  Wildacres


The Powerscourt Distillery’s Head of Marketing, Caroline Gardiner, remarked,

“As an Enniskerry native, I am incredibly proud of our unique and beautiful Garden County and the abundance it has to offer. These awards celebrate the passionate and inspirational mindset of Wicklow and its people, seen every day in all aspects of our communities.”


The evening was a testament to the extraordinary spirit of Wicklow, with each winner receiving a specially commissioned award crafted from Wicklow Oak by Craftsman Ian Robertson, all category winners received a “Powerscourt Experience” hamper including Membership of the Estate, Powerscourt Golfing voucher for four, Powerscourt Hotel dinner vouchers, throws from Avoca and selection of FERCULLEN Whiskeys and tours from the host of the event, Powerscourt Distillery. The overall “Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow” winner Wildacres, also received a €2,000 bursary, for their own use or donation to a charity of their choice in Wicklow, further emphasising the community-centric ethos of the awards.

The Spirit of Wicklow Awards underscore the Powerscourt Distillery’s commitment to supporting and uplifting the local community, reflecting the values that define both the Distillery and the region.


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