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Walsh Whiskey awards 6th Brewing & Distilling bursary to SETU student John Brennan


Investment in the future talent of Irish whiskey through their continued annual bursary award.


John Brennan, a second year student from South East Technological University (SETU) was awarded the Walsh Whiskey sixth annual bursary of €1,000 at the university’s campus in Carlow. John is an undergraduate student of SETU Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling. The prize is awarded by Walsh Whiskey, producers of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman premium whiskeys, to the student with the highest grades in the first year of the bachelor’s course, the first course of its kind in Ireland.

Speaking about the course and SETU’s collaboration with Walsh Whiskey, Dr Sinead Morris, Programme Director, commented,

“The collaboration between SETU and Walsh Whiskey has been pivotal to the success of our brewing and distilling honours degree programme which has been designed with industry relevance in mind. Since the programme’s inception, Walsh Whiskey has been a steadfast partner playing a crucial role in the course’s development and maintaining an enduring commitment to our students and graduates. Walsh Whiskey’s continued support, exemplified by its annual bursary, highlights the immense value of the strong university-industry relationship that exists between our institutions.”


Addressing brewing and distilling students at the bursary presentation, Bernard Walsh, Co-founder and Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, said:

“We would like to congratulate John on his excellent results and wish him well in his future studies. We are delighted to collaborate with SETU and share the industry knowledge we’ve gained at Walsh Whiskey with students of the programme. From there being just a handful of distilleries in Ireland a decade ago, there are now over 50 nationwide. In addition, we at Walsh Whiskey are planning a major new distillery in Dunleckney, county Carlow, so SETU graduates have great career prospects both locally and right across Ireland.”


Launched in 2017, the four-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling was developed by SETU following significant research and consultation with industry, representative organisations, national bodies, and government. It is the first honours degree programme in brewing and distilling on the island of Ireland, and one of only four worldwide to have achieved professional recognition from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). The team at SETU worked closely with industry in the development of the course to ensure graduates meet the needs of future employers in the sector. The combines science, engineering, business, and marketing as well as research, innovation and entrepreneurship, alongside a work-based learning module.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling, click here.

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