I was living in Singapore and I was working for a really big multinational and I realised the future of the family farm wasn’t necessarily hugely secure because my dad farms but I don’t farm and my brother doesn’t farm,” Louise McGuane confides. This seems to be the catalyst that brought Louise home to Cooraclare after working all over the world with large drinks companies for over 20 years.

On her father, PJ’s, beef and dairy farm, Louise established her business, The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company, and on 1 December 2016, she became the first licenced whiskey bonder in Ireland.