The owner of a Northern Irish drinks company is launching a new Irish whiskey as a tribute to his late father.
Ciaran Mulgrew is the managing director of Niche Drinks. His father was a barman in and around Belfast for more than half a century and Ciaran learnt the business from a young age.
Now, he is extending the range of drinks he sells and has named the new whiskey, after his dad, The Quiet Man.
Ciaran said: “My father, John Mulgrew, was a barman who worked for over 50 years in various bars around Belfast and Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
“From a very young age he would bring me into work with him and I grew up loving the sounds and smells of the bar, the craic, the laughter and the smell of the whiskey.
“I always thought that if I ever got to make my own whiskey I would name it after my father. In 50 years as a barman he saw a lot of things and heard a lot of stories, but like all good bartenders, he was true to his code and told no tales. He was ‘The Quiet Man’ or as they say in the Irish ‘An Fear Ciuin’.”
The new whiskey will feature an image of John Mulgrew from the 1950s.
The name The Quiet Man is not related to the famous 1950s film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, but is a personal tribute from son to father. However, it may help create a buzz and excitement about the new drink.
Niche Drinks have been manufacturing and selling traditional Cream Liqueurs, Irish Coffee and Ready To Drink Cocktails for more than 30 years. They are confident that the latest addition to their product range will further enhance their reputation as one of the finest drinks makers in the world.
They have recently been granted planning permission to build a new distillery in Derry to manufacture the Quiet Man whiskey.