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Irish Whiskey Association Announces Scholarship Opportunity

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Irish Whiskey Association Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Irish Whiskey Association has announced that it is sponsoring a scholarship on the next intake of Maynooth University’s Brewing & Distilling Science course.

The short-term, micro-credential learning programme was created with the aim to promote consistent product excellence across the Irish whiskey industry.

The course, designed by Maynooth University’s Department of Chemistry and a number of Ireland’s distilling experts. It will cover the technical aspects of distilling.

This is the second year of the course. The application closing date is Monday 19 February, and the course begins on Saturday 2 March.

The training consists of 10 weeks of one-hour online lectures and a compulsory three-day hands-on laboratory experience.


The Irish section of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling will also lead a career development lecture.

‘The Next Generation’

Director of the Irish Whiskey Association Eoin Ó Catháin emphasised the importance of the partnership.

Ó Catháin said, “It’s very important that we support the development of leading-edge scientific knowledge among the next generation of talent working in the Irish Whiskey industry.

“Irish Whiskey is a premium, world-class product and a vital sector to the Irish economy, as seen not only in our contribution to the domestic economy but also in our export value.

“Building an advanced education and skills base in Ireland is critical for ensuring that Irish Whiskey retains a competitive edge globally.”


Professor Denise Rooney from Maynooth University’s chemistry department spoke of the scientific and industry skills blend within the course.

Professor Rooney said, “The course was created in response to the strong demand for an analytical course to support the growing Irish craft brewing and traditional whiskey industries.”

The course is open to applicants with a level 8 honours degree in a science discipline with a minimum 2.2 grade.

Experienced industry professionals who do not hold a primary or higher degree are also welcome to apply.

Taste4Success Skillnet is subsidising the course.

More information on the course can be found at and information about the Irish Whiskey Association is available at

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