Iconic brewery towers to topple as Diageo exits

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

View of the brewery and Irish town from St. Canice's Round Tower.  (Photo: Eoin Hennessy/www.ehp.ie)
The 22 iconic, large maturation vessels of the city brewery site are set to disappear forever soon, as Diageo begins the process of withdrawing from much of the St Francis Abbey brewery site.

The 22 iconic, large maturation vessels of the city brewery site are set to disappear forever soon, as Diageo begins the process of withdrawing from much of the St Francis Abbey brewery site.

Applications have been made to the local authorities to demolish several key buildings. The drinks giant is seeking to to remove the 23-metre-high maturation vessels – although retain the single storey structure that supports them – and to demolish the former bottling store (4297 sqm), former kegging plant (4523 sqm), and associated plant and equipment along the River Nore frontage of the site.

The plans will also see the demolition of the fermenter vessel block (1782 sqm), and the disassembly of rice/malt silos, malt intake and spent grain storage areas. Permission is also sought to demolish a detached garage building to the rear of Vicar Street.

Diageo intends to retain the two protected structures comprising No 44 Parliament Street, which is currently used as a Visitor’s Centre, and the adjacent gateway.