Spirit is what made us famous the world over
POWERS WAS A HISTORY OF FIRSTS
It became the first distillery in Dublin to bottle their own whiskey. They were the first distillery in Ireland to erect a steam engine for its motive-power. It was also one of the first workplaces to have a dining area for its workers, which was very much ahead of its time.
INNOVATION WAS ALWAYS AT THE HEART
The start of a new century led to the innovation of a new cutting edge bottle, the miniature. Christened the ‘Baby Powers’, it was the first of its kind in the world.
DESIGNED TO STAND OUT
This was the year they registered their diamond P. Donning gold and their trademarked diamond a few years later they wowed at the World’s Fair in Chicago with a monumental bottle tower. This was very much a progressive PR coup that many would look up to even today.
has given us our strong history and identity
DOWN MEMORY LANE
The stills at John’s Lane Distillery were widely regarded as the most technologically advanced in Ireland. This was touched on a few year laters by the renowned whiskey writer Alfred Barnard who visited John’s Lane. He commented on how progressive the distillery was.
BUILDING A SAFE FUTURE
Safety and comfort of their workers was just as important outside, as well as inside. They built a series of lodging houses for seasonal workers protecting them from profit hungry landlords.
A BOLD MOVE
POWERS moved to a new state-of-the-art purpose built distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork. And later John’s Lane Distillery became home to a new generation of creative innovative minds when the Irish National College of Art and Design moved in.
have always been the most important ingredient
Masters at work
POWERS workers were widely upheld as skilled master craftsmen, from millers to stone masons. Every one of them were needed to make the distillery run like clockwork. In fact, they had a full time clockmaker on the books, to ensure just that.
They valued staff so much that they were one of the first companies to organise an annual outing, closing the Distillery, and bringing all employees for a day out in one of the family country homes.
It wasn’t all work and no play in the POWERS Distillery. A true sign of their team spirit, was their football team, POWERS United.
The Power family were full of heart outside of the distillery too. They contributed to numerous good causes, including building housing for the inhabitants of Oylegate village in Wexford near their country estate.
FROM POWERS TO POWERFUL
The Power Baronetcy of Edermine, Co. Wicklow was conferred upon John Power on 18 October in the year above. In his lifetime, John Power was also appointed High Sherriff for the City of Dublin. You could say, as the stature of their whiskey rose, so too did their position in society.