McMenamin Engineering supply structural steel and cladding for new Ardara Distillery

Sliabh Liag Distillers

McMenamin Engineering were delighted to supply and erect the structural steel and cladding for the Sliabh Liag Distillers build in Ardara, Co. Donegal. Sliabh Liag, the first distilling company in Donegal in over 175 years, are the creators of The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey and An Dulaman Gin.      

McMenemin Engineering Plans on table Steel structure being erected by McMenamin Engineering


McMenamin Engineering Design

Among the many passionate contributors to these award-winning spirits are James and Moira Doherty, who had a clear vision of their ideal distillery. Working closely with James and Moira, and Cornerstone Architecture, McMenamin turned their concepts into reality with some bespoke cladding details, such as continuous ridges on panel and roof pagoda’s.   Steel roof pagoda designed and supplied by McMenamin Engineering  

The adventure began in 2014 for the couple, when they moved back to Donegal with a dream of setting up a distillery in beautiful West Donegal, James’s parents’ ancestral home.  They settled in Carrick and due to their passion and determination, the Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey was launched within 2 short years. Within a year, and while settling in and planning a new distillery, An Dulaman Irish Maritime Gin was created.   McMenamin Engineering structural steel erection on Sliabh Liag site                                 Fast forward to 2021, and Sliabh Liag Distillers are expanding with support from their investors, the local community and huge amounts of passion and drive from James and Moira. With numerous gold and silver awards for their whiskey & gin, and the addition of Assaranca Vodka to the range, Sliabh Liag products are being enjoyed by customers all over the world. On top of all that, they are close to moving into their new distillery home in Ardara.  

McMenamin Engineering wish them the best of luck with the next stage of their journey.


McMenamin Engineering Contribution Recognised


McMenamin Engineering plaque in Sliabh Liag distillery Steel roof pagoda from McMenamin Engineering on Ardara Distillery

    In recognition of the contribution made by those involved in this build, James & Moira requested a plaque with their names be placed inside the building so that everyone coming through the visitor’s centre will know who helped in the creation of this magnificent distillery.  

Nice to know that you name will forever be inside a whiskey distillery!