Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is a new chapter for The Liberties, Dublin. Family history, a personal passion for brewing and distilling, and an entrepreneurial spirit has inspired the restoration of St. James’ Church.

Whether you are an intrepid whiskey enthusiast, culturally curious or just an inquisitive Dubliner, you are sure to enjoy a journey through 800 years of history at St. James with our local storytellers.

While whiskey is only part of our story, it plays a vital part in the future of our distillery and Dublin’s Liberties. At Pearse Lyons Distillery, visitors touch, taste and smell every step of the distilling process as well as interacting with our distillers. Saving the best until last, visitors finish with three tastings of our signature Pearse Irish Whiskey at our tasting bar.

Pearse Lyons Distillery is truly history in the remaking. St. James’ Church dates back to the 12th century. The present church was constructed in 1859–1860 in a Gothic design with a cross shape, a tower and a spire at the southwest corner. In 1948, the top 30 feet of the church spire was removed due to structural problems. The church was then closed for worship following a decline in the number of parishioners in 1963. It underwent various transformations, including becoming a lighting store and a food warehouse, until finally being renovated as you see it today.

We have depicted our story through Irish artisan stained glass windows that illuminate the distillery interior. The illustrations depicted on the windows include: the pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago, also known as “St. James’ Way”; how Irish Whiskey is made; the art of coopering; and the natural ingredients grown for our “uisce beatha” (Irish for “water of life,” another name for whiskey).

Along our restoration journey, we have uncovered many curious stories that bring the past to life. They give us a deeper sense of the social, civil and historical impact of The Liberties.

We have uncovered a wealth of knowledge from the graveyard. The headstones shed light on the trades that The Liberties welcomed in the past. Tradesmen and women who worked as coopers, distillers, linen merchants, shoemakers, bakers, bishops and soldiers have all found a resting place here at St. James’ Church alongside many members of our family.

This is a new beginning for St. James’ Church as a boutique, working distillery that will welcome visitors to discover its vibrant and colourful history.

*From distillery website

IWSA Notes:

  • Irish-born Pearse Lyons and his wife Deirdre are founders of Alltech, a $2.1 billion animal nutrition company based in Nicholasville, Kentucky

  • Opened in Sept, 2017

  • Tracey Flinter, General Manager

  • Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller.

  • The church was purchased for €690,000 and the refurbishment has cost €10.5 million to date.

  • The renovation has been ongoing since 2014.

  • Will produce 1,000 liters of whiskey per week.

  • The new facility is expected to attract up to 75,000 annual visitors.


    Monday to Saturday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
    (first tour 10:00am, last tour 5:00pm)
    Sundays and Bank Holidays:
    11:30am - 6:00pm
    (first tour 12:00pm, last tour 5:00pm)


    Pearse Lyons Distillery
    121-122 James's Street
    Dublin 8, D08 ET27, Ireland

    +353 (0) 1 6916000


    Adult and three tastings: €20
    Concession and three tastings: €18
    Children 0-10: Free of charge
    Children 11-17: €10
    For groups of 10 or more contact

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