Lough Ree – The Bridge Series Bethlehem Single Grain
15 km north of Athlone, near the point where the River Inny enters Lough Ree, and close to the towns of Tang, Tubberclair and the legendary Three Jolly Pigeons lies the townland of Bethlehem. It takes it’s name from the convent founded there, almost 400 years ago, in 1631 to be precise, by the Poor Claire order. In this remote location some 60 nuns lived in silence, barefoot and were the original vegetarians, never eating meat. They only stayed there 10 years, being forced to flee for their lives across the lake in 1641 to escape the oncoming English forces from Athlone who were in search of food, and who ultimately desecrated and burned the convent.
The brand felt it appropriate to name our Christmas 2021 release in honour of these remarkable women. The whiskey then went on to win a Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2021.
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