ONE of Ireland’s only legal poitin makers will be giving an insight into his techniques at a special event being held in the Dun Uladh Centre this Saturday night, March 11.
Pádraic O Griallais is a sixth generation poitin maker from Connemara and the first of his family to legally distil the so-called ‘liquid dynamite.’
The event begins at 8.30pm and will include a chance to taste some of the variety of brands of poitin being made by O Griallais, who has taken a career break from teaching to set up his new business Micil Poitin.
He is aiming to brand Micil Poitin for the new generation and for new markets, both in Ireland and abroad.
Poitin making was illegal from the 1600s until 1997.
However, it can now be brewed legally under regulations specified by the Department of Agriculture in the Republic.
A number of companies are now operating there, although distilling remains illegal in the North.
In addition to the tasting session on Saturday night, there will also be a screening of a special documentary on O’Griallais and the art of poitin making.
The programme was originally broadcast on TG4 and has subtitles.
Organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, the event is free of charge.
• Further information can be obtained by contacting Michaeline Donnelly, Irish language Development officer on 079 5559 2969 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry to the event is £5 with all proceeds going towards Irish language scholarships for young people locally.