Walsh Whiskey Awards 5th Annual Bursary to SETU Brewing & Distilling Student Matteo Costarella

Walsh Whiskey Awards 5th Annual Bursary to SETU Brewing & Distilling Student Matteo Costarella

Matteo Costarella, a second-year Brewing and Distilling undergraduate at South East Technological University (SETU) is the fifth recipient of the annual Walsh Whiskey €1,000 bursary.  The prize is awarded by Walsh Whiskey (producers of Writers’ Tears &The Irishman premium whiskeys) to the student with the highest first-year grades in the Bachelor of Science in Brewing & Distilling course at SETU. The four-year course was the first of its kind in Ireland when initiated in 2017.

Matteo, who travelled from Italy specifically to study Brewing and Distilling at SETU, was delighted to receive his award from Bernard Walsh, Co-founder & Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, commenting: “Winning this award means that the hard work I put into it has paid off.”

Bernard Walsh, Co-founder and Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, presented the bursary cheque to Matteo Costarellaand addressed the second year undergraduate Brewing and Distilling class at SETU’s Carlow campus. Mr Walsh said: “We congratulate Matteo Costarella for his excellent results which add to the growing reputation of the excellent calibre of SETU students and graduates. Having expanded from a handful of distilleries a decade ago, the Irish whiskey sector now numbers over 40 distilleries and is expected to continue to grow apace for many years to come. In that context, it is vital that SETU continues to produce graduates of the calibre of Matteo who have great long term career prospects to look forward to.”

Dr David Ryan, Programme Director for the degree course commented, “The honours degree in Brewing and Distilling at SETU is an industry facing, practitioner informed programme and ongoing collaboration and engagement with the industry is central to our success.  The team at Walsh Whiskey has partnered with us from the very early stages of the development of the honours degree and their ongoing support, including the annual Walsh Whiskey bursary epitomises the value of the university-industry relationship for our students and our graduates.”

Launched in 2017, the four-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Brewing and Distilling was developed by South East Technological University following significant research and consultation with industry, representative organisations, national bodies and government. The programme has received huge support from the industry.

Caption: Bernard Walsh, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey presenting the 5th Annual Walsh Whiskey Bursary cheque for €1,000 to Matteo Costarella, a second year student in the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Brewing & Distilling degree course at SETU.

Pictured (left to right) are Dr David Ryan, Programme Director; Aisling Fitzgerald, Faculty of Science Secretary; Matteo Costarella; Bernard Walsh; Dr David Phelan, Head of Department of Applied Sciences and Claire Minnock, Head of Marketing at Walsh Whiskey.

For further information:

South East Technological University (SETU)
Susan Walsh

Walsh Whiskey
Conor Dempsey, Walsh Whiskey Press Office at Dempsey Corporate
Email: Tel: +353 (0)86 247 9892

About Walsh Whiskey:
Established in 1999, and part of the Amber Beverage Group ( since 2021, Walsh Whiskey is a leading producer of super-premium, triple-distilled, Irish whiskeys – The Irishman® and Writers’ Tears®. Its critically acclaimed whiskeys are dedicated to celebrating the Single Pot Still (Writers’ Tears) and Single Malt (The Irishman) premium styles of whiskey. To date this comprises 23 expressions based on historic recipes from the 19th century, Irish whiskey’s golden age, and a range of rare finishes including Mizunara, Florio Marsala, Rum, Cognac, Coffee Stout, Seaweed IPA, Icewine and of course Oloroso and PX Sherries. The company is based in Carlow, Southwest of Dublin, Ireland.