Dr. David Ryan Amongst “20 Most Influential People in Irish Whiskey Today”


Dr. David Ryan, Director of the Office of Institutional Planning and Research at Institute of Technology Carlow, has been listed in the “20 Most Influential People in Irish Whiskey Today”.

Created by online food and drink publication, the list includes the biggest players in the Irish whiskey industry today is described as “the who’s who of the industry.. filled with innovators, business people and veteran tastemakers that are driving the spirit’s new golden age”. They include: John Teeling of The Great Northern Distillery; Dr. Pearse Lyons of Pearse Lyons Distillery; Bernard & Rosemary Walsh of Walsh Whiskey Distillery; Jean-Christophe Coutures, CEO of CEO and Chairman of Irish Distilleries Pernod Ricard and the current Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed.

In citing Dr. Ryan, says “Dr. David Ryan is the Director of IT Carlow’s bachelor’s degree in brewing and distilling, the first of its kind in Ireland and the result of two years of research and development by the Institute of Technology Carlow.  The course is set to train Ireland’s future professional brewers and distillers, at a time when both industries are booming.”

“David has been part of the IT Carlow team since 2003 and has a PhD in Biotechnology and Microbiology from the University of Ireland. The programme will not only help train the next generation of local talent, but it’s expected to attract international learners and contribute to the enhancement of agricultural science and research.”

Irish whiskey has become the world’s fastest growing spirits category with exports up by 18.5% in the first half of 2017 (22% in the United States. lists those in the Top 20 listing as “the masterminds and key players in today’s Irish whiskey renaissance”.

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