Dun­dalk man launches Ir­ish whiskey auc­tion

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

Dun­dalk busi­ness­man An­thony Sheehy is urg­ing every­one to look un­der the sink or at the back of the cup­board to see if they have any liq­uid gold.

An­thony and his wife Cather­ine have launched Ire­land’s first on-line whiskey auc­tion site which is set start ac­cept­ing bids this Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

He al­ready has some spe­cial lots go­ing up for auc­tion, in­clud­ing a €40,000 full col­lec­tion of Mi­dle­ton Rare dat­ing from 1984 to 2017 be­long­ing to a col­lec­tor, the first col­lec­tion of Din­gle whiskey and a 1969 Mi­dle­ton which is one of just 300 bot­tles of its vin­tage in the world.

An­thony says that while there are around a dozen whisky auc­tion sites in the UK, they mainly sell Scot­tish whisky.

With the huge growth of in­ter­est in Ir­ish whiskey, he saw the op­por­tu­nity to launch www. irish­whiskeyauc­tions.ie

‘I have 150 lots of whiskey go­ing up in the first auc­tion, with bids open­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12.’

He ex­plains that the auc­tion will con­tinue for nine days, end­ing on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 21 at 7pm.

Along­side the col­lec­tion of Mi­dle­ton Rare and Din­gle, he said there will be bot­tles from Bush­mills, Coo­ley and other dis­til­leries up for grabs.

‘At one time there were only three dis­til­leries in Ire­land but now there are 18 with an­other 16 due in the next few years.’

This is good news for Ir­ish whiskey lovers, and An­thony says that peo­ple could be sit­ting on a small for­tune. ‘ There are lots of peo­ple who have bot­tles of whiskey sit­ting un­der the sink or in a cup­board, so if they are not whiskey drinkers, they might be sur­prised to find out how much it’s worth!’

Dun­dalk man An­thony Sheehy and his wife Cather­ine have launched Ir­ish Whiskey auc­tion.

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