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A weekend of very mixed emotions.

We were delighted that Donegal County Council issued their decision to GRANT planning permission for the Sliabh Liag Distillery. A momentous time for everyone and another step towards our goal of reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal, bringing long term jobs to the Parish and enhancing tourism in the area.

We are so grateful to the team at Corner Stone Architecture who have worked tirelessly to develop the distillery that will also retain and enhance the existing buildings, and thanks too to all the professionals and friends who have helped us get this far.

That was Friday and we had started work on the press release and the like with lots of discussions going back and forth between the team. We were to finalise everything over the weekend when we woke to the horrible news that Oliver had died suddenly at home. He influenced every aspect of our business with his vision, energy, charisma and good humour; his death will leave a huge void. Oliver was an inspirational character and has developed huge value in many business while also nurturing many start-ups with advice and guidance often unseen and managed to do all of this while maintaining a wonderful rascally sense of humour.

More than that he was a much loved husband and father and our thoughts are with his wife Helen, his son Elliot and his daughter Holly for whom words are sadly never going to be enough.

We will miss him.