Eugene Quinlan a Master Cooper and 6th generation of Master Coopers. In times past the Quinan’s would have worked with both Distilleries and Breweries. In the 1950/60s the distilleries were the only place in Ireland that required working Master Cooper, because the process for storing beer had changed and the Breweries no longer required Coopers. The craft of coopering has all but died out in Ireland, and this is due largely to the widespread use of aluminium casks and plastic containers.
Eugene Quinlan is now the only Irish Independent Master Cooper that demonstrates the craft of Coopering. His presentation involves talks about the wood, barrels, tools and the craft on Coopering and the benefits that it had in Village work, Agriculture and Ships transporting cargo around the world until the 1950s and he also relates to the Distilleries that he is associated with today.
To learn more telephone or check the website facebook page to book a place with Eugune, The Master Cooper and hear details associated to this wonderful craft.
You'll enjoy the Caskmates Tour in the Franciscan Well Brewery, where you will witness the impact a cask can make first hand.