Announcing the Spirit of Wicklow Awards: The Powerscourt Distillery celebrates the Garden County

New awards aim to celebrate the 'Extraordinary Spirit' and uncompromising mindset of Wicklow and its people



23 May 2023

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The Powerscourt Distillery has announced a very special awards programme celebrating Co. Wicklow, ‘The Spirit of Wicklow’.

The ‘Spirit of Wicklow’ awards aim to celebrate the ‘Extraordinary Spirit’ and uncompromising mindset of Wicklow and its people.

Co-operation is seen every day in Wicklow communities, businesses, services, craftsmanship, culture and the locals’ connection to the unique and beautiful landscape.

Nominations are now open at

“As an Enniskerry native, I couldn’t be prouder of our unique and beautiful Garden County and the abundance it has to offer,” said  Caroline Gardiner, head of Marketing, Digital & Communications at The Powerscourt Distillery, explaining the inspiration behind the unique awards.

“We are delighted to mark this seminal moment for the company with our ‘Spirit of Wicklow’ awards, acknowledging the amazing support we have received since founding The Powerscourt Distillery. The campaign aims to celebrate the passionate and inspirational mindset of Wicklow and its people, seen every day in all aspects of our communities.” 

There will be plenty of opportunities to make your “Spirit of Wicklow” nomination across the four categories over the while nominations are open.

Each of the four categories, shown below, relate to Powerscourt Distillery’s brand values:

  • The Spirit of Wicklow Community Award
  • The Spirit of Wicklow Sustainability Award
  • The Spirit of Wicklow Arts/Sports/Culture Award
  • The Spirit of Wicklow Enterprise and Innovation Award

Nominations are now open until 30 May 2023. While nominations can be made from outside the county, nominees (individual or group/business) must be either resident in Wicklow or working with a Wicklow-based entity.

The awards winner in each category will receive a specially commissioned award made from hand-chosen Wicklow Oak from Kiln Dried hardwoods Dromont and created by local craftmanship by Ian Robertson, known for his bespoke handmade Wicklow wood pens, a luxury hamper of Wicklow Produce, including a selection of exceptional Fercullen Whiskeys.

The overall winner, as chosen by the judges, is someone who embodies the Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow and will receive, in addition to the category prize, a €2,000 bursary to be awarded to a charity of their choice.

Further details, along with how to nominate, can be found at




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