Lisburn Distillery have announced The Echlinville Distillery as a new sponsor, with the distillery sponsoring the back of the first team home and away shirts for the 2016-2017 season.
The Echlinville Distillery was the first licensed distillery in Northern Ireland in more than 125 years when it received its license to distil in 2013.
In what will be a momentous year for Echlinville, its single estate spirit will officially become Irish whiskey in a few months’ time.
Lisburn Distillery Director Terry Thompson said; “We are delighted that The Echlinville Distillery is supporting us for the forthcoming season.
“It’s remarkable that almost eighty years after Dunville’s Whiskey ceased being produced that we have a distillery, with links to Dunville’s, sponsoring us once again. We have followed the Echlinville story now for several years and seen at first-hand the fantastic progress and success that Shane and his team have made and had in that time.
“This is the beginning of a special time for them and I thank them sincerely on behalf of the club and our supporters for sponsoring us.
“It is great that a Northern Ireland business is enjoying success after all its hard work. We look forward to a successful partnership and working with The Echlinville Distillery in the future.”
Shane Braniff, owner of The Echlinville Distillery added; “We are looking forward to a successful season with the Distillery Football team.
“This is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, a brand we were delighted to acquire in recent years.
“Known to be one of the largest exports of its time we had a lot to live up to when taking on such an iconic brand,” he said.
“Having since gained worldwide recognition for our first release under the Dunville’s name; Dunville’s PX Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and under in the World Whiskey Awards 2015 & 2016 we are proud to move the Dunville’s name forward while re-establishing links to its past.”