Save Tullig from West Cork Distillers

Who are we?

Tullig residents Jean Williams Dignan and Marcella Sexton at the entrance to the proposed West Cork Distillers development
The Tullig and Reenascreena Community Group is an association of concerned residents from Tullig, Reenascreena and adjacent townlands. In mid-July we belatedly became aware of a proposal by West Cork Distillers to build an industrial whiskey maturation warehousing complex literally on our doorstep in the heart of the West Cork countryside. The community quickly rallied to oppose this completely incongruous industrial development. 

You can read more about West Cork Distillers' plans and our objections to them elsewhere on the site.

While our struggle is local, focussed on the threat this industrial development poses to the underlying fabric of our rural community, it also has implications that should send shock waves through small rural communities across Ireland. If West Cork Distillers, a well-funded, well-organised commercial powerhouse in the region, is allowed to run roughshod over our small rural community, it sets a dangerous precedent. With demand for industrial storage increasing, if this project gets the green light profiteering industrialists across Ireland will jump at the chance to exploit low-cost agricultural land and rural communities for their inappropriate industrial development.

Support us... and let's nip the industrial sequestration of our countryside in the bud before it goes any further. 

Where is Tullig?

The townland of Tullig is approximately 1km along the L4241 (a straight, narrow road, little more than a single-track boreen, referred to locally as The Bog Road) from the village of Reenascreena. It falls within the administrative boundaries of Leap, yet is part of Rosscarbery Parish. The Argideen river rises in Tullig, a short distance from the boundary of the proposed development site, flowing east through Clonakilty to Timoleague before entering the sea at Courtmacsherry. 

Water extracted from the Argideen at Clonakilty provides the mains water supply for much of this stretch of the West Cork region.

The topography of the area is an undulating patchwork of agricultural land, comprising a mix of improved pasture, rough grassland, scrub, hedgerow, bog, forestry and small residential and farm holdings that epitomise the attractive rolling countryside that gives rural West Cork its unique character.

Residents from Tullig and adjacent townlands in all directions identify strongly as being part of the extended Reenascreena community. With a local branch of Lisavaird Co-op, a pub, a play school and a National School, Reenascreena forms the hub of a thriving rural community.

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