Following the recent news that Sliabh Liag Distillery is to relocate to Ardara there will be a public meeting in the Old School, Carrick tonight at 8pm.
A community spokesman said the people of the area are devastated at this news as 40 jobs were to be created.
“To a small rural community, it gave people a chance to gain employment, while others were planning to move back to the area as employment opportunities would arise.
“The knock-on effects for local businesses cannot be underestimated with increased employment and tourism.
“This would have been a landmark building and a major tourist attraction as the site in question is historic and set in a wonderful scenic location right beside Sliabh Liag and the planned new building was a fitting modern building which would have added to the proposed site.”
The spokesman added that there was massive excitement in the area Silkie Whiskey and An Dúlamán grew and won national and international awards.
“The pride of what was happening in the area was immense and people were eager to see the project start.”
“However, that excitement has now has turned to shock, anger and disbelief as to how this could happen.”
“We want to see if we can reverse this decision and repair the reputation of the area following this controversy.”