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Powerscourt Distillery, the proud home of Fercullen Whiskey, ignites anticipation with the launch of the thrilling and contemporary annual Spirit of Wicklow Awards for 2024!

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Wicklow, these awards aim to honour exceptional individuals and groups who embody the unwavering spirit of the county across various sectors including business, arts, sports, culture, sustainability, and community initiatives.

There are 4 key categories for our rising stars, each bearing its own criteria for entry and these include:

      • Sustainabilty Award
      • Community Award
      • Enterprise & Innovation Award
      • Arts, Sports & Culture Award

With a dedicated team of local judges per category nominations begin from April 22nd and entries close on May 31st.

    • The nominations will be counted, and the top four nominees from each category will qualify for the final stages. The judges scores will be returned to us by the 17th June.
    • The Judges score will then be used to adjudicate the winner of each category.
    • The highest score over all will dictate the overall winner.
    • The awards ceremony will be on Thursday 27th June, at the Powerscourt Distillery Enniskerry Co. Wicklow.

Empowering our Local Heroes

April 18th saw the unveiling event at the Powerscourt Distillery reuniting last year’s winners, and accompanied by our esteemed panel of judges, set the stage for another remarkable year of celebrating Wicklow’s brightest stars.

Reflecting on the impact of last year’s champions such as Lakers Social & Recreational Club, Re-Wild Wicklow, Schoolhouse for Art, and Wicklow Wolf, Powerscourt Distillery remains inspired by their exceptional contributions to the community, symbolising the true Spirit of Wicklow.

The winner of each category will receive:

  1. A unique award meticulously crafted from hand-picked Wicklow Oak, representing the deep-rooted ties to our beloved county.
  2. Additionally, recipients will indulge in a lavish hamper of Wicklow’s finest produce, featuring our premium award-winning Fercullen Whiskey, along with a selection of local delights.
  3. The winner embodying the “Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow” will be treated to the Ultimate Powerscourt Experience package coupled with a €2,000 donation to support their local enterprise.

Join us in this exhilarating journey as we celebrate Wicklow’s exceptional spirit. Nominate your champions on www.powerscourtdistillery.com before May 31st or engage with us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest updates on this year’s awards.


Caroline Gardiner, Head of Marketing, Digital & Communications  “extends heartfelt congratulations to last year’s winners and expresses gratitude for their remarkable contributions. Together, let’s elevate Wicklow’s vibrant spirit to new horizons. Join us in paying tribute to the “Spirit of Wicklow.”