As the row over its new reincarnation as an event centre site rumbles on (and on), we take a look back at the history of Cork’s famous Beamish and Crawford site.
But it was in 1792 that merchants William Beamish and William Crawford purchased the brewery from Edward Allen and went into partnership with brewers Richard Barrett and Digby O’Brien.
Its output had increased from 12,000 barrels a year in 1792 to in excess of 100,000 barrels per annum by 1805.
In 1865, the substantial sum of £100,000 was spent modernising the premises. More additions were made to the premises over the years.
The Beamish and Crawford company went public in 1901 and was purchased by the Canadian group Carling-O’Keefe in 1962.
“He would have been in his 80s then, but even when he retired he would have visited the business periodically,” Alf Smiddy, a former managing director and chairman of Beamish & Crawford said.
“I would like to recognise and compliment the significant part played by each and every employee in the life of Beamish and Crawford down through the years,” Declan Farmer of Heineken said in 2009.