CARLOW’S Bernard Walsh, of Walsh’s Whiskey, has come to the aid of Sweny’s Pharmacy – one of the most celebrated venues featured in James Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses.
Writers’ Tears premium Irish whiskey in Bagenalstown will provide financial and other support to Sweny’s which is under threat of closure from rising rent.
Established in 1999 by husband and wife, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, Walsh Whiskey is a leading producer of premium and super-premium, triple-distilled, craft, Irish whiskeys – Writers’ Tears and The Irishman.
On Dublin City’s Lincoln Place, Sweny’s features in Chapter Five of Ulysses when the lead character, Leopold Bloom, pays a visit.
Sweny’s officially ceased operating as a pharmacy in 2009 but since then, thanks to benevolent volunteers, has become a shrine to Joyce and Ulysses preserved just as it was when the author himself visited it in 1904 – as did Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett in their time.
Sweny’s is now a registered charity – number CHY 20955 – and operates as a not for profit organisation.
Up to now, Sweny’s do not have any significant sponsorship. Until Bernard Walsh stepped in…