Man dies at Midleton warehousing facility

A man has died at Irish Distillers’ 40-unit Dungourney whiskey maturation warehouses, part of the IDL Midleton complex outside County Cork which has been the subject of a €100 million investment.

While the exact cause remains unclear, 40 year-old Dominic Knowles is understood to have sustained ‘crush-like’ injuries according to a report in the Irish Examiner.

From nearby Ballintotis, he was married with a stepson according to the report.

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that a member of our team, Dominic Knowles, was involved in a tragic accident yesterday in Dungourney,” stated IDL Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Christophe Coutures, “Dominic was a highly-valued and extremely popular member of the Irish Distillers family. This is a difficult time for us all.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Dominic’s family, his friends and his colleagues.

“We are offering every support available to Dominic’s family and to all those affected by this tragic accident.

“At this time” he continued, “it would be inappropriate for us to comment further as the incident is the subject of an investigation by An Gardaí Síochána and the Health & Safety Authority. We are cooperating fully with the investigation.”

A launch event scheduled for later this week at Pernod Ricard’s Irish whiskey distillery in Midleton has been cancelled.



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