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Heineken Plant Closing

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Ireland’s oldest Heineken brewery is due to close in March with the loss of 120 jobs.

The comments came after a meeting yesterday between Heineken executives and heritage campaigners fighting to save the historic building. National Conservation and Heritage Group (NCHG) chairman Damien Cassidy, who spearheaded a campaign to encourage Guinness to develop the Guinness Storehouse visitor attraction in Dublin, wants something similar in Cork.

Declan Farmer, Corporate Affairs Manager at Heineken Ireland, stresses that Heineken’s focus is on those workers who will become unemployed on March 31 when Beamish closes. He said they are ready to discuss any ideas any groups may have but he assured the public any development that may take place on the site will be considerate and appropriate.

He also outlined the steps Heineken has already taken in relation to the Beamish site. It has donated the company’s archives, probably one of the most complete brewing archives in Ireland or England, to the city archives. The Beamish building has been professionally photographed and videoed, and Diarmúid O Drisceoil has been commissioned to write a book on the history of the site. And all memorabilia associated with the site has been itemised and stored. Farmer said once the plant closes, a decommissioning process will begin, and it will be 2010 at the earliest before future uses of the site become relevant.