Diageo has a number of production facilities throughout Ireland, producing brands such as Guinness in the world famous St. James’s Gate Brewery, Baileys in Dublin and Belfast and Bushmills in one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world. The company’s headquarters are located at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.
Diageo is an important contributor to the Irish economy, employing in the region of 1,500 people directly. Apart from the direct employment provided, we use a wide range of suppliers and contractors throughout Ireland, contributing significantly to thousands of jobs indirectly. For example, every year 50 million gallons of Irish milk goes into the manufacture of Baileys Original Irish Cream. The production of our beers also means that Diageo is the single biggest user of malted barley in Ireland. Ireland is one of Diageo’s leading markets and is a vital production and brewing centre for many of our leading premium brands and in addition providing key ingredients for domestic and worldwide export sales. The company is one of Ireland’s most important exporters in the high value-added food and beverage category.
Our global brand teams based in Ireland develop sales and marketing strategies to meet the needs of international markets. Diageo’s operations in Ireland bring the iconic brands, Guinness, Bushmills and Baileys Original Cream to consumers both in Ireland and in over 150 countries across the world.
Many of our operations have long and historical links with their local communities and we are committed to trying to improve the social, educational and cultural needs of these communities through our corporate social responsibility programmes such as the Arthur Guinness Fund. Each year the company sponsors hundred's of cultural and sporting events locally and nationally. This ongoing involvement in Irish life complements our commercial and corporate commitment to Ireland.