Iconic “Dunville’s” brand continues to back Distillery
Lisburn Distillery Football Club is delighted to once again confirm that the award-winning Echlinville Distillery is continuing its much-valued sponsorship and proudly continues as our “Back of Shirt” sponsor for the 2019-2020 season.
This is the fourth consecutive season that The Echlinville Distillery which is based just outside Kircubbin on the Ards Peninsula, has sponsored the club. For the forthcoming season the distillery’s multi-award winning Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand will continue to appear on the first team home and away kits.
The historical significance to the partnership continues in that Echlinville is home to the iconic “Dunville’s Irish Whiskey” brand. Distillery Football Club was originally founded by employees of the Dunville’s distillery – then based in Belfast – in 1880. The distillery closed its doors in 1936 and Dunville’s Whiskey was consigned to history until Echlinville revived the brand in 2013.
The Echlinville Distillery is also continuing its sponsorship of the popular monthly award – “The Dunville’s Whiskey Player of the Month Award”.
Lisburn Distillery director Terry Thompson said; “I would like to once again sincerely thank Shane Braniff and the award-winning team at Echlinville for their continuing support.
The “spiritual” re-connection with “Dunville’s” last season was recognised and warmly received by many within, and outside, Irish League football, and beyond this island. We are delighted that the inexorable historical link continues, and we thank Echlinville for not only their financial support over the last three seasons but also their friendship, encouragement and involvement through the likes of “The Dunville’s Whiskey Player of the Month” awards.
Last season we finished fourth and we now look forward optimistically to the new season, delighted to once again to have “Dunville’s” on our shirts. Spiritually we are in good hands and we hope we can go that extra measure this season in terms of results and outcomes.”
Shane Braniff, owner of The Echlinville Distillery, said: “We are delighted to continue our successful relationship with Lisburn Distillery Football Club. It was the founding goal of The Echlinville Distillery to revive the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand and introduce ‘The Spirit of Belfast’ to a new generation of whiskey enthusiasts. As Dunville’s spiritual home, it makes perfect sense for us to rekindle the relationship between Dunville’s Irish Whiskey and Distillery Football Club. With excitement building for the upcoming release of our multi-award winning Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey, the 2019/20 season is looking bright for Dunville’s Whiskey and, we hope too, for Lisburn Distillery FC. We wish everyone at the club the best of luck in the new season.”