Our People. Our Passion

Alex Conyngham

Alex Conyngham’s passion for, and pursuit of great Whiskey has taken him to the four corners of the earth. Returning in 2008, the son of Lord Henry Conygnham took his global knowledge to his home village, Slane, where with the help of his parents, he developed and launched Slane Irish Whiskey.

Just as his father had a vision for making Slane a mecca for music, Alex’s vision for making Slane a mecca for Whiskey is unparalleled. This vision saw Alex oversee the design of Slane Distillery, become a founding member of the Irish Whiskey Association and playing a pivotal role in uniting the Conyngham’s with Brown-Forman, at the heart of which are the Browns, a Kentucky family influential in whiskey-making mastery since 1870.

Claire Canning

Claire Canning, originally from Derry in Northern Ireland is our Homeplace Manager at Slane Distillery. After studying Business Management & Spanish in the UK and Spain, Claire embarked on a career in tourism working as both a tour guide & mentor for international language groups in her local town before joining a graduate programme and subsequent roles in one of the world’s leading visitor attraction companies. Claire worked and lived across the UK and Australia in both operations and project management, working across a multitude of brands, visitor attractions, hotels and theme parks.

Returning to Ireland, Claire joined Slane Distillery in the project phase back in May 2017 and has enjoyed watching the business and brand grow over the past number of years. Claire oversees all aspects of the business and day to day operation as well as developing experiences and events to guarantee a memorable visit to the Home of Slane Irish Whiskey. Claire loves to travel and tries to visit somewhere new each year, slowly but surely ticking off her bucket list!


Gearoid originates from Co. Westmeath and has worked in the brewing & distilling industry for over 25 years. With a strong technical and operations background, he has specialised in providing technical support and innovation leadership at an international level including brewing & distilling plants in Kentucky, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica, UK and Ireland. He has represented Ireland on The Executive Committee of The Brewers of Europe and is a former Chairman of The Irish Section of The Institute of Brewing & Distilling. Gearoid is the Distillery Manager at Slane Distillery (Brown Forman) and heads up the production team producing Malt, Pot Still and Grain Whiskeys.

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Alan originates from Slane village and started working in the whiskey and distilling industry 10 years ago. Alan began his spirits industry career as a Project Engineer and oversaw the entire Slane Distillery, Visitor Centre and Co-Products design, construction and commissioning phases. Alan then transitioned to a role within the production team managing quality systems, spirit quality, NPD, wood procurement, blending, cask filling operations and capital projects. Alan is an active representative for Slane Distillery in the Irish Whiskey Association and also sits on the technical committee for the IWA.


Enda is from the nearby town of Drogheda, his maintenance career began in the brewing industry taking him to Australia and the UK before returning home to Ireland and joining the project at the construction phase. His role involves maintenance and repair of equipment as well as driving plant performance and continuous improvement. Endas first Slane concert was the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 2003 and is a lifelong fan of 1981 headliners Thin Lizzy.