Kinsale Mead

Kinsale Mead Co was founded by Kate and Denis Dempsey in 2016 to rediscover the ancient art of mead making and to create a delicious, refreshing new Irish drink. They lovingly hand-craft each batch with care and passion and source the best natural ingredients.

They make their meads at their new meadery in Kinsale, the first in Ireland in many years. The town holds a special place in their hearts as it was where they were married many years ago.

The inspiration for their meads comes from sourcing natural ingredients from the local region as well as reflecting the rich tapestry of trading and maritime history in Kinsale and its stunning location in West Cork at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Kate and Denis hail from Coventry and Rosscarbery in West Cork. After raising a family, they decided it was time for a change. And at some point they joked, why don’t we start our own meadery? Where do you go to make that kind of decision? – for them, it was on the Hill of Tara in the footprint of the Great Mead Hall where they said ‘Why not?’

They sold up, told the kids (how to shock your friends and family – tell them you’re leaving the hi-tech multinational world to make mead) and headed south. Now they’re working hard, making delicious mead in their new home in West Cork.