Huge thanks for the free bottles of hand-sanitiser , Drogheda Homeless Aid has received from Listoke Distilery.
Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, We all become more aware that the importance of staying clean and healthy is the most simple but with biggest impact we can do.
It's in times of crisis that people's true mettle is shown, and Bronagh Conlon has proven once again that she is a force to be reckoned with.
The woman behind Listoke Distilleries has rolled up her sleeves during the COVID-19 crisis, and diverted her award-winning gin production into hand-sanitiser, with thousands of bottles being donated to charities and emergency services in the past week alone.
When the World Health Authority confirmed that alcohol over 60% proof can kill the virus, Bronagh and her team thought they could do something useful and they immediately started to divert the production lines to make hand sanitiser.
Her staff began producing and hand-bottling the product overnight, roping in friends and family to help as demand increased. Bronagh and her team are following the strictest hygiene guidelines in making this product, and she says she hopes it helps some of the more vulnerable sections of society.
The still-unnamed product is also available for the public to buy at a small cost from the Louth-based distillery, and they hope to continue for the foreseeable future.
"Listoke distillery has given bottles for free to St Vincent de Paul, Drogheda Homeless Aid, the Women's Refuge and emergency services including Dublin Fire Brigade, and are charging just €6 for a 250ml bottle to the public, just to cover some of our costs or we would have to stop production very soon."
The hand sanitiser can be bought from the distillery at Tenure Business Park, Tinure, Co Louth
"As the Taoiseach said, we are in this crisis for the long haul and we all need to adapt and help others in whatever way we can," says Bronagh.