Old Glory DC RFC partners with Clonakilty Irish Whiskey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Washington, DC) – Old Glory DC is delighted to announce their exciting new partnership, with sponsors Clonakilty Distillery, Ireland. As part of the sponsorship deal Clonakilty will be producing two exclusive whiskey expressions for OLD Glory DC. Firstly, a limited-edition release of rum finished, Irish whiskey; bottled at cask strength, and individually numbered for the whiskey collectors out there. This rare bottling will be available for purchase at limited locations – to be announced in the coming weeks. Purchasers of the exclusive rum cask finish will be entered to win a trip for two to Ireland in 2021. Also being released is a more accessible Bordeaux cask finished Irish whiskey, bottled at 46% ABV, to be sold in the DC, Virginia & Maryland markets. Both bottlings will also be available for sale through the Old Glory website from March 2021.

Clonakilty Distillery is definitely a family affair: the ocean and black Labrador loving Scully family have farmed their land on the southwest coast of Ireland for nine successive generations. Their Atlantic coastal warehouse perched on the cliffs at the edge of the family farm is where they mature and finish their whiskies.

The distillery by the waterfront in Clonakilty commenced distilling in 2019 and in its first year was awarded World’s Best Irish New Make Single Pot Still at the World Whiskey Awards 2020. They use their own barley grown on their maritime coastline to produce a triple distilled premium quality Irish single pot still whiskey.

“What could go together better than rugby and Irish whiskey?” posited Chris Dunlavey, Chairman of Old Glory DC.  “Our partnership with Clonakilty Irish Whiskey represents another addition to Old Glory’s family of partners and our aim to bring the best of rugby culture – as well as the best of the sport itself – to our Mid-Atlantic home.”

Michael Scully from Clonakilty Whiskey, said:

As a genuine Irish Atlantic Ocean distillery, we feel our award-winning spirits offer a pretty unique experience for discerning consumers. We feel this partnership further strengthens our commitment to succeeding within the American market. We are excited to be working in partnership with Old Glory DC and wish them all the best for the upcoming season.

Both bottlings will be available for sale through the Old Glory website from March 2021. Purchasers of the exclusive rum cask finish will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Ireland in 2021.



Old Glory is the first and only professional rugby team in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Established in 2018, Old Glory DC competes in Major League Rugby (MLR), a North American league that includes teams in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles and Dallas. The team was founded by life-long DC area residents, business leaders, and rugby players Chris Dunlavey and Paul Sheehy.  In 2019, the Scottish Rugby Union joined the partnership, committing both financial investment and operational support to the organization.  The 2021 Major League Rugby season kicks off on March 20th, 2021. For more, visit www.oldglorydc.com.



Clonakilty is Ireland’s maritime distillery located on the southwestern tip of Ireland. Founded by the Scully family in 2016, the €10 m facility includes an award-winning visitor experience. The family grow their own barely and mature whiskey on the farm by the oceans edge.