120 JOBS GO AS 400-YEAR-OLD BEAMISH PLANT IS SHUT DOWN.Byline: By CLAIRE BRENNAN
UP to 120 workers at one of Ireland's oldest breweries were last night told they won't have jobs next year.
Heineken announced plans to close the 400-year-old Beamish and Crawford centre in Cork marking the "end of an era" for the city.
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They will be transferred to Heineken's main site on Leitrim Road in Cork city.
In a statement the company said the decision to close the brewery A brewery can be a building or place that produces beer, or a business (brewing company) whose trade is the production and sale of beer. Breweries can take up multiple city blocks, or be a collection of equipment in a homebrewer's kitchen. on Main Street was not an easy one.
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He added that redundancy packages have been agreed.
Labour's Ciaran Lynch called it a sad day for the city.
He added: "The closure is the end of an era. The news will come as a bombshell bomb·shell
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Noun 1. to those working there, and while the closure will not actually take place until March, Christmas will likely be grim."
Fine Gael's Deirdre Clune described the news as a tragic "body blow" and claimed Heineken could have done more to save it.
She said: "This is a dreadful day for the Beamish and Crawford staff and their families, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
"I am extremely disappointed that more workers could not have been accommodated in the new Heineken set-up." The beer giants took over Beamish in October after they were given the green light by the Competition Authority.
Mr Lynch said he hopes they will look after a brand that has become a national treasure.
He added: "It is vital that investment in the Beamish brands, particularly Beamish Stout stout, alcoholic beverage: see beer. , continues and that the brand is developed to its full potential.
"The worst possible outcome would be the loss, not just of jobs, but of an internationally-renowned brand of significant value to the economy, locally and nationally."
There was also bad news in Galway as 550 workers awaited news of their future today.
Fridge giants Thermo King announced last week that 110 jobs were to go but hundreds more could be let go.
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OVER A BARREL The famous Cork stout will be now made at another brewery