A new state-of-the-art whiskey distillery is to be built in Co Offaly.

William Grant & Sons, owner of Tullamore Dew and the heritage centre in Tullamore, is investing €35m in the pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery on a 50-acre site on the outskirts of the town.

It is estimated that 100 jobs will be created at the construction stage and 15 people will be employed at the new distillery.