Another Irish brewery shutdown planned

Three hundred years of history will come to an end when Kilkenny, Ireland's landmark St. Francis Abbey Brewery ceases operations in 2013.

Diageo, the parent company of the Guinness and Smithwicks brewing teams that utilize the brewery (seen here), said the phase-out is part of centralizing Irish operations at a new site in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Under the restructuring program, Diageo's Kilkenny and Dundalk breweries will close down in 2013 and operations at the Waterford brewery will be "streamlined," the company said.

St. James's Gate, home of Guinness in Dublin, will remain a key part of the company's brewing operations in Ireland. Howeverm it will see a significant reduction in scope because of the new Clondalkin facility.

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