Shaper: Louise McGuane

Louise McGuane is the Founder of the Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company.

Having left Ireland in 1995, Louise pursued an international career in the luxury drinks industry living and working in New York, Paris, London and Singapore.

Returning home she learnt of a nineteenth century whiskey bonder, J.J Corry, from her home county of Cooraclare, and decided to bring back the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding becoming the first whiskey bonder in Ireland in over 50 years.

She matures and blends award winning whiskies which are now exported all over the world and is Ireland’s only solo female founder in the Irish Whiskey industry.

Follow Louise on Twitter @lmcguane.


“I didn’t realise that I was an entrepreneur.”

“Being entrepreneurial sometimes means not playing the corporate game and not necessarily working within the confines of a corporate culture.”

“I sat on a beach and I wrote a business plan and then I handed in my notice.”

“Raising money is hard no matter what kind of business you have.”

“I had to prove that the business model, the story that I had and the product that I was going to bring to market, was worth a punt.”

“I had built a bit of a reputation for advocating for change and people didn’t like that.”

“I don’t care about taking knocks on social media and I don’t really care if people think I’m too big for my boots within the industry.”

“I know what I am capable of so I’m just going to go out and do it.”

“I feel far better than I ever did in a corporation.”

“Being responsible for other people… I really take it seriously.”

“You’ve got to surround yourself with people who are better in certain things than you are.”