Cairnes Ltd

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Cairnes Ltd, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.

Founded 1828 by William Cairnes. Registered April 1890 as the Castlebellingham & Drogheda Breweries Ltd. to acquire John Woolsey & Co. Ltd, Castlebellingham and William Cairnes & Son.

Name changed as above in November 1933.

Acquired by Guinness and ceased brewing in October 1959.

From the Brewery History Society Journal Number 91

Founded in 1828 by William Cairnes with good markets in both Dublin and Belfast.

In 1850 they extended their malt liquor portfolio to include porter.

The brewery was closed in 1959 as part of a rationalisation plan when the Cherry-Cairnes partnership was dissolved, to be subsequently replaced by the Irish Ale Breweries Group, (a Guinness/Allied Breweries combination).

Irish Ale Breweries was formally dissolved in 1988, becoming Guinness Ireland.