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Heineken Ireland is to close its plant in Castleisland in February with the loss of 9 jobs.

The company trading in the Tralee Road Industrial Estate Castleisland as Western Beverages Limited informed staff over the past few days.
Heineken informed its staff of the closure of the plant and the job losses and told staff that the plant will close on Friday 26th of February
In a statement Heineken described the closure as a difficult and unavoidable decision and that it followed a review of its operations against a background of a challenged pub sector in rural Ireland.
The nine staff will lose their jobs although the company says some re-deployment opportunities to other depots are being examined.
Heineken will continue to service its customers in the Kerry area out of its Cork and Limerick depots.
The depot in Castleisland has been associated with the drinks industry since the 1980s when it was operated as Browne’s Mineral Waters.
The job losses will come to a blow to Castleisland which has suffered closures in the past few years including US firm Aetna in 2011 with the loss of 100 jobs