“Lambay Unearthed”

Unlock the secrets in the stone...

At Lambay Whiskey, we understand the passion, craft, and dedication that goes into creating something unique. Building on this creative spirit that embodies Lambay Island, we’re delighted to announce our first artistic collaboration

To launch Lambay Whiskey Single Malt 20 Year Old, Castle Prestige Edition, an art piece inspired by Lambay Irish Whiskey Company was commissioned with local Irish artist David Norton. David is an acclaimed photographer and artist who recently contributed to the 9/11 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition in the United States alongside Sean Scully, James Surls, and Hughie O’Donoghue.

To support the artistry of David Norton and preserve our precious island and its wildlife, we bring to virtual auction a world-first, macro-photographic digital print of his rare abstract artwork, named ‘Lambay Unearthed’.

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Like many expressive artists of our time, David appreciates nature’s treasures and believes in protecting them against the ever-present risks of climate change. What David captures, and preserves, in his photography, is a moment in history and nature, the unseen, inspired by Lambay island, in essence, what needs to be preserved.

Guarded by the Irish Sea, Lambay Island holds a secret. It is also home to Lambay porphyry rock, a distinctive and decorative stone, that is believed to be over 450 million years old, and it is through this volcanic rock that Lambay’s water is filtered. The very water we use to bottle our whiskey

Capturing a slice of this porphyry rock – an area no larger than a 1€ coin, or a US quarter – to many, would reveal no emotion but to one with the talents of David Norton, the story could not be more different. The term ‘macro photography’ is used when you showcase a subject larger than it is in real life and is a very specialised form of photography.

David unearthed what lay within and revealed stunning colourful visuals with complex crystalline formations, a visual journey of the highest dimension!

Now help us to preserve this magic

Bid to own this highly exclusive artwork. Winning bids will secure 1 of only 10 prints.

20% of the commission profit will go directly to the artist and 5% of every sale will give the buyer membership of Birdwatch Ireland and support their Bird Flu Appeal while also aiding the preservation of Lambay Island’s wildlife.



Each print is signed, certified, and numbered by the artist and is packaged with a QR code sticker to attach to the framing. This code unlocks the story of the artwork, offering the viewer an immersive experience that unveils the location of the porphyry rock and an exclusive interview with David explaining his process for this unique piece and our dedication to protecting this very special place. 

Please note: The print does not include a frame, this image is for viewing only in situ to see what the print would look like in terms of scale. The print will be shipped courtesy of LIWC direct to the customer in a secure tube. All charges are ex-vat and the buyer will be responsible for all vat & customs duties related.

These highly exclusive rare prints will go to live auction on Thursday 23-02-23 @ 7.00 pm GMT and on Friday 24-02-23 @ 9.00 am GMT and will require pre-registration on our e-shop here. 

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Avid art collectors will have only 24 hours to place the winning bid before each auction closes. The auction is open to Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA, and Asia over 24 hours.

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Lambay Island, once a volcano, is a geological site of importance situated off the east coast of north county Dublin, Ireland. It is also a wildlife sanctuary and private family home of the Baring family since 1904. More widely known for what it offers above ground - from troupes of wallabies, and avid nature lovers experiencing its shores and hills, to our whiskey casks that lay sleeping in our warehouse by the shore. 

Commercial exploitation of porphyry can be dated back to Palaeolithic times when it was shaped into stone axes and also known in history as the stone of fertility by Byzantine emperors.

“On earth, there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” Jules Renard

So what is Macro Photography? 

The term ‘Macro photography’ is used when you showcase a subject larger than it is in real life. An extreme close-up of something small.

Macro photography is a very specialised form of photography that involves techniques that are usually outside the daily routine of most photographers. When shooting Macro photography the ‘Depth of Field’ is very shallow. In other words, the area that is in focus, from front to back, is very short. If you want to create a final image that is sharp from front to back, it involves shooting multiple images while moving the focus point after each shot is taken.

‘Lambay Un-Earthed’ was shot using a Canon 5DS R with an EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens. 

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