Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James has been born out of a personal passion for brewing and distilling, an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep rooted family connection with The Liberties. They have made home in the St. James’ Church, the church dates back to the 12th century. The present church was constructed in 1859–1860 in a Gothic design with a cross shape, a tower and a spire at the southwest corner. In 1948, the top 30 feet of the church spire was removed due to structural problems. The church was then closed for worship following a decline in the number of parishioners in 1963. It underwent various transformations, including becoming a lighting store and a food warehouse, until finally being renovated as you see it today.