All Craft Butchers, All Winners

8 Mar 2012

Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Nolans beats all in these islands
Nolan's of Kilcullen was this afternoon named as The Best Butcher Shop in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales at the Countryside Alliance Annual Awards in London.

Beating over 3,000 entries James and Emma Nolan received the top award at a glittering prize giving ceremony at the House of Lords, London.

James Nolan was understandably very proud of the award but he was quick to acknowledge the incredibly loyal support from all his customers. He also paid tribute to his hard working staff, many of whom are with him for over 20 years and in particular he acknowledged the lifelong work and dedication of his father, Andy, who is still involved in the business today.

First to congratulate James and Emma was Peter Bacon who was representing Countryside Alliance Ireland at the Awards ceremony. David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland added his good wishes and said 'it came as no surprise' to him. "Nolan Butchers richly deserve this award as they are known all over Ireland for their outstanding butcher shop."

Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland said that James, Andy, Emma and the team in Kilcullen work hard at making the store a destination for food lovers, and their efforts are reflected in the honours they have achieved. "We are delighted to hear of Nolan's success in the Countryside Alliance awards 2011, and wish James and his team every success for the future."

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the 'Rural Oscars', celebrate the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick. The Awards are public-nomination led, meaning each business is put forward by a supportive customer.

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland, described Nolans as 'a real beacon of excellence'. "James Nolan is the fourth generation to own the shop and his energy and ideas are inspiring, and inspire his staff."

Congratulations from all at ACBI to all at Nolan's of Kilcullen.

John Gillivan from Moate Meats, Moate, Co. Westmeath was a finallist in the awards. Congratulations to John and his team from ACBI.

The following were invested as Chevaliers(Knights)into the Confrerie, the Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duché d'Alençon.This was founded in 1973,by Maurice Faguier ,and, his daughter and son in law maintain the family connection(Annie &David Beresford)
John Callaghan,Thomas Callaghan,Peter Callaghan of Callaghan Butchers.
William Morgan of Finnertys Butchers, Oughterard
Jack McCarthy,McCarth'ys of Kanturk
Ernan McGettigan & Diarmuid McGettigan of M.McGettigan & Sons, Donegal Town
Louise Murphy of Clonakilty Black Pudding Co.
Patrick Mallon, Monaghan and Tom Doherty, Kells were invested last year.

McGettigans of Donegal were awarded Best Sausage in Europe for Hickory & Maple Pork sausage taking the title ten years after winning their first major award. They were also awarded a Grand Prix of Excellence for Pork Curry, Banana, & Mango Sausages and their Traditional Pork Sausages won A Grand Prix of Honour at the same competition.

McCarthy's butchers in Kanturk were honoured at the Irish Food Writers' Guild Awards 2012 for their notable contribution to Irish food throughout
the year. The Guild honoured McCarthy's for their continuing excellence in meat production. The award tops off a year of highs for McCarthy's who
were awarded a Gold Medal for their fresh blood pudding by the French Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding, and also supplied black
pudding for the state banquet to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2011.