Back in 1892 Callaghan McCarthy was an accomplished local baker, but, after getting a poor cut of meat in a local butcher, he saw a niche in the market for quality meat and decided to change career. He put away his dough hook and replaced it with a set of butchers knives, joining the victualeurs of the world.
Butchering was as hard a profession in the 1890s as it is now, but Callaghan was fortunate to have the help of his son, John, in establishing the business. John eventually took over the business in 1920.
Tim Joe McCarthy was the next McCarthy to take over the family business. One of Tim Joe’s first jobs was to licence the premises under new, more stringent, regulations. McCarthy’s Butchers has always maintained the highest possible standards of meat and hygiene. Tim Joe was the first of the McCarthys to win a national award for his produce.