An Award Winning Irish Butcher

Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards 2020
19th February 2020

McCarthys of Kanturk were delighted to win the Meat category of the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards 2020 this week!

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Evan wins Butchering Apprentice of the Year
2nd December 2018

Evan O Sullivan who has been with us just over 12 months and has been awarded butchering apprentice of the year

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Two Major Awards at the 2017 Butcher’s Awards
27th November 2017 awards

We are delighted to announce that we have won two major awards at the 2017 Butchers Awards.

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Butchers Excellence International Awards
15th September 2017

McCarthy’s Award Winning Products With Jack and Tim’s innovative and creative ideas (as displayed on facebook live…) come prestigious awards. Butchers Excellence

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Blas na hEireann Awards
4th October 2015 dingle food awards

The awards keep on coming. Our traditional black pudding and our famous Bramley sausages won gold for being the best in the

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Bringing home the Treble
16th September 2015

McCarthy’s were proud to win three awards at the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland competition this year. Cork may not have brought

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ACBI Awards 2014
17th November 2014

They entered five products in the Associated Craft Butchers awards, winning awards for all of them – traditional sausage, bramley apple sausage,

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Blas na hEireann food awards 2014
17th September 2014 blas na heireann

Jack and Tim were pleased to see their new speciality product Guanciale do well and secure a silver medal in the Blas

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Gold Medal for International Creativity
17th June 2013

BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme covered this years event and did a special feature about the McCarthys. Jack and Tim were delighted

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Black Pudding that is a European Winner
21st May 2012 Award winning meat - Online Butchers

McCarthy’s win two gold medals and a bronze medal from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the

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Special Award for Exceptional Contribution to Irish Food
8th March 2012 irish food writers guild

Award for butchers behind the queen’s black pudding Irish Independent THE artisan butchers who created the bespoke black pudding that was served

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Jack is awarded the “Twitter Award”
1st January 2012

Jack’s twittering reached a climax when he was awarded the “Twitter Award” by Lucinda O’Sullivan. If you want to follow Jack on

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White Pudding Award
29th August 2011

McCarthys won a beautiful cup and the Grand Prix d’honneur for their white pudding from the Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duché

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Jack is named Local Food Hero by Irish Public
29th May 2011

The Irish Restaurant Awards are an important event in the Irish food calendar. This year the Sunday Independent sponsored the award for

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Jack McCarthy is Bridgestone Man of the Year
6th January 2011

At the end of December, Bridgestone’s John and Sally McKenna announced the results of the Megabytes awards for 2010.  Jack McCarthy was

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Kanturk welcomes the Knights of the Black Pudding
22nd September 2010

The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding, a colourful French food fraternity visited Kanturk in celebration of the Gold Medal Winning

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Major European Award for Black Pudding
11th July 2009

Jack is a proud man at the best of times, but winning this beautiful medal for his blackpudding has really made his

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Awards

2015

2015 was a great year for the McCarthys they won three major awards from the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland. Including Supreme Speciality Food Champion title for their Sliabh Luachra Smoked Air Dried Beef.

They had similar success at the Blas na hEireann Irish food awards their traditional black pudding and our famous Bramley sausages won gold for being the best in the land at the national food awards in Dingle.

2014

Jack and Tim were pleased to see their new speciality product Guanciale do well and secure a silver medal in the Blas na hEireann food awards. Guanciale is tasty cured and spiced pig’s jowel – a very flavoursome ingredient, used like you might use a pancetta. They also received a silver for their special black pudding, using the recipe that was used to serve the Queen at the state banquet.

They entered five products in the Associated Craft Butchers awards, winning awards for all of them – traditional sausage, bramley apple sausage, black pudding, white pudding and speciality sausage – gluten free chicken sausage.

2013

BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme covered this years event and did a special feature about the McCarthys. Jack and Tim were delighted to receive the only Irish gold medal from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding in 2013. Not only was it the only Irish medal it was an International victory as it was for “International Creativity”.

boars head puddingWhat did they do to earn this accolade you wonder?

Jack and Tim created a pudding inspired by the centre-piece of a medieval feast. Kanturk is derived from the Irish, “Ceann Tuirc”, which means “The Boar’s Head” so in honor of their home town they stuffed a locally sourced boar’s head with a special rum and raisin black pudding. The judges were wowed by their creative approach.

bbc radio 4Not only did they win the medal, BBC Radio 4 covered the event in The Food Programme and visited Kanturk to interview Jack and Tim.

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2012

McCarthy’s win two gold medals and a bronze medal from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding. This gave them the highest achievement of any participant in Europe at the event. They received Gold awards for le boudin traditionelle and le boudin a grilliere and the Bronze was for le boudin creatif.

At the Irish Food Writer’s Guild awards in March 2012 Jack McCarthy received a Special Award for his Exceptional Contribution to Irish Food

2011

McCarthys win a beautiful cup and the Grand Prix d’honneur for their white pudding from the Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duché d’Alençon

Jack McCarthy is voted Sunday Independent Local Food Hero 2011 by the Irish Public

2010

La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte BoudinJack McCarthy is “Megabytes” Man of the Year.  At the end of December, Bridgestone announced the results of the Megabytes awards for 2010. Jack McCarthy was honoured to be awarded the title of Man of the Year.

McCarthys were awarded a Gold Medal for their black pudding at the annual awards organised by La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding. The French Fraternity visited Kanturk to present Jack with his award.

The Bridgestone Best in Ireland Award 2010

2009

The Bridgestone Best in Ireland Award 2009“Boars Head” Blackpudding is the highest placed Blackpudding in the Blas na hÉireann Awards in Dingle

Sliabh Luachra Beef wins Gold Star Award at the Great Taste Awards

La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding awarded a medal and certificate for McCarthys’ Pudding in celebration of achieving third place in this major international competition.

The Bridgestone Best in Ireland Award 2009

At the Craft Butchers Sausage and Pudding Awards 2009 McCarthys won three Gold Awards for Black Pudding, Herb Sausages and White Pudding

2008

Great Taste Awards 2008

Guinness & Cider Spiced Beef is National Champion at Assoc. Craft Butchers of Ireland National Spiced Beef Competition

Tim McCarthy wins Good Food Ireland’s Best Next Generation Butcher

Great Taste Awards Gold 1 Star for Traditional Irish Dry Cure Back Bacon

Great Taste Awards Gold 1 Star for Traditional Irish Smoked Streaky Bacon

Sliabh Luachra Beef is declared Supreme Champion and wins Gold Award at ACBI Speciality Foods Competition

Cherrywood Smoked Beef wins Gold Award at ACBI Speciality Foods Competition
Smoked Middle of Bacon wins Gold in the ACBI Regional Competition

2007

Great Taste Awards Gold with a star for Duhallow Lamb Sausage

Great Taste Awards Double Gold with two stars for Free-range Middlecut Rasher Green Bacon

2006

Great Taste Awards Bronze for Cherry and Oak Smoked Sirloin

Great Taste Awards Gold for Spiced Dry Cured Streaky Rashers

Great Taste Awards Bronze for Oak Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Rashers

2005

Great Taste Awards – Bronze Award for Traditional Irish Spiced Beef

Great Taste Awards – Gold Award for Honey Cured Roast Pork

Great Taste Awards – Gold Award and Declared Best Irish Speciality Product for Spiced Dry Cured Back Rashers.  Jean Christophe Novelli presented the coveted award.

2004

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Diamond Award and Regional Winners for Traditional Butchers Sausage

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Diamond Award for White Pudding

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Silver Award for Chicken Sage and Onion Sausage

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Diamond Award for Black Pudding

2003

International Butchers’ Confederation in Zurich – Tim McCarthy and the Irish Team take 4th Place

International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Traditional Dry Cured Back Rashers

International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Irish Honey Cured Roast pork

International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Guinness & Cider Spiced Beef

International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Roast Lamb with Black Pudding and Smoky Bacon

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Silver Award for Garlic & Herb Sausage

ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Silver Award for Trad Butchers Sausage

ACBI National Spiced Beef Competition – Silver Award for Traditional Spiced Beef