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In the past few weeks McArdle meats have been on the receiving end of a number of awards. Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), Ireland’s largest retail industry body, has announced the Top50 stores in Ireland. McArdle Meats have reached the Top 50 with three of our stores receiving full marks including our two stores in Dundalk and one in Charlestown Shopping Centre in North Dublin.




McArdle Meats were also the recipients of 6 Gold Awards at the recent Craft Butchers Speciality Foods Competition in the RDS, Dublin. Judged by the Irish Food Writers Guild, the products were; Honey & Mustard Ham, Gourmet Burgers, Chicken Lattice, Homemade Chicken Kiev’s, Creamy Garlic Potatoes and Homemade Lasagne.


The judges were very impressed by the authentic “home-made” products and praised the blend of flavours and textures. “Too many prepared foods have a “factory produced” taste to them and it’s great to see genuine artisan skills being used in food production”.

“McArdle Meats have many awards to their name over the years, and with products like these the food industry is in good hands.”


We entered 9 products into the All Ireland Artisan Butcher Awards this year and all 9 of them have received gold awards. These products where:


·         Honey and Mustard Ham

·         Stuffed Festive Turkey Breast

·         Gourmet Burgers

·         Chicken Lattice

·         Creamy Garlic Potato

·         Homemade Creamy Pepper and Cheese Maryland

·         Homemade Chicken Kiev

·         Stuffed Pork Chops

·         Steak Burgers


We are also very proud to be announced as a Finalist of the Louth Business Awards.




Mc Ardle Meats 3 stores all made it to the Top 20 STAR SHOP Awards held in the RDS recently with the Marshes achieving top honours claiming the Best Butcher Shop in a Shopping Centre in Ireland

The awards were held at the Annual SHOP show held in the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Mc Ardle Meats Charlestown Store and Clanbrassil Street store also made it into the Top 10 and Top 20 respectively. This is a huge achievement for Mc Ardle Meats with the Clanbrassil Store been crowned Best High Street Butchr in the previous year. For all three stores to reach the Top 20 Butcher Shops in Ireland is a testament to all the Management and Staff involved.

 Star Shop Awards 2012 –

McArdle Meats The Marshes, Best Shop in a Shopping Centre

Mc Ardle Meats Charlestown, Top 10 Butcher Shops in Ireland

Mc Ardle Meats Clanbrassil Street, Top 20 Butcher Shops in Ireland

Mc Ardle Meats scooped several medals at the ACBI Awards held at the SHOP 2012 show held in the RDS recently.

Speciality Food Awards 2012 –

Ready to Cook Category: Silver for Sunday Roast Special & Silver for Honey & Mustard Ham

Ready to Eat Category:  Silver for Chicken Melts & Bronze for Breakfast Lattice

Ready to Heat Category: Silver for BBQ Baby Back Ribs & Silver for Homemade Lasagne

Sausage & Pudding Comp 2012 –

Silver for Mc Ardles White Pudding


Mc Ardle Meats Creamy Garlic Potatoes were recently awarded a Bronze Medal at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards in the extremely competitive Ready Meals Category.

The Food awards were held in Dingle on the 6th of October and a large number of the top food producers from around the country flocked to this corner of Ireland for the event. The product is one of Mc Ardle Meats best selling products and is a recepie that has been prefected over many years. The awards also marked the unveiling of a new brand for Mc Ardle Meats Kitchen products. Pictured below right is Frank receiving the award on behalf of Mc Ardle Meats from John Mc Donald and on the left Frank with the product which is identical to those sold every day in Mc Ardle Meats 4 stores.



Mc Ardle Meats became the first Butcher Shop in Ireland to become accredited with the new Certified Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland standard.

All three stores were among the first stores in Ireland to be put through the rigorous testing and auditing process in order to achieve the prestigous standard. Pictured below is Keith Shortt, Proprietor and Managing Director of Mc Ardle Meats receiving the accreditation award.





FBD Retails Excellence Awards are focused on promoting and recognising standards of excellence in retail and the Awards programme is now the largest of its kind in Ireland. The judges feedback given as part of The FBD Retail Excellence Ireland Awards included comments such as "This is a great butchers to visit, very impressive range of high quality meats plus innovative pre packed meals for those in a hurry", "McArdle Meats is innovative in food, they offer customers who are time poor a great selection of pre packed dinners prepared in their own facilities". Our four stores have this accolade to their name.




Keith and Alicia Shortt receiving an award from Retail Excellence Ireland for The Marshes Shop voted in the Top 10 Retail Stores in Ireland in October 2011


Keith Shortt receiving Business Growth Award at Dundak Chamber of Commerce, Louth Business Awards Night 2010


Keith Shortt receiving Retail Excellence Award at Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Louth Business Awards Night 2009


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