O’Malleys butchers, Tipperary town is celebrating winning an All-Ireland title for their superior black pudding at the 2013 Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland competition held in Dublin recently.
The award-winning craft butchers won the regional finals in Fermoy in June and then went onto the National finals in September where they won the all-Ireland title for the black pudding and struck gold yet again for their white pudding and fiery tomato and chili sausages. David O’Malley is really pleased with the win. “This means a great deal to us and it’s great recognition for our effort and hard work. For our customers it shows that they are getting a great product. Our pork is sourced locally in Bansha and I think we won because we use quality meat and Mam’s recipes for our products. For example in our sausages we put a leg of pork into them giving a better texture and less fat or gristle,” said David.
O’Malley’s traditional family recipes is a guarded secret that has an Irish and Canadian influence. David’s mother Dawn was born in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and moved to British-Columbia when she was two.
In 1973 she was touring with friends around Ireland when she met her husband-to-be Jim O’Malley at a disco in Clonmel. After going home to Canada she returned to Tipperary and married Jim in 1976 and worked alongside her husband creating recipes and many fine food products.
Jim and Dawn’s son David joined the family business and their three daughters, Tara, Erica and Tracey work in Victoria, Canada, Cork and Castlegregory in Kerry.
“I am thrilled with the win and I really enjoy working on the food products,” said Dawn.
Jim O’Malley opened his butchers shop on Bridge Street in 1969 and has built up a successful business over the years.