Our story

After building up a long and established career working for many high-class shops in Drogheda, Tullamore and Navan, Hugh Maguire opened his first Butcher Shop in Trimgate Street, Navan, Co. Meath in 1991. At that time, Hugh was one of a new generation of butchers who was determined to maintain the traditional art of his craft despite huge competition from big business.

In March 2004, Hugh and his brother William opened a new ultra-modern butcher shop in Ashbourne Town Centre, which is bright, clean and modern housing an enticingly colourful display of ready to cook foods, pre-packed offerings and a traditional butcher’s meat counter.

Hugh’s philosophy is about providing the best locally sourced meat, thereby supporting local producers and guaranteeing quality, traceability and value to his long established and loyal customer base. Hugh believes the success of the business is due having a great understanding of modern consumer habits and truly believing the customer is ‘king’. Hugh is often sought out by RTE to present items of information on day time TV and receives many enquiries from members of the media on matters related to the beef/chicken/pork and lamb industries.

Our Awards

Hugh, William and Caroline Maguire are delighted to have won numerous awards for their outstanding products and customer service.

Recognised throughout Ireland as a leading member of the craft butcher fraternity, Hugh Maguire Butchers has won numerous awards for their sausages, puddings and dry cured rashers:

  • All-Ireland success in 2005 as ‘Supreme Champion Sausage Maker’
  • National Black and White pudding Champion 2003

Bridgestone “Best in Ireland”

The Bridgestone “Best in Ireland” means exactly what it says on the plaque, an up-to-date plaque displayed by an establishment, guarantees that the people involved are providing the very best service possible. Hugh Maguire Butchers receives this award annually.

Craft Butchers

Hugh Maguire was president of the Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland in 2009 & 2011.

Retail Excellence Ireland

The Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with The Sunday Independent is the largest, most prestigious and celebrated event in the Irish Retail Industry calendar. In 2010 Hugh Maguire Butchers was a winner of the Best Retail Store of the Year category.

Euro-toques Food Awards

The aim of the Euro-toques Food Awards award is to reward honour and promote Ireland’s best food producers and suppliers. Each year the Euro-toques chefs nominate and select a small number of outstanding Irish food producers who provide an excellent product or service to chefs and/or consumers. In 2005 Hugh Maguire Butchers was awarded this award for our Fresh Blood Black Pudding.

Great Taste Awards

The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink. This award is often described as the Oscars™ of the food world. Hugh Maguire Butchers was a recipient of this award in 2003.

Neven Maguire

“Hugh Maguire Butchers supplies MacNean House and Resturant with their famous black pudding. I have been a customer of Hugh Maguire Butchers for many years. I’m a big fan of his black pudding as are our guests, its crumbly texture and intensely rich taste never disappoints” Neven Maguire.

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Unit 3/4 High Street Ashbourne, Co. Meath

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