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Featured in the Dundalk Democrat Newspaper published on the 22nd of February 2012

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Mc Ardle Meats The Marshes Team with The All Ireland Spice Beef Awards Overall Winner

 

More awards for Mc Ardle Meats

Wednesday October 05 2011 Argus Newspaper

KEITH SHORTT and his team from McArdle Meats were at the RDS in Dublin to be presented with the Craft Butchers All Star Shop of the Year Award and be named as 'Ireland's Best High Street Butcher' for their Clanbrassil Street Store. They were also listed in the Top Ten butcher shops in Ireland for their other two stores in The Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and Charlestown Shopping Centre, Finglas. Speaking about the awards Keith Shortt said it was a great achievement for his staff and himself to be in the Top Ten Butcher Shops in Ireland. The Association of Craft Butchers in Ireland has over 450 members and to have our three shops listed in the Top Ten is a credit to our staff and shows that with hard work, dedicated customer service, high standards, quality products in clean and well run stores what can be achieved in these times of doom and gloom. The judging took place over the last few months and all of the shops were audited by mystery independent assessors. On Wednesday the Mc Ardle Meats team went back to the RDS to defend their All Ireland Title in the Speciality Food Awards which they won last year. It was another good day for Mc Ardle Meats as they came first for their Creamy Garlic Potatoes and Sticky Pork Leg and were overall runner up as All Ireland Champion, being pipped at the post by Jane Lawlor, Rathmines for the overall prize. Keith and his team were back in the RDS again on Thursday when they were presented with their Awards by Nevan Maguire. Next week brings the Louth Business Awards with Mc Ardle Meats again being nominated for ' Best Retail Premises - Interior & Exterior' for their Marshes Store and 'Dundalk's Friendliest Retailer' for the Clanbrassil Street Store.

Craft buther website with list of winners: http://www.craftbutchers.ie/newsevents/2011/11/19/spiced-beef-competition-2011-results/

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Special night to honour businesses

450 GUESTS ATTEND SELL-OUT OCCASION

Wednesday October 19 2011

LOUTH Business Awards 2011 night was a sell out in the Fairways Hotel last Saturday when Dundalk Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.

The packed attendance compromised business leaders, local politicians and dignitaries among the 450 guests on the night.

The results for the Louth Business Awards 2011 were as follows:

* Best New Business Start up sponsored by 3 Business was Eno Bar & Grill

* Best Customer Service Award Independent Retailer sponsored by the Argus was won by R Q O'Neill

* Best Retail premises for both exterior and interior visual impact sponsored by Dedco was won by Jacqueline Woods Interiors

* Best Customer Service in Professional Services Sector sponsored by The Fairways Hotel was won by FPM Chartered Accountants.

* Special Community Group Award sponsored by Dundalk Credit Union was won by Appletree Foundation

* Business Growth Award sponsored by Vhi Healthcare was won by Marshes Shopping Centre

* Best Marketing Initiative sponsored by Value Centre Cash & Carry was won by National Tile

* Best Training Initiative sponsored by FAS was won by Pay Check Plus

* Best Business Practice Award sponsored by Peninsula Business Services was won by Cooley Distillery.

* Best Pub/Bar Award sponsored by Diageo (Great Northern Brewery) was won by Fitzpatrick's Bar and Restaurant.

* Best Hair Salon Award sponsored by L'Oreal Professional Products Division was won by Douglas Hair.

* Dundalk's Best High Growth SME sponsored by Louth County Enterprise Board was won by Lissadell Ireland Ltd

* Environment Excellence Award sponsored by Tesco was won by Matthews Coach Hire

* Dundalks Friendliest Retailer sponsored by TCCM Office was won by McArdle Meats.

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Dundalk business in line for another award

 Wednesday August 17 2011 Argus newspaper

DUNDALK retail is making a strong impression in this year's Irish Retail Industry Awards, with McArdle Meats' two local stores shortlisted for 'Store of the Year 2011.'

The awards are organised by Retail Excellence Ireland, Ireland's largest retail industry body, which announced the short-list for Store of the Year, Manager of the Year and Rising Star of the Year.

This year's short-list was selected from a hotly contested list of Ireland's top performing retailers.

The award winners will be announced at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards on 5th November at the Radisson Hotel, Galway.

With two stores in Dundalk, one at The Marshes Shopping Centre and one on Clanbrassil Street, and a third store at Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas, McArdle Meats has been blazing a trail lately winning awards for its excellence in customer service, food variety and taste and ease of shopping in each of its stores.

McArdle Meats have enjoyed great success in previous years at the Retail Excellence Irelands, and are being tipped for another great run.

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Crafty John will step into the ring

NEW COMPETITOR SIGNS UP FOR CONTEST

 
Malcolm McDonnell, John Ormenisan, Kevin McGeough, Shauna O'Connor, Gary Moran and Paddy Beagan getting into shape for the 'Strictly Come Boxing' night in the Fairways Hotel on March 11th.

Malcolm McDonnell, John Ormenisan, Kevin McGeough, Shauna O'Connor, Gary Moran and Paddy Beagan getting into shape for the 'Strictly Come Boxing' night in the Fairways Hotel on March 11th.

Wednesday February 16 2011 Argus newspaper

ANOTHER participant to take up the Strictly Come Boxing Challenge 2011 is Craft Butcher McArdle Meats' Meat Processor John Ormenisan.

Organised by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce in association with The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre, Strictly Come Boxing is back for the second year running and is all about bringing local businesses together in a fun and exciting way for a good cause.

Busy limbering up for the big event on March 11th, John says he is pleased to be involved in the event, not only for fitness reasons but also as he believes in supporting local charities and would like to work with charities in the future.

Having attended four training sessions to date, John says that he is not as unfit as he thought.

' The first training session was tough, but I think I have adapted to them well.'

He puts his quick ability to settle into the training down to the fact that when he was younger he participated in Free Fighting.

This sport is similar to wrestling, but the objective of Free Fighting is to immobilise your opponent without using physical blows like in boxing.

A family man and a key member of staff at McArdle Meats' Clanbrassil Street store, John said: 'I'm receiving great support from everyone at McArdle Meats, at all of our three stores in Dundalk and Dublin.

' Ticket sales are up as a result and I am really looking forward to the fight night and to entertaining my colleagues!'

On the night, John will also be supported by his wife and two daughters who will be there to cheer him on.

Strictly Come Boxing 2011 is on March 11th in the Fairways Hotel at 7.30pm. Standing tickets costs €20 and a seated ring side tickets cost €25 from the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce or the Fairways Hotel

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McArdles continue to deliver

30 December 2010 (Wee County Yearbook)

 Louth Ladies Captain Grace Lynch being presesnted with t-shirts from Keith Shortt for the Junior All Ireland Final.

McArdle Meats is Louth's best known butchers' shops and the quality of their produce has been recognised on the national stage on more than one occasion.

This year, McArdle Meats won four prestigious awards at the annual trade show SHOP, Ireland's Biggest Food and Drink event for Retail and Hospitality, which was held recently in the RDS in Dublin.
For the 2010 edition of the Wee County Yearbook, we profile McArdle Meats and take a look at the success they have achieved, while also having a look at the newly refurbished premises on Clanbrassil Street, which is the original premises of the franchise that now includes a further two shops at the Marshes in Dundalk and in Finglas, Co Dublin.
McArdle Meats managing director Keith Shortt and his employees can draw comparisons to many GAA teams as they too have work hard and reap the rewards.
Winning a competitive place in the 'Top Ten Butchers Shops Nationwide' in The Star SHOP Awards which was run by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI), McArdle Meats was recognised for its quality and customer service. McArdle Meats was also awarded 'Gold Overall Winner and Supreme Champion Award' in the Speciality Food Competition for its Honey and Mustard Glazed Ham.
They were also awarded Gold in the 'Sausage Competition' for its traditional sausage and awarded Gold in the 'Ready to Cook competition' for its Gourmet Burger.
The Speciality Food Competition was judged by members of the Irish Guild of Food Writers and The Star Shop Awards were judged by mystery shopper visits.
"We were delighted to be recognised for our good quality food products and for our customer service," said Keith Shortt, managing director, McArdle Meats. "We work hard at keeping our standards high and it's great that our peers compete in these events to keep us all on our toes and at the top of our game."
McArdle Meats prides itself on good customer service, good quality product, good value for money and good hygiene standards.
While many retailers have closed their shutters on Clanbrassil Street in the past year and those remaining continue to face challenges, one of the street's oldest traders McArdle Meats is optimistic about the future of Clanbrassil street and has made a significant investment in its shop in recent days with a new fit-out.
"Customer focus has, is and always will be top of our agenda at McArdle Meats," said Keith. "We are constantly investing in our food products, shops and staff to deliver the best service to our customers. We listen to our customers and we adapt to their changing needs. In order to keep at the top of our game and provide great quality products, we must continue to invest, even in these challenging times.
"We are proud of our longstanding presence on Clanbrassil Street and we encourage growth and investment here. We also acknowledge that we have invested a lot of money in an uncertain retail climate, however, we see the street as being a very good place to be in Dundalk in the future."
Choosing to invest in the new fit-out was decided after a review of the current needs of the McArdle Meats shop and of its customers. McArdle Meats prides itself on customer service and felt it hadn't enough space and variety in its shop on Clanbrassil Street. The new fit-out is designed to be more customer friendly and offer more food choice and variety. The new fit-out was completed within 48 hours and caused no disruption to customer service.
McArdle Meats has been trading on Clanbrassil Street for over 30 years. Given the economic downturn, the company has managed to retain all employees and is currently recruiting staff. 
Sponsorship is something that the team at McArdles has been keen to be associated with and they have sponsored a number of different organisations in Dundalk including the Clann na nGael minor football team and the Louth Ladies Squad which reached the Junior All Ireland Final.
The 'McArdle Meats Young Chef of the Year' secondary school cookery competition is back for its second year running and all secondary schools in Louth and Monaghan are invited to take part.
Entrants must be Home Economics students and are asked to create their own recipes and cook a starter, a main course and a dessert.  They must state what produce they intend to use and where the ingredients will come from, along with the cost of the meal.
The menu the entrants choose will be the one they will be required to prepare and cook and serve on competition day, if selected as a finalist. Six finalists will be short listed and they will be judged by Keith and Alan McCabe, development chef at McArdle Meats.
The competition will be held on Friday 18th February 2011. Judges on the day will be Keith Shortt along with some of his production chefs from McArdle Meats and they will be looking for the best in nutritional value, presentation, cost and of course taste. 
"We at McArdle Meats are enthusiastic about promoting cooking and culinary skills to young people and we recognise the importance of this in terms of healthy eating and nutrition," said Keith Shortt, managing director, McArdle Meats. "It's our second year running and we are delighted to work with local schools and we are keen to get as many schools involved as possible in counties Louth and Monaghan. Getting young people interested in cooking is important and rewarding for themselves. A competition like this gives them something fun to look forward to and some personal goals to set and achieve as well."
The winning menu will appear on the McArdle Meats website along with photographs of the competition. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions awarded this year & the Crystal Trophy will go to the 1st place winner, along with the all important title of 'McArdle Meats Young Chef of the Year 2011'.  First prize is a laptop for the Home Economics department of the winning school. The first prize winner will also receive a free placement at a cookery school. Other prizes will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place positions to the student winners as well as their Home Economic departments.

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Major retail award for McArdle Meats

 
Nevin Maguire, Celebrity Chef, Kevin Jephson, Chairman Retail Excellence Ireland, Alicia Shortt, McArdle Meats, Miriam O'Callaghan MC, RTE, Keith Shortt, McArdle Meats and Dara Calleary TD, Minister for Labour Affairs and Public Service Transformation...

Nevin Maguire, Celebrity Chef, Kevin Jephson, Chairman Retail Excellence Ireland, Alicia Shortt, McArdle Meats, Miriam O'Callaghan MC, RTE, Keith Shortt, McArdle Meats and Dara Calleary TD, Minister for Labour Affairs and Public Service Transformation...

 

Wednesday November 17 2010 Argus

MCARDLE Meats has won another prestigious national award, this time from Retail Excellence Ireland, ranking the firm 21st out of the 8,500 stores currently trading in Ireland.

More than 500 representatives from the retail Industry in Ireland attended the prestigious Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 ceremony recently at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

Having been listed in Ireland's Top 50 Stores by Retail Excellence Ireland for the sixth time in six consecutive years, McArdle Meats bet off strong competition this year from retailers across the country to win runner-up prize in the highly competitive Best Small Store category.

Hosted by RTE TV and radio personality, Miriam O'Callaghan, the event saw Keith Shortt, managing director, McArdle Meats being presented with a Retail Excellence Ireland Award by Minister for Labour Affairs, Dara Calleary, T.D.

Celebrity Chef, Nevin Maguire who was sitting at the McArdle Meats table at the awards ceremony congratulated Keith on his achievement.

Keith Shortt, managing director, McArdle Meats, said: ' The ratings we have received mean that McArdle Meats is constantly meeting standards, being consistent, delivering quality customer services and quality products.'

McArdle Meats has been blazing a trail lately winning awards for its excellence in customer service, food variety and taste and ease of shopping in each of its stores.

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McArdle Meats ‘Top of the Chops’ at Shop 2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Award-winning Craft Butcher McArdle Meats has won four prestigious awards at the annual trade show SHOP, Ireland’s Biggest Food and Drink event for Retail and Hospitality industry, which was held recently in the RDS in Dublin.

Winning a competitive place in the ‘Top Ten Butchers Shops Nationwide’ in The Star SHOP Awards which was run by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI), McArdle Meats was recognised for its quality and customer service. McArdle Meats was also awarded ‘Gold Overall Winner and Supreme Champion Award’ in the Speciality Food Competition for its Honey and Mustard Glazed Ham.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our good quality food products and for our customer service,” said Keith Shortt, managing director, McArdle Meats. “We work hard at keeping our standards high and it’s great that our peers compete in these events to keep us all on our toes and at the top of our game.”

McArdle Meats was also awarded Gold in the ‘Sausage Competition’ for its traditional sausage and awarded Gold in the ‘Ready to Cook competition’ for its Gourmet Burger.

The Speciality Food Competition was judged by members of the Irish Guild of Food Writers and The Star Shop Awards were judged by mystery shopper visits.

“SHOP attracts butchers from all over Ireland annually and in this day and age it’s great to see the craft skills of our members alive and well,” said Dave Lang, project and development officer, ACBI. “Skills like sausage making, ham and bacon curing, customer service and local knowledge all add to the offering to customers in a Craft Butchers shop. McArdle Meats is very deserving of these two awards and I wish Keith and his team continued growth and success.”

Since SHOP 2010, McArdle Meats has also won a ‘Business Growth Award’ at the Louth Business Awards 2010 which are run by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Keith Shortt has three Craft Butcher shops. Two in Louth at the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk and one in Dublin at Charlestown Shopping Centre, Finglas.

 

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 Wednesday November 26 2008

Once more Ireland's craftbutchers flew the flag for the country's largest network of specialised food retailers at the FBD Crest Retail Excellence Awards.

Keith Shortt of McArdle Meats, Charlestown Shopping Centre, has added another prestigious award to his bulging awards cabinet by being named in the top 50 retailers in the country! A measure of this achievement is that this year, 432 stores entered the awards from the full spectrum of Irish retailing and competition was fiercer than ever.

Keith's recently opened shop in Charlestown draws customers from far and wide.But the strength of this business goes much further than his impressive shop and its friendly staff.

Keith is no stranger to the awards podium when it comes to the quality and diversity of his product. Since 2001 he has been a multiple award winner in the Craftbutcher Speciality Foods awards and other competitions and he is a former Young Butcher of the Year.

This is the third time one of his shops has been in the top fifty. His shop in the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk, has just won a Chamber of Commerce award for Customer Excellence.

'Needless to say I am delighted with this accolade‚' said Keith. 'All of the team here make a massive effort on a continuing basis; it is a reward for their dedication and commitment!'

Craftbutchers association chief executive Pat Brady added his word of congratulations to Keith. 'This is truly a reward for the excellence which Keith Shortt regards as standard. He is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of craftbutchers who have married the artisan traditions of the past with the highest standards in modern retailing!

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