THREE household Tullamore brands have joined forces to celebrate landmark anniversaries.
The trio have marked the occasion in a unique manner - by producing a special sandwich range combining aspects of the three successful businesses.
The sandwich range is the fruits of a collaboration between Carroll Cuisine, O’Donohue’s Bakery and the Bridge House.
The signature range is now available at the Bridge House Bar carvery and is a combination of O’Donohue’s Bakery breads and Carrolls of Tullamore meats.
This year O’Donohue’s celebrates 30 years in business, Carrolls marks 40 years and the Bridge House Hotel celebrates 50 years.
Not just well known Offaly brands, the three local firms have established a presence and reputation for quality on the national and international stage.
O’Donohue’s Bakery is a fourth generation, family run business that was re-established in Tullamore by husband and wife team, Cathal and Frances O’Donohue.
Cathal is a third generation master baker from Co. Mayo who came to Tullamore back in 1989 with his wife Frances and their four children to pursue his dream of opening his own bakery.
McGlinchey’s Bakery at the top of William St. (where Buckley’s cycles is today) was for sale and having sold their house and other possessions to pursue this dream,
On Apilr 1, 1989, O’Donohue’s started to manufacture and supply bread with a total of three staff: Cathal, Frances and one other baker.
”Use Your Loaf & Keep the Dough in Town”, soon became a popular slogan within the town and surrounding areas that many associated with O’Donohue’s bread.
Today, the bakery is located in a 20,000 sq. Ft manufacturing facility in Kilcruttin Centre and employs a hardworking team of 30 staff
Very much the family affair, Cathal, Frances and daughter Louise continue to work in the business.
Carroll’s have a long history of producing the finest Irish hams in Tullamore. Established by Shinrone man, Seamus Carroll in 1979 using genuine traditional family recipes, Carroll’s built up a reputation for quality and taste and soon became established as one of Ireland’s most trusted family brands. To this day, the same recipe is used to make the iconic Carroll’s ham.
Carroll’s are fully committed to giving back to the community, as theircontinued support of Gaelic games reached the quarter of a century milestone in 2015. Since the beginning of county shirt sponsorship in the GAA in 1991, Carroll’s has been the only name emblazoned across the Offaly team strips.
The firm supports over 350 local jobs and in 2015 was awarded Ireland’s fastest growing brand in Ireland’s Top 100 Brands.
The management led buyout backed by Cardinal Carlyle Ireland brought about an exciting period of growth and expansion for Carroll’s in recent years.
The Bridge House is an institution in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and the wider Midlands and has played a major role in the social, commercial, business, political and economic history of Tullamore for the past half century.
The multi-functional bar has a reputation second to none for food and enjoys a historic reputation as a house of great fare.
Live music is also on the roster throughout the week at the bar which is also the venue for family gatherings and community occasions.