Pigtown and Limerick's Bacon Industry

With four bacon factories operating at the heart of the city, the pig played a vital role in Limerick's economic and social life. O'Mara's, Matterson's, Denny's and Shaw's (later Clover meats) built an international reputation for Limerick ham and bacon and provided employment for thousands of families linking the city and the surrounding county in the production of bacon products. Limerick’s bacon industry became almost like a family business, as many generations of families worked in these factories that were dotted around Limerick

Ruth Guiry and Jack Spratt with a copy of Pigtown
Ruth Guiry and Jack Spratt with a copy of Pigtown

Pigtown – A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry by Ruth Guiry and co-edited by Dr Maura Cronin and Jacqui Hayes was released in 2016. This publication was a joint project with Mary Immaculate College. Based on oral histories and beautifully illustrated with archival images this is an accessible account of one of Limericks defining industries. This project allowed people to understand the extent of the impact that the bacon industry had in Limerick
Matterson's at Lunchtime
Matterson's at Lunchtime