WIN an Irish Whiskey Haggis from McCarthys of Kanturk

Jack McCarthy and his son Tim (the fifth generation of butcher in the family to run the shop) have become one of Ireland’s most prominent and celebrated meat producers. Their meats have won many national & international food awards.

McCarthy’s Blackpudding has received acclaim from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding). This gave them the highest achievement of any participant in Europe at the event. They received Gold awards for le boudin traditionelle and le boudin a grilliere and the Bronze was for le boudin creatif. It was even served to the Queen at the banquet on her visit to Ireland.

Medal from the La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin

Jack and Tim use traditional techniques but are always leading the field with innovative new food ideas and they have become some of Ireland’s most prominent and celebrated meat producers. Jack developed their “Boars Head” pudding in 2010 and it was named in honour of Kanturk, “Ceann Tuirc” means the head of the Boar in Gaelic.

Jack & Tim McCarthy are some of Ireland’s best known Butchers

For several years Jack has been developing his Haggis range. This is a traditional Scottish dish that combines meats, spices and oatmeal. A traditional recipe for haggis would involve the boiled and minced liver, lungs and heart of a sheep mixed with chopped onions, toasted oatmeal, salt, pepper, and spices. The mixture would then be stuffed into the cleaned sheep’s stomach, sewn up and then boiled gently for several hours.

Jack has developed his own special recipe and he won’t even tell me what it is!

The Haggis has now become quite popular outside Scotland and is particularly served around January 25th every year to celebrate Burn’s Night, in memory of the Scottish poet Robert Burns – click here for info.

Haggis stacked with mashed turnips and potatoes (neeps & tatties)

The dish is usually served with “neeps and tatties” which are mashed turnip and potatoes, a whiskey sauce, a few readings of some poetry and copious amounts of whiskey to toast the Haggis!

Here’s your chance to WIN an Irish Whiskey Haggis from McCarthys of Kanturk!

Jack & Tim have kindly offered us a whopping 3kg Irish Whiskey Haggis as a prize for one lucky reader here on the Irish Food Guide Blog and will be delivered to the winner in time for Burns Night, which is celebrated on January 25th.

Sorry but This competition is open for delivery to residents of Ireland and the UK only.

To enter, you must click the button below to
LIKE the McCarthys of Kanturk Facebook Page
AND you must leave a comment here at the bottom of this post.

The winner will be picked by random number generator on Sunday 19th of January. Thanks to Jack & Tim for this wonderful prize. For more from these famous Irish Butchers see

Good luck everyone!

And the Winner is….. Kat Laing. I’ll be in contact today. Congrats.


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14 Responses to WIN an Irish Whiskey Haggis from McCarthys of Kanturk

  1. Best of Luck to all you Haggis Lovers out there! mmmmm!

  2. Peggy says:

    I love their pudding!! And I am delighted I can now get it in Donegal thanks to Harry's and the counter deli!!

  3. Kat Laing says:

    Eh yes please!! Would love to win this. had haggis for the first time in England this year on holidays and only found out the McCarthys did it there a while back. Would love to try theirs!!

  4. Love the sound of eating that de luxe haggis come the 25th – nice partnership there ZG!

  5. Maria says:

    This looks delicious. I'm sure it's as nice as the rest of Jack & Tims produce

  6. LainerC says:

    Would love to try that Haggis!!

  7. Burns night is a drop of whiskey, neaps, tatties and a haggis from McCarthy's Butchers in Kanturk :-)

  8. I would love some Irish haggis with my Scottish husband for this burns night!

  9. Paul says:

    To try new foods is my 2014 is my aim. Never tried Haggis , but it seems to be popping up on one or two sites . Best of luck with your New IRISH Product .

  10. Dana Fleseru says:

    That stacked haggis looks beautiful! If I win this I'll give it a go! ….what am I saying…I'm giving it a go anyway!

  11. I would love to win this, looks beautiful and I bet is very tasty. fingers crossed :)

  12. mkconlon says:

    I just love Haggis! Am so happy to read that it is being made here in Ireland! Cannot wait to taste it!

  13. And the Winner is….. Kat Laing. I'll be in contact today. Congrats.

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