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  Roches St addresses

O'Mara's logos and ads



O'Mara's bacon company, Limerick



O'Mara's bacon factory, Roches St, Limerick.
Photo must be late 1980s (when it closed down).
Junction of Roches St and Anne St.
Anne St to the LHS goes down to Thomas St in the background.
Apparently Richard Ray's shop was just to RHS out of picture here.
Photo courtesy of Tony Punch. See full size.




O'Mara's bacon company, the source of generations of O'Mara family wealth,
was founded by James O'Mara (formerly O'Meara) in his house, Mungret St, Limerick, in 1839.
A dedicated factory was set up nr top of Roches St, centre of new town, Limerick.
The business is listed as "James O'Mara", "provision merchant" at 30 Roches St in [Directory of Cork & Munster, 1867].
The business is listed as "James O'Mara and sons", "provision merchants" at 30 Roches St in [Slater's Directory, 1881].
Factory is numbered as 31 Roches St in letterhead, 1886.
James and his 2 eldest surviving sons Stephen O'Mara and Jack O'Mara built up the business over the 19th century into a great success.
They set up Russian Bacon Company 1891,
and from 1891 to 1903 they imported bacon from Russian Bacon Company, Gryazi, Russia into London.

Jim O'Mara was agent for O'Mara's in London until he died 1893.
James O'Mara was agent for O'Mara's in London 1893-1914. He imported bacon from Romania.
[Modern Ireland, 1899] describes Stephen O'Mara as then head of the company, says "nearly 100" people then employed at Roches St.
Stephen O'Mara bought bacon factory in Palmerston, Ontario, Canada.
Joe O'Mara went out to run it.

Factory is numbered as 33 Roches St in [Guy's directory, 1912].
Jack O'Mara was manager of O'Mara bacon factory before his death 1919.
Stephen O'Mara was Managing Director of O'Mara Ltd as at 1923.
He founded bacon factory in Claremorris, Co.Mayo, 1930.
He founded bacon factory in Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
Marcus O'Sullivan managed the Limerick factory c. late 1930s.

In 1938 the family business went public.
Bacon Company of Ireland formed, with Jack O'Mara as Managing Director, and subsidiaries the 3 bacon factories:

  1. O'Mara's bacon factory, Roches St, Limerick city.
  2. Bacon factory, Claremorris, Co.Mayo.
  3. Bacon factory, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
Marcus O'Sullivan was running the bacon factory in Claremorris, Co.Mayo, as at 1942.
Stephen O'Mara was Chairman of Bacon Company of Ireland at time of his death 1959.
Mickey O'Mara became Managing Director of Bacon Company of Ireland 1970.

In 1987 the Bacon Company of Ireland merged with other companies to form Irish Country Bacon. Mickey O'Mara stopped involvement.
Shortly afterwards the old O'Mara factory in Limerick finally closed, after 150 years.
In 1988 or 1989 the O'Mara factory was demolished, and the site sold, became a car park.
The site is now the multi-storey car park on the entire block bounded by Roches St, Anne St and Roche's Row.





The date "1839" marked on the factory.
Detail of image above.



Location of O'Mara's bacon factory, Roches St, Limerick (the block between Anne St and Roche's Row, see red cross).
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern map.



O'Mara's bacon factory, Roches St, Limerick.
Photo 1978.
Junction of Roches St and Anne St. Looking down Anne St towards Thomas St in the background.



The same location in 2009.
Junction of Roches St and Anne St. Looking down Anne St towards Thomas St in the background.
O'Mara's bacon factory is gone. Site is the car park building on RHS.
Photo 2009. See full size.
See similar shot. See other shot.



Street view of site of O'Mara's bacon factory (car park building).
Click to rotate.
From Google Street View.



Site of O'Mara's bacon factory (car park building).
Photo from Roches St.
Photo 2009. See full size.



Site of O'Mara's bacon factory (car park building on LHS).
Junction of Roches St and Roche's Row.
Photo 2009. See full size.
See wider shot.




Roches St addresses

Trying to make sense of the numbered addresses on Roches St:

  
 
Roches St in [Guy's, 1893, vol.D, p.79].
Shows O'Mara's bacon factory (multiple locations between no.29 and no.42)
and Lynch and Spain (no.45) and Richard Ray (no.46).


 
Roches St in [Guy's, 1912, pp.80-81].
Shows Stephen O'Mara at the factory at no.33 (his house is elsewhere)
and Richard Ray at no.37 and Michael Spain at no.39-40.



The modern numbering seems totally different again.
From here.


  

O'Mara's logos and ads



O'Mara's letterhead, 1886.
Shows the factory at 31 Roches St.
They were on the telegraph.
See larger and full size.



O'Mara's letterhead, 1898.
They were on the telephone.
See larger and full size.



James O'Mara letterhead when he was agent in London in 1900.
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O'Mara's ad of 1903.
See full size.
From Fete in aid of St.John's Hospital, Limerick, June 8th to 13th, 1903. Limerick City Museum.



O'Mara's bacon ads on trams on Sackville St, Dublin.
Detail of postcard of Sackville St.
See full size.
See other scan from here.



The full postcard.
See full size.
See other scan.
See other scan from here.
See other scan from here.



O'Mara's bacon ad on tram at Nelson's Pillar, O'Connell St (Sackville St), Dublin.
Photo perhaps c.1927.
From NLI.
See full size.



O'Mara logo, centenary dinner, 1939.
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O'Mara's letterhead, 1943.
Signed by Stephen O'Mara.
Directors Stephen O'Mara and Michael Rynne and James O'Mara and James Ray and Marcus O'Sullivan and Jack O'Mara.
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From Limerick Museum.



O'Mara's bacon factory truck.
Photo courtesy of Tony Punch.
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"The English beef, the Welshman sheep,
The Scotchman haggis gnaws;
The Esquimo holds walrus fat
Between his greasy paws;
The Frenchman nibbles froggies' legs;
New Yorker's gobble clams,
But Irishmen who know what's what
Stick to O'Mara's Hams.
"

- Verse in booklet of O'Mara's centenary dinner, Savoy restaurant, Limerick, 11 Feb 1939.
The dinner included port from 1889 and cognac from 1839.




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