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  Mungret St, Limerick

Roches St, Limerick

O'Mara's logos and ads

O'Mara's London office

Donnelly's bacon factory, Dublin



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.
Photo courtesy of Tony Punch. See full size.




O'Mara's bacon company, the source of generations of O'Mara family wealth.
Founded by James O'Mara in his house in Mungret St, Limerick, in 1839.
James is in Mungret St in 1850.
"James O'Mara", Mungret St, is listed under "provision dealers" in [Slater's, 1856, p.310].

James moved some time in 1856-1862 to Roches St, centre of new town, Limerick.
A dedicated factory was set up near top of Roches St.
The business is listed as "James O'Mara", "provision merchant", Roches St, in [Directory of Cork & Munster, 1867].
James and his sons Stephen O'Mara and Jack O'Mara built up the business over the 19th century into a great success.

Jim O'Mara was agent for O'Mara's in London from at least 1886 until he died 1893.
O'Mara's set up the Russian Bacon Company in 1891.
From 1891 to 1903 they imported bacon from the Russian Bacon Company, Gryazi, Russia into London.

James O'Mara was agent for O'Mara's in London from 1893 to 1914.
[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. Opened 1904.
Stephen O'Mara purchased Donnelly's bacon factory, Dublin, 1906.

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.


  

  

Mungret St, Limerick

  

  

Roches St, Limerick

  

  

O'Mara's logos and ads

  

  

O'Mara's London office

  

  

Donnelly's bacon factory, Dublin

  


"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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