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How this pioneering Limerick butcher sells beef finished on her own family farm

Ciara Flavin, the first woman to graduate from her butchering course, explains how she got into a male-dominated trade, and why her model of raising heifers for slaughter gives her shop an advantage over the supermarkets

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Trailblazer: Butcher Ciara Flavin with carcases which hang for 30 days for ageing at the family premises at Annacotty, Co Limerick. Photos: Martin Ryan

Trailblazer: Butcher Ciara Flavin with carcases which hang for 30 days for ageing at the family premises at Annacotty, Co Limerick. Photos: Martin Ryan

Ciara on her family farm at at Grange, near Bruff, Co Limerick

Ciara on her family farm at at Grange, near Bruff, Co Limerick

Ciara carving cuts of beef in the shop in Castletroy, Limerick

Ciara carving cuts of beef in the shop in Castletroy, Limerick

Some of the heifers being reared on the farm

Some of the heifers being reared on the farm

Ciara with her aunt, Carmel Fitzgerald

Ciara with her aunt, Carmel Fitzgerald

Ciara's shop sells a range of quick-cook and ready meals

Ciara's shop sells a range of quick-cook and ready meals

Ciara's beef is hung for 30 days

Ciara's beef is hung for 30 days

The Flavins' herd is a mix of breeds, including Hereford, Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental.

The Flavins' herd is a mix of breeds, including Hereford, Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental.

The Flavins' herd feeding indoors

The Flavins' herd feeding indoors

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Trailblazer: Butcher Ciara Flavin with carcases which hang for 30 days for ageing at the family premises at Annacotty, Co Limerick. Photos: Martin Ryan

Breaking the mould in the male world of butchering, 24-year-old Ciara Flavin has become the first female graduate of the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland-certified training course

The Limerick woman is also among the minority of butchers to have hands on involvement in the day-to-day rearing, feeding and slaughtering of the beef animals she serves over the counter to the customers.


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