Hughie Kennedy celebrates 50 years work in Redmond Butchers
Hughie has worked in same butchers for 50 years
Hughie Kennedy of Willow Park has been serving the people of Gorey their freshly cut meat for the last 50 years in Redmond Butchers on John Street.
Proprietor Alan Redmond presented a cake to Hughie to mark the occasion last week and thanked him for all his hard-work throughout the years.
Hughie began his butchering trade in Redmond Butchers at 14-years old, when Alan's grandfather, Paddy Redmond (Paddy Blue), had the shop.
'I attended school for one year before I worked here,' said Hughie. 'My parents always said to go learn a trade as you will be set up for life, and I was. I reared my family out of butchering here.'
Hughie has seen many changes throughout his years working in the butchers, which thankfully had no real impact on them.
'About 20 years ago, supermarkets did not have any meat-counters in them,' said Hughie. 'Now, they all have a butchers and as a result I have seen four butchers in Gorey close down because of it, but luckily not us.'
He added Redmond Butchers is the only place in Gorey where you can still buy fresh beef off the hook.
The new diet trends that have crept into society the past few years have not had a detrimental effect on the butchering business.
'I have noticed a lot more young people are starting to come in,' said Hughie. 'They prefer the fresh and great quality meat, rather than maybe packaged pre-cooked meat you might get in a supermarket.'
Hughie said they have started to sell turkey mince and burgers for those gym enthusiasts.
Hughie is still on a high since the celebration, and thanked the Redmond family for looking after him so well since he started.
A local customer, who does not want to be named, said Hughie is always a pleasant and encouraging man when calling in for the weekly feed of meat.
'I have been coming here now for about 39-years,' said the customer. 'There is a lot to be said for such nice staff.'
Business owner Alan said when his grandfather passed away his father Terry Redmond took over the Redmond Butcher business, which was first set up in 1956.
'Hughie worked for my father before Brian Dunbar took over in 2008,' said Alan. 'Poor Brian then sadly passed away earlier this year.'
Alan then returned to the his fathers butchers after a short career break and jumped on board the family business in 2016.