Nolans of Kilcullen established in 1886

If we were watching “Reeling Back the Years” to give you an indication of how long ago that was:

  • Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would later be named "Coca-Cola".
  • The Karl Benz Patent Motorwagen (or motorcar), patented in 1886, is widely regarded as the first automobile, that is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by a motor.
  • The Statue of Liberty opened
  • X Ray Technology is invented
  • But most importantly Nolans of Kilcullen was established!

Nolans Butchers was indeed established in 1886. Set up in the main street of a small village in Co.Kildare known as Kilcullen, the Nolan brothers who established the business had a progressive and enterprising outlook: they supplied the new Free State army for some years, and as early as the 1930s they put lamb carcasses on the London market.

Andy, James's late father concentrated first on consolidation and in later years on modernisation and expansion. He recognised the importance of being able to comply with the rising standards required by the European Union and invested heavily in a new abattoir. This turned out to be a critically important decision and a right one. It allowed Nolans to continue their own slaughtering, retain full control over the production process and ensure the continuation of their quality standards.

James who understudied his father took over as head of the business 2002 and has continued the family tradition. He is just as particular as Andy about quality. Good meat comes not just from what happens behind the counter.

In June 2006 James undertook a massive expansion - the doors were closed and the entire shop was demolished. Every brick was taken down except for the front façade which is under a preservation order. The new store was opened on Dec 6th 2006.

This butchers shop has become something of an institution for many people. There are many obvious reasons for this, such as quality, reliability and value for money; Nolan's however has a unique atmosphere. Dubbed aptly as the "Social Centre of Kilcullen". There is a vibe in the shop that typifies the nature of the people of the area. People arrive not only for the meat but also for the "meet". It is this combination of guaranteed quality and the unique atmosphere that make Nolan's the butcher's with a difference.