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Carton Bros is the name of the company that produce Manor Farm chicken. It is one of the oldest family companies in the country and dates back to 1775 when it was trading in the Dublin Markets. Originally in those heady days over 200 years ago, chickens would be brought from the farmyards all around the country to the Dublin Markets and Carton’s would sell them on. In later years people would send their live chickens on the train marked for Carton’s where they would then be sold and the money would be sent back to the Farmers by return (less a commission of course).

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All Manor Farm chicken is 100% Irish and produced to only the very highest standards. All our chicken is Bord Bia approved and is a regular winner of numerous quality awards from Industry bodies. We are consistent winners of several Irish & International Food Awards.


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All Manor Farm chicken is 100% Irish and produced to only the very highest standards. All our chicken is Bord Bia approved and is a regular winner of numerous quality awards from Industry bodies. We are consistent winners of several Irish & International Food Awards.


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We at Manor Farm are very proud of our farmers and of the hard work they do to bring the finest quality chicken to you. The majority of our farmers are found in the traditional chicken farming areas of counties Cavan & Monaghan as well as counties Meath, Louth, Limerick & Waterford.


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As It Happened

1775

CARTON BROS

1775 - Carton Bros. was founded in 1775 when they commenced trading in the Dublin Markets.

1807

CARTON BROS

1807 - In 1807 they officially received their Poulters Licence setting them on a journey that would span many generations to come.

Great Irish Famine

CARTON BROS

THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE - Throughout the Great Irish Famine, Carton Bros. generously supplied the Dublin City area with fresh water from clean wells from their large farm out in Poppentree, Dublin 11, where Ikea sits today.

1910

CARTON BROS

1910 - Carton Bros. set up on Halston Street. Housewives all over Ireland would send their chickens to them by rail knowing with confidence that they would receive their payment from the ever-trustworthy Carton Bros.

1938

CARTON BROS

938 - Just up from Halston Street, Cartons purchased a piece of land to farm on a street named Manor Street. The Carton Bros workers then farmed that land and it became known as Manor Farm - thus the brand name was formed.

WW2

CARTON BROS

Dublin Christmas Markets

CARTON BROS

DUBLIN CHRISTMAS MARKETS Halston Street would come alive each Christmas due to the Cartons live Turkey Markets. Cars would queue from 5am on cold December mornings, with ordinary households arriving with their homegrown turkeys in their boots and trailers for auction!

Dublin Christmas Markets

CARTON BROS

DUBLIN CHRISTMAS MARKETS Cont. ... Trinity College and UCD would provide Cartons with students to assist them in the buying and selling of Christmas Turkeys. These auctions were managed by no other than TP Carton - the previous CEO of the company!

The Rabbit Business

CARTON BROS

THE RABBIT BUSINESS Cartons most prosperous venture from 1901- 1956 was in fact the rabbit business. Farmers throughout Ireland would snare rabbits and send them to Halston Street by railway. In 1956 however the myxomatosis virus hit Ireland from Australia and the Cartons rabbit business disappeared overnight!

1960

CARTON BROS

Up to 1960, Carton Brothers was one of Dublin’s biggest employers, with 19 different businesses. They were even involved in the selling of Tea! From 1901 - 1960, there were two tea brands in Ireland. There was Barry’s tea of Cork and there was Capital Tea in Dublin - owned by none other than the Carton Brothers.

1956

Manor Farm

1956 - Chicken as we know it today was introduced to Ireland by Manor Farm in 1956, with the concept of the ‘Spring Chicken’ being available all year round.

1968

Manor Farm

1968 - In 1968 the hatchery in Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan was built, followed quickly by an investment in a state-of-the-art production site at Shercock, Co.Cavan.

1976

Manor Farm

1976 - Irelands only dedicated poultry feed mill was established, achieving complete integration for Manor Farm.

Today

Manor Farm

TODAY - Consistent within Manor Farm at all times is a dedication to quality and the production of unique and very tasty chicken products from the best chicken that we produce ourselves. Manor Farm now has over 800 employees, and employ over 170 farmers.