1,500 Irish butcher shops close in 30 years

The number of independent butcher shops in Ireland fell by 65% over an almost 30-year period, according to the coordinators of a butchery apprenticeship programme.

There were around 2,300 independent butcher shops in Ireland in 1990, but by 2019 that figure had fallen to about 800.

According to the 2016 Census, there were approximately 6,300 butchers working in Ireland across the entire meat industry.

 

 

Aisling O’Brien  / Agriland