Awards & Recognition

O’Neills Dry Cured Bacon Co. has won numerous prestigious awards, is highly acclaimed by food critics and is the chosen bacon of many of the top chefs in Ireland. Isn’t it time you tasted it for yourself?


Georgina Campbell


Tasty rashers of bacon are the heart of the traditional Irish breakfast plate and this one produced in Ireland’s Ancient East is genuinely Irish and it carries the Bord Bia Quality Mark, which guarantees the meat has been reared and processed in the Republic of Ireland and produced to the highest international standards that are regularly independently checked. Pat O’Neill’s products are cured by hand, low in salt and phosphate free, and the difference is plain to see in the cooking and the taste.

Great-Taste-Awards-ProducerGreat Taste Award Winner

Your favorite bacon company has won several Great Taste Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and again in 2018. In fact in 2018 we were treble winners once again.  Two Stars were awarded for the Back Bacon Joint which is the only Dry Cured joint to be awarded two stars in Ireland.  A further one star was awarded to the Dry Cured Streaky Rashers and Smoked Streaky Rashers.

bord-bia-assuranceBord Bia Quality Mark

We are a member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme. This means that our Bacon has been produced to the highest Bord Bia quality standards and uses all Irish Pork. All of our bacon is fully traceable and the production facility is following excellent hygiene and manufacturing practice.

McKennas’ Guide Best in Ireland 2017mckennas-guide

So whether the O’Neill’s bacon is centre-stage on your breakfast plate, or whether it is a pivotal element that brings all the other flavours in your dinner dish into focus, it is a vital part of every creative kitchen. Good bacon is the cook’s best friend and, once you have tried O’Neill’s bacon, you will understand why it’s the choice of the best cooks. John & Sally McKenna – See to read the full article.

irish-food-writersWinner of Irish Food Writers Guild Award

The Food Writers Guild Award 2011 was presented to O’Neill’s Foods for the consistent high quality and excellent value of their range of hand-crafted, dry-cured bacon and hams.

recognition_image2Lucinda O’Sullivan, Food Critic

“Pat O’Neill produces and wholesales old style artisan dry cure bacon which is not only deliciously tasty but what you get is solid meat per kilo for your money with none of that old water seeping out on the pan!”

DonalSkehanDonal Skehan, Food Blogger, Cookbook Author, TV Presenter

Donal Skehan is a big fan of the O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. range. He recently visited Pat O’Neill and family in Wexford and featured O’Neill’s on his TV series – Kitchen Hero: Donal’s Irish Feast. See it here

recognition_image4Robbie White, Head Chef, Monart Destination Spa

“The saying goes you ‘get what you put in’ and for that reason O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. rashers cook beautifully and taste supreme. If you think a rasher is a rasher you haven’t tried O’Neills.”

ariel house dublinGuest from Ariel House, Dublin

(Serves rashers from O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co.)

We stayed at Ariel House for 2 nights, and I wished we could have stayed longer because this place is truly wonderful.

recognition_image5Guest from Archways B&B, Rosslare

(serves rashers from O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co.)

The breakfast was the best we have ever had at a B&B or hotel. Home grown bacon, hand made sausages & white & black pudding. We can’t recommend this highly enough. Read more.