James Whelan Butchers: Santa Watch: 100% Delivery

We’re delighted to have had confirmation this morning that the very last of our holiday orders was successfully delivered yesterday. Santa and his sleigh have travelled through snow, ice, sleet and slush and reached homes from from Kerry to Donegal with bundles of ham, turkey, spiced beef, stuffing and all of the essential provisions for Christmas dinner.

2010 has seen a record-breaking December, with Ireland seeing incredible amounts of snow, airport closures, salt and grit shortages, and general transport havoc. Against this backdrop, we also took record numbers of internet orders this year. Insuring every single one of them was able to reach our waiting customers meant taking some difficult decisions but we’re absolutely delighted they paid off and that hundreds of happy James Whelan Butchers hams and turkeys have found their way to festive kitchens in time for Christmas.

Enormous thanks are due to the customers who placed their orders with us and were so understanding as we worked through the logistics of some challenging deliveries; our amazing team who worked through the night to pack hundreds of orders a day early and answer customer queries over three days; and the DPD couriers (and the occasional intrepid Irish taxi driver!) who battled often impossible conditions to make deliveries.

We sincerely hope everyone still travelling home for the holidays makes it to your family table for Christmas, and wish everyone a very happy holiday!

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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