Having recently launched new flavours – including twice turf smoked, black pudding-spiced and whiskey marmalade – Brady Family Ham is an Irish food company that continues to innovate without losing sight of its original values.

Speaking with Irish Country Living, managing director John O’Brien explains the brand’s humble beginnings by Mary and Ossie Brady at their apartment in Maynooth in the 1980s. The couple later bought a site in Timahoe, where they began curing fresh pork to gammon by hand using salt. The process and product used by Mary and Ossie remains unchanged to this day. In 2000, however, the Bradys sold their family business, employing 18 people and specialising in over-the-counter bulk ham, to John’s father Bill O’Brien.