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Tayto Cheese and Onion Crisps
For those of you having moved away from Northern Ireland you can now have the taste of home with these famous Northern Ireland Tayto Cheese and Onion Crisps.
By: Trevor Mitchell
These can now be ordered direct for delivery by post from
Tayto Castle in the Ulster countryside is where the terrific Tayto crisps are made. The castle is over 500 years old and was originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan, one of the mightiest and most powerful clans in all of Ireland.In 1619 King James I of England confiscated the castle from the O'Hanlon's because they took part in a rebellion against Hugh O'Neill in County Tyrone. The castle was given to Sir Oliver St. John, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
The O'Hanlon's decided to try to recapture the castle during the war and 1641 and Sir Oliver St. John was shot through the head with a bullet while directing the castle's defence. In the raging battle that ensued the castle and the nearby church were burnt and destroyed. The ruins of the property then passed into the hands of other families and became the home of the Duke of Manchester in the 1800's.
In 1836 the castle was then rebuilt and truly became a home that befitted a Duke.
The entrance hall had a fine marble fireplace with an overmantle of richly carved Italian woodwork and the ceiling panels were painted with coats of arms of families connected with the history of the castle. The castle remained the home of the Duke of Manchester until 1939.
On 21st October 1943 the castle became the garrison home of the 28th Cavalry Squadron, 6th Cavalry Group – 3rd United States Army.
The army used the castle and its grounds for training and preparation prior to being sent to England in April 1944 to prepare for the D-Day Normandy invasions.
The American soldiers were warmly welcomed by the townsfolk of Tandragee, friendships were quickly formed and numerous marriages have resulted.In 1955 the castle was in need of repair and was bought by a visionary local businessman, Thomas Hutchinson.In 1956 he had the clever idea to make a new potato product called crisps, and started making Tayto crisps creating one of the world's best loved brands of crisps and snacks.
An enduring feature of Tayto has been Mr. Tayto, the brand's lovable mascot. He's a well known and well loved face across Northern Ireland, has been all over the world promoting Tayto and has starred in many of his own advertisements.
The word spread about the terrific Tayto taste and soon all sorts of great stuff was being made:
1964. Tayto became one of the first companies to sell different flavours of crisps with Cheese and Onion being the most popular.
Today 5 million bags of crisps are produced each day and the company now employes 1,500 people across various sites throughout the UK.
BRING BACK THE TASTE OF HOME
Order your Tayton Cheese & Onion Crisps now direct from
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For all those who refer to themselves or their ancesters as Ulster Scots, Scotch Irish, Scots Irish or Irish American.