The Tutty family in Naas, known throughout Ireland as shoemakers, have received the annual Heritage Cup, presented by the Naas Local History Group.
Tutty’s was established by George Tutty in 1946 at Poplar Square, and the business has been carried on by the family.
History group chairperson James Durney said the Tutty name is synonymous with the traditional craft of shoemaking and “holds pride of place in the hearts and souls of the people of the town.” The Tutty handmade shoes family business was featured in the original “Hands” series on RTE television back in 1979 and again in the recent “In Good Hands” series. Among the advertising slogans used by the company and penned by the late Christy Bolger from Sallins were “Walk the Tutty Way”, “Upon my Sole it’s Tutty’s”. The presentation evening, at the community library, featured a big screen of the original television documentary. Historian Stan Hickey nominated Tutty’s for the award and brought along some cobblers memorabilia including a last and a waxing iron. George and Eddie Tutty accepted the Heritage and a scroll from NLHG president Paddy Behan and said he and his family were honoured to be considered for the award, which would have given his late father such pride. teh family came to Naas in 1946.