Iconic Irish Brand

In 1882, Paterson & Co Ltd was registered as a limited company to take over a match manufacturing business in Belfast. As the company evolved the entire production capability moved to Dublin in 1905. Production continued in Dublin up until 1989 with the factory producing six billion matches a year. In 1993, Maguire and Paterson launched the first environmentally friendly sulphur-free match. The wood is sourced from sustainable Aspen poplar forests and match boxes are made from 100% recycled paper.


Maguire & Paterson is an Irish brand, steeped in local heritage. It celebrates its roots and actively promotes historic Irish landmarks such as Four Courts and Dunluce Castle on its packaging.

Safety & Quality

From a quality perspective the strength of the splint is critical.

To ensure our splints hold we use the highest quality raw materials available. Swedish Aspen is used exclusively in splint production due to its proven outstandingly strong white fibres. These matches are more resistant to breakage.

Matchtek requirements for striking and ignition performance go far beyond those specified in EN 1783 1997. The new ‘hard strikes’ test method is more customer-oriented with matches being struck at a higher pressure than in EN 1793 1997.

Explore the range


Cara, the number one match brand in Ireland, is regarded as a 'smoking match'.

Bo Peep

Traditionally regarded as a ‘smoking match’, Bo Peep is sold within the Northern Ireland market.

Extra Long

Longer and safer for lighting gas stoves, cookers, BBQs and gas fires.


Strong safety matches for use in domestic fires and when lighting candles.

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