Irish butchers crowned

Two Irish butcher brothers have been crowned Craftbutcher Supreme Champions for the third time since 2001.

Ernan McGettigan of Michael McGettigan and Sons, Donegal, was "over the moon" when he received the trophy at the Associated Craft Butchers (ACBI) stand at the 'Taste of Dublin' event on Sunday 17 June.

"It was a fabulous occasion to come back and win for the third time," he said, "it's a great achievement for the company."

Ernan and his brother Diarmuid, previously champions 2001 and 2004, won the competition this year with their Pork, Rhubarb and Ginger sausage.

The winning sausage was the talk of the 'Taste of Dublin' show and several restaurants expressed an interest on putting it on their menus.

"We were approached by the general manager of the Gary Rhodes chain," said Ernan

"He loved the taste so took it away for the head chef to try."

ACBI chief executive Pat Brady was full of praise for the winner. He said:

"For once, the somewhat overused word 'quality' seems inadequate to describe excellence on this scale.

"To come through from about two hundred entries and achieve a third Supreme Championship is unlikely to equalled for some time."

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