Limerick butchers meet Michael D. Higgins

Craft Butchers Team meeting the President of Ireland. Picture: Chris Bellew

President Michael D. Higgins met with the top butchers representing Ireland at this year’s World Butchers’ Challenge including local butcher’s and Team Ireland captain Garrett Landers and Stephen Cooke of Garrett’s Butchers in Limerick.

Headed up by CEO of Butchery Excellence International and Team Ireland Manager, Rhonda Montgomery from Ballygawley, Team Ireland were welcomed to a Presidential reception with over 50 delegates – including Team Ireland sponsors Kerry Group, McDonnells Queen Street and Spice O’Life Ltd – to meet with President Higgins.

Rhonda Montgomery comments: “It was a great honour to travel with Team Ireland to Áras an Uachtaráin and met with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.  What anincredible opportunity for the whole team to step back from the months of preparation and training, and to receive formal acknowledgement ahead of representing their country at the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018.

“The competition taking place at [email protected] will allow our butchers to demonstrate their extraordinary skills and knowledge, and indeed for Northern Ireland and Ireland, to showcase the quality of our produce on a World Stage. The competition will be tough with the international teams eager to showcase their own skills, but I am very confident in Team Ireland, as individually, each butcher brings a new skill to the table.”

The World Butchers’ Challenge 2018 which will take place during [email protected] an adjoining event to IFEX, one of Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality eventsis set to be the biggest yet, with Team Ireland competing against squads from 11 other countries in the hopes of being named ‘Best Butchers in the World’.

Visited by thousands of people from the foodservice and hospitality sectors, the show will be expanding its visitor base, with the World Butchers’ Challenge expected to attract over 250 butchers from around the globe.

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[email protected] 2018 is taking place from 20th – 22nd March at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Running alongside IFEX, next year’s show is set to be THE Industry event for 2018.   If you’d like to attend, simply register for your ticket at

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