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Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats reigns ‘Supreme’ in the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish

23rd March, 2015

Oh what a night! A clean sweep in the Steaks Over 15 Employees Category picking up all three awards and then to cap it all named Supreme Champion – that’s the record-breaking result achieved by Roscommon-based Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats in the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish, and at the first time of asking.

Proprietor, Padraic Gilligan was absolutely delighted with this outstanding result and rightly so. It sets a new benchmark in the annual competition which is now into its fifth year.

The award for best Fillet Steak in the Under 15 Employees Category went to Glebe Wagyu from Eglinton with Ballymoran Meats, Armagh coming out top in the Sirloin category and Millar Meats from Irvinestown winning the Rib-eye class in this category.

Clogher Valley Meats came first in the Over 15 Employees Traditional Beef Sausage Category while K & G McAtamney from Ballymena won Best Gourmet Beef Sausage. O’Kane Meats of Claudy lifted the title for Best Beefburger while Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane took the top spot in the newly introduced Added Value Beef Product class in this category.

In the Under 15 Employees Category Sloan Meats from Ballymoney won the Best Traditional Beef Sausage class with R & J Family Butchers from Carrickfergus collecting the top award in the Gourmet Beef Sausage class. Abbotts Meats from Belfast took the top prize in the Beefburger class with H & J Carnduff from Newtownards finishing in top spot in the Added Value Beef Product class.

 The overall Champion Beef Sausage title in the Traditional Beef Sausage class went to Clogher Valley Meats while R & J Family Butchers took the honours in the Gourmet Beef Sausage class. Meanwhile, Belfast-based Abbotts Meats took the Champion Beefburger title while H & J Carnduff from Newtownards was named Added Value Beef Product Champion.
Also in the Added Value Beef Product category Gallagher’s Quality Meat Centre in Castlefin was presented with an Outstanding Presentation Award.

Commenting on the 2015 Awards, European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin said: “Once again, the standard of entries in all categories was extremely high and we were delighted with the response to the competition.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for entering and also to say a special thank-you to our guest judge this year, chef and food writer, Paula McIntyre, Des Brady and his team at CAFRE and to our sponsors, Devenish.
“I would also like to thank the members of Collone Young Farmers Club and the Women’s Institute who assisted in the judging of the beef sausages, gourmet beef sausages, beefburgers and the added value beef products.”

“It has been another tremendous year,” added Simon Caughey, Marketing Manager at Devenish Nutrition. “We are absolutely delighted to have played our part in the staging of this prestigious competition and would like to congratulate all the winners in the various categories – it’s a tremendous achievement.”

 At the Awards evening, which was held at the Bannville House Hotel just outside Banbridge, an auction and raffle was also held in aid of the European Angus Cattle Society’s chosen charity, ‘the Make a Wish Foundation’.

2015 AWARD WINNERS

Supreme Champion Steak: Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon.

Over 15 Employees Category:
Best Fillet: Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon.
Best Sirloin: Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon.
Best Rib-eye: Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon.

Under 15 Employees Category:
Best Fillet: Glebe Wagyu, Eglinton
Best Sirloin: Ballymoran Meats, Armagh.
Best Rib-eye: Millar Meats, Irvinestown.

Overall Champion Beef Sausage: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher.
Overall Champion Gourmet Beef Sausage: R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus.
Overall Champion Beefburger: Abbotts Meats, Belfast.
Overall Champion Added Value Beef Product: H & J Carnduff, Newtownards.

Over 15 Employees Category:
Best Beef Sausage: Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher.
Best Gourmet Beef Sausage: K & G McAtamney, Ballymena.
Best Beefburger: O’Kane Meats, Claudy.
Best Added Value Beef Product: Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane.

Under 15 Employees Category:
Best Beef Sausage: Sloan Meats, Ballymoney.
Best Gourmet Beef Sausage: R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus.
Best Beefburger: Abbotts Meats, Belfast.
Best Added Value Beef Product: H & J Carnduff, Newtownards.

Outstanding Presentation Award in the Added Value Beef Product Category:
Brendan Gallagher, Gallagher’s Quality Meat Centre, Castlefin, County Donegal.

Supreme Champion: Padraic Gilligan of Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Roscommon (third from left) picked up the Supreme Champion title at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish. Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats also won best Fillet steak, best Sirloin steak and best Rib-eye steak in the Over 15 Employees Category of the Steak Tasting Competition. Pictured with Padraic are, from left, Harry McGaffin, secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society, Paula McIntyre, head judge and Simon Caughey of sponsors, Devenish.

Award winners and officials pictured at the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish Gala Awards evening which was held at the Bannville House Hotel, Banbridge.

Head judge, Paula McIntyre, (centre) with Katherine Hughes of Ballymoran Meats, Armagh who came first in the Under 15 Employees Sirloin Steaks category and Robert George of Abbotts Meats who finished runners-up. Third place went to Glebe Wagyu, Eglinton.

Best Fillet Steak in the Over 15 Employees category was won by Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats. Pictured from left are, Padraic Gilligan of Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, head judge, Paula McIntyre, Kieran Meehan of Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher who came second and Seamus Gallagher of Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane who came third.

Paula McIntyre, head judge, with from left, Stephen Millar of Millar Meats, Irvinestown, winner of the best Rib-eye steak in the Under 15 Employees Category, Brendan Gallagher of Gallagher’s Quality Meats Centre, Castlefin, County Donegal who finished second and Keith Dougan from Ballymoran Meats, Armagh, third.

Best Rib-eye steak in the Over 15 Employees Category was won by Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats. Pictured from left are, Padraic Gilligan of Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Kieran Meehan of Clogher Valley Meats who came second and Kieran McAtamney of K & G McAtamney who finished third.

All smiles: Head judge, Paula McIntyre pictured with Paul Sloan (left) of Sloan Meats, Ballymoney, winner of the best traditional beef sausage in the Under 15 Employees Category and Jordan Neill of R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus who came second. Greenmount Farm Shop, Richhill came third.

Clogher Valley Meats won best traditional beef sausage in the Over 15 Employees Category. Pictured from left are, Marc Tierney of Clogher Valley Meats, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Kieran McAtamney of K & G McAtamney, Ballymena who came second and Michael O’Kane of O’Kane Meats, Claudy, third.

R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus won best Gourmet Beef Sausage in the Under 15 Employees Category. Pictured from left are, Jordan Neill of R & J Family Butchers, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Stephen Millar of Millar Meats, Irvinestown who came second and Daniel Lowe of Lowe Brothers, Stewartstown who came third.

K & G McAtamney from Ballymena won Best Gourmet Sausage in the Over 15 Employees Category. Pictured from left are, Kieran McAtamney, K & G McAtamney, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Marc Tierney of Clogher Valley Meats who came second and Michael O’Kane from O’Kane Meats, Claudy, third.

Belfast-based Abbotts Meats won best beefburger in the Under 15 Employees Category. Pictured from left are, Robert George from Abbotts Meats, Belfast, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Keith Dougan, Ballymoran Meats, Armagh, second and
Stephen Millar, Millar Meats, Irvinestown, third.

Head judge, Paula McIntyre with Rory O’Kane, (left) of O’Kane Meats, Claudy who came first in the Over 15 Employees Beefburger Category and Marc Tierney of Clogher Valley Meats who came third. Gourmet Island of Newry finished in second place.

H & J Carnduff, Newtownards finished in first and third place in the Under 15 Employees category of the Added Value Beef Product class. John Carnduff of H & J Carnduff is pictured with head judge, Paula McIntyre. MA Quail of Dromore finished in second place.

Gallagher’s Butchers, Strabane won the Over 15 Employees category of the newly introduced Added Value Beef Product class. Pictured from left are, Seamus Gallagher of Gallagher’s Butchers, Paula McIntyre, head judge, Kieran McAtamney of K & G McAtamney, Ballymena who came second and Fred O’Kane, O’Kane Meats, Claudy, third.

We are the champions: Head judge, Paula McIntyre with, from left, Robert George, Abbotts Meats, Belfast, Beefburger Champion; Jordan Neill, R & J Family Butchers, Carrickfergus, Gourmet Beef Sausage Champion; Marc Tierney, Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher, Traditional Beef Sausage Champion and John Carnduff, Added Value Beef Product Champion.

 



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