Ireland rugby team beefing up ahead of Rugby World Cup with Hannan Meats

Ulster's Rory Best chooses his beef with advice from Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats in Moira

Ulster's Rory Best chooses his beef with advice from Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats in Moira

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Ireland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup later this month in England and Wales enjoyed a beefy banquet of award winning meat as their preparations reached the final stages.

The squad toned up with a meat feast supplied by Hannan’s Meats in Moira cooked by Irish celebrity chef Richard Corrigan at their headquarters at Carton Hotel, near Maynooth in Co Kildare.

Ireland captain Paul McConnell choosing his banquet beef with Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats, Moira

Ireland captain Paul McConnell choosing his banquet beef with Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats, Moira

The beef menu featured Hannan’s multi-award winning Cote de Boeuf, sirloin steaks on the bone, the recently launched sugar pit beef short ribs, cured ox tongue, beef cheek and marrow bone.

Helping with the banquet preparations was rugby fan Peter Hannan, managing director of Hannan Meats.

Mr Hannan said: “We were delighted to supply our high protein beef for the squad as the members gear up for the rigorous physical challenges of the Rugby World Cup. I’ll be watching their games closely. It’s given us a stake in their success.”

Hannan Meats is a leading supplier of premium quality beef and bacon to high-end hotels, restaurants and other foodservice outlets in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The company employs around 40 people at its processing plant in Moira, Co Down and has won a string of awards for its products including UK Great Taste Awards.

It was Great Taste Supreme Champion in 2012 and had 15 products listed in the Top 50 UK Foods in 2014. The company sells beef and bacon throughout Ireland, to high-end restaurants and Fortnum and Mason in Britain, as well as restaurants in Paris and Portugal.