The Irish BBQ Association
The Wild Geese was formed in 1999 by founder member Patrick J. O’Sullivan and competed on an international level from the start. Their first major success of the Wild Geese was in Lynchburg, Tennessee where they won first place. They travelled around Europe to Germany & Switzerland in 2002. Competing against hundreds of teams where they came in the top 3 in both the Germany & Switzerland Championships.
Once again they were invited to the States to take part in the invitation only competition that is the Jack Daniels Celebrity World BBQ 2003 in Lynchberg. This elite competition involves the worlds best BBQ Chefs and culinary experts in some 350 teams, and Ireland had the repeat honour of walking away with the first prize.
The following year down to their success in Lynchberg they we invited as honorary guests to be a part of the next Stateside competition – Memphis in May 2004. Such was the impressive talents of the team, the event was dedicated to an Irish theme, with over 300 teams replicating Irish culture and cuisine.
Down to the success of the Wild Geese on an International scale the members decided to set up their own Irish BBQ Association in 2002 to promote the sport of BBQing and subsequently brought Ireland it’s first BBQ Championship, the World BBQ Cook-Off, River Feast, in Limerick May 2003. This event continued until 2008 attracting teams from all over the world to take part.
The members, all Limerick based business men and entrepreneurs, include Patrick J. O’Sullivan the founding member who had been judging international BBQ championships all over the world including Memphis, Louisiana, Texas. Pat, who is also the founder and president of the Irish Polish Association, plays a huge part in the unity and social integration between Poland and Ireland – and has also been honoured by the President of Poland. He was the driving force behind the ethnic pages that are printed weekly in the Limerick Leader, making this the only newspaper that prints ‘Ethnic Pages’ in various languages, including Polish, Spanish, Chinese, Slovak to name but a few.
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