The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) is encouraging shoppers to put Easter lamb at the top of their shopping list to help show their appreciation to Irish farmers.

“Sheep farmers have been working day and night to ensure families right around Ireland can sit down and savour the very best of what Irish farming has to offer over this holiday weekend,” ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara said.

“It is important to remember that we don’t have to look very far for the finest quality and healthiest options.

“Not only is our spring lamb bursting with flavour, but it is also packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. It is nutrient-rich, wholesome food at its very best.”

He said farmers had been working hard throughout the pandemic and it was important to buy local and support local farmers and businesses.