Connemara Hill Lamb has been registered by Ireland as a Protected Geographic Indication in the European Union.

Officials in Brussels announced that the fish agriculture department's PGI claim had been approved last week after more than two years of consultation.

Lamb bearing the name now has to be bred, born and reared in the Connemara region of Galway in western Ireland.

According to the terms of the PGI application, the lambs must be light in bodyweight and bone and the carcase must be lean with a light fat cover and rose red in colour. It must also have a solid deep texture.