Castlerea's mart boss takes a bow
Castlerea Mart is to lose its leading light when mart manager Noel Moran retires this year after 35 years at the helm.
Mr Moran took up the manager's role when the mart first opened for business in 1976, and has overseen major changes in the farmer-funded market in the past three decades.
"The mart started as a one-ring outfit, which was built by local farmers for £52,000," he said. "In the first year, we handled 21,000 cattle and 5,000 sheep."
With a turnover of £5.3m, the mart generated a profit of £19,000 in its first year.
This year, Castlerea Mart is on track to hit a throughput of 39,000 cattle, with an expected turnover close to €30m.
ICOS is now seeking a suitable replacement for Mr Moran and says potential candidates must be commercially focused.
Commercial awareness has been a feature of Mr Moran's stewardship since 1976, during which time the mart has made numerous commercial acquisitions and developments.
The first of these was the building of a dual-purpose lairage in 1979, to cater for increased numbers of sheep and cattle being sold through the mart.