From selling turkeys and building RAF planes to selling tractors
The story behind Kelly's of Borris
This week well-known Irish machinery dealers, Kelly's of Borris celebrated 60 years in business.
Maurice Kelly, grand father to Maurice and Terry Kelly established a business going from farm to farm, buying and selling turkeys, eggs and chickens and general farm produce for the Dublin markets.
This week, the company that grew out of that small business, Kelly's of Borris, celebrated 60 years in operation.
The current business was established in 1957 by the late Terry Kelly Senior, when he started out assembling planes in RAF, before returning to Ireland.
Once home, Kelly set about working as an agricultural contractor in the early 1950s and built the business up while also farming with is brother Paddy.
His father was still buying and selling, now agricultural machinery and by the 1960s he was importing second hand steel and machinery from the UK.
That business, in Borris, Carlow, was taken over by Maurice and Terry in the late 1970s and they continued to import machinery from the UK, with up to 300 used tractors being sold through the business annually.
While they lost their successful Fiatagri franchise, Kelly's brought in the Valmet tractor range and acquired the CLaas machinery franchise.