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With over half a century of family history tied up in Carnew Mart Auctioneer David Quinn is no stranger to the local sales hub that can see up to thousands of cattle and sheep go under the hammer every single week.
David is the third generation of the Quinn family to take the helm of Carnew Mart having taken over from his father Arthur Quinn Jr in the mid 90s.
'We took over at that time and now with the help of my wife Eilish and our children along with up to 20 employees we run sheep sales on Thursdays and cattle sales on Saturdays. My father took over in the 70s from my grandfather, also Arthur who established the Carnew Mart back in the 50s.'
The mart started off in the centre of Carnew on the Main Street until Arthur Snr decided to set up a new premises at the mart's current location on the outskirts of the village. By 1965 it was open and ready for business and hasn't stopped since.
'We did a full refurbishment in 2012 and put in a new ring and offices which are serving us well. It is very much a family business and my children come along on the weekends and in the holidays to lend a hand. I was much young myself when I started, probably about 10 years of age so it's in the blood and I know the industry upside down and inside out.'
With buyers coming from the 32 counties every week and sellers from across Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kildare David knows a large portion of the farming community across the region which he says helps him with the property and land sales side of the business.
'The two sides of the business go hand in hand and it's just a case of jumping into the shower after the mart and heading off again. The land sales and marts go hand in hand and while we have had a difficult few years with the property side of things the mart was good and steady in comparison. I am dealing with third generations of families just like myself which is very rewarding.'
While David is confident that the future of Carnew Mart is bright he outlines that this year's fodder crisis has had an impact on the price of small light calves.
'This spring has been a big challenge due to the shortage of feed and prices have been affected but there are always challenges in every industry that must be faced.'