Tullow celebrates 60 years
The foresight of the three founding 'fathers' in setting up the privately-owned Tullow Livestock Mart will be recalled next month when it celebrates six decades of continuous trading.
The mart opened for business on Friday, February 10, 1956 - a pivotal year in the transition from street fairs to livestock marts.
Patrick Dawson, Eddie O'Bryne and Stan Brophy, now all deceased, were the driving force behind what is now one of the country's longest running privately-owned marts.
Today, Tullow Mart is in the the capable ownership of Patrick Dawson, Eamon and Kyran O'Byrne and John Brophy, sons of the founders.
In the intervening years, there have been three mart managers - Pat O'Farrell, John Murphy and the current manager Eric Driver.
Ten part time, and three full time staff are employed to run the regular sheep sales each Tuesday and cattle sales on Fridays, as well as seasonal weanling sales on Saturdays in the autumn each year.
The mart has built up a strong working relationship with many different breed societies and hosts sales on their behalf annually.
Another development was the establishment of the Tullow Sheep Breeders Association who have held their sales at the venue for over 30 years.