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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Future of stud farms in doubt as ex-jockey Walsh and owner Aga Khan oppose plans for quarry


Former jockey Ruby Walsh. Picture: Michael Chester
Former jockey Ruby Walsh. Picture: Michael Chester

Seán McCárthaigh

The future of several major stud farms in Co Kildare is under threat from the proposed development of a quarry near Kilcullen, according to leading figures in the horse racing industry.

Former jockey Ruby Walsh and racehorse owner Aga Khan are among over 200 locals who have become involved in a planning row over plans by Kilsaran Concrete to develop a quarry near their stables.

A representative of the Aga Khan warned that he might have to consider moving horses to stud farms in France if Kilsaran was allowed to proceed with its plans to extract three million tonnes of sand and gravel over a 12-year period from a 32-hectare site at Racefield, around 10km outside Kilcullen, Co Kildare.

The company, a leading manufacturer of concrete products based in Dunboyne, Co Meath, has submitted an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the recent decision of Kildare County Council to refuse planning permission for the development.

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Kilsaran said the proposed facility would provide vital material for the building industry and its plans were designed with consideration of national, regional and local planning policies and objectives.

A ruling in the case is due in early May.

Irish Independent

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