THE new Dublin-Waterford motorway is already paying dividends for Kilkenny. It has been credited with helping to boost sales at Kilkenny Mart in Cillin Hill. Since it opened in September of last year, there has been a steady, growing increase in the number of farmers bringing cattle to the new sales complex. On Thursday, almost E1 million euro was spent by buyers in Kilkenny where ace auctioneer George Candler waved his magic gavel.
With two auctioneers going full-time, the mart started at 10.30am and finished at 4,30pm and meant that a lot per minute was sold in the rings, a record for Kilkenny.
“It was phenomenal and augers well for the future and shows what can be done when you have world class facilities on your door step linked to s good road network,” Mr Candler said.
They do say that blondes are pricier and this was also true in Kilkenny when a Blonde d’Aquitaine breed culled cow made E1,540. She weighed and impressive 875kg.
The real change in the fortunes of Cillin Hill when more and more farmers from Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare, and other areas linked to the new motorway saw the economic value of going the extra miles for profit and coming to Cillin Hill. In another upward trend, cows with calves peaked at E1,640 per unit on Thursday with an in-calf pedigree Limousin cow selling for E1,742.
And more and more units are opening up at the Cillin hill complex with FBD Insurances due to open their own new building complex shortly following in the footsteps of the successful move of FISH (Farm and Industrial Supplies). It has also been attracting more and more agri-related conferences like the recent national beef conference run by Teagasc and upcoming Emerald Expo.
The Hub venue has also been motoring along with the recent visit of Jedward and the return of Keith Barry at the end of this month.
There is a a full schedule of events planned for the entire year from the national sheep shearing and wool festival the annual Kilkenny Dog Show.
Maeve Butler of the Hub said she is delighted with the way things are progressing and said that is proving a major fillip to Kilkenny and that the future looks very right.She pointed out that everybody wins when these events come to Cillin Hill, accommodation providers, restaurants, retailers and event suppliers.