Blessington Mart has cancelled tomorrow’s (Thursday, July 15th) cattle sale.
Management issued a statement concerning the closure yesterday (Tuesday, July 13th).
Blessington Mart closure
A spokesperson said: “The mart is closed on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 due to the passing of Mrs Brigid Doyle, wife of the late Mr Edward Doyle Snr and mother of Mr Paul Doyle.”
“We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.”
JP&M Doyle Limited own and run Blessington Mart, established by the Doyle family from Donard, Co Wicklow in 1952.
The mart hosts sheep and cattle sales weekly throughout the year, attracting buyers and sellers from every county in Ireland.
Blessington Mart is at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. It is renowned for its breeding sheep sales. The mart boasts a fully covered sales yard, and all sales are run efficiently and professionally.
“Serving the local and wider farming community since the early 1950s, JP&M Doyle pride themselves in quality customer service,” its website states.
Knowing their customers is their business, they aim to continue to serve the farming community in a “focused and professional” manner.
John Doyle’s retirement
In a post on social media, the mart, said: “A moment in history when John Doyle, Kilbaylet, took his last walk down the yard.”
“After 46 years of dedicated service to JP&M Doyle, we would like to wish John every good wish in his retirement.”
“John, thanks for all the help and kindness. A true gentleman. Good health to you in the future.” one user wrote.
“The place won’t be the same without you, John. Best of luck and enjoy your retirement.” another said.
“Enjoy your retirement, John. You were always there to give a hand – a true gent, you will be missed”, while another said: “The place won’t be the same without him.”