Headford Mart has this morning (Friday, August 27th) confirmed the cancellation of this evening’s weanling sale.
The Galway-based mart will not host the sale as a mark of respect for its former chairman, Christy O’Connor, who passed away in recent days.
The mart has confirmed that its weekly cattle and sheep sale will take place tomorrow (Saturday, August 28th, 2021).
In a statement on Thursday, August 26th, a spokesperson for Headford Co-operative Livestock Mart said:
“It is with great sadness we have learnt of the passing of our former chairman, Christy O’ Connor.”
“Christy retired from this position in 2017 after he dedicated many years, being an active member of our society.”
“Christy was a gentleman and a great people’s person. He was a great ambassador for Headford Mart, always encouraging our staff and praising them for their hard work and dedication. He will be sorely missed.”
“We offer our sincere condolences to his daughter, Frances and son, David and Christy’s extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis,” the spokesperson concluded.
Tributes have poured in for the late Christy O’Connor, with many describing him as a “true gentleman”.
One described him as “one of nature’s gentleman”, whilst another said he will be “fondly remembered for the lovely way he smiled and greeted people”.
In a note on RIP.ie, a spokesperson on behalf of Headford Mart committee and staff said:
“Sincere sympathies to David & Frances, together with the extended O’Connor and Reddington families on the passing of Christy. He was a founding member and chairman of Headford Mart for many years.”
“Christy knew everyone, and everyone enjoyed his company and pleasant personality. He was always a gentleman. May Christy rest in peace.”
Another said: “One of the old stock, Christy was a people’s person who worked hard for his family and enjoyed life to the full.”