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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Charity auction at Ballymote Mart in memory of farm accident victim raises over €45,500

Family and friends of the late Mark Hargadon have handed over €45,576 in proceeds to North-West Hospice following a special charity auction at Aurivo Ballymote Mart, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

Hargadon, from Corrigeenmore, Ballymote, passed away at Sligo University Hospital in September 2021 following a tragic incident involving a tractor and trailer on his farm.

He worked in Aurivo’s Homeland store in Ballymote and was a “well-known and well-respected” figure within his local community.

Family and friends organised a charity auction in his memory to raise funds for North West Hospice, Sligo and presented a memorial cup following the general cattle sale.

North West Hospice provides palliative care services for people with life-limiting illnesses in their homes, nursing homes, hospitals and its hospice.

Some of the items that went under the hammer of resident livestock auctioneers, Pat Burke and Gerry Campbell, included an Angus heifer, sheep, AI straws, hampers, vouchers and silage bales, as reported by That’s Farming in this news article.

Following the auction in December 2022, family and friends presented a cheque to representatives from North-West Hospice.

Charity auction

A spokesperson, on behalf of organisers, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Mark’s family and Paula Cooney from North West Hospice to McDermotts, Castlebaldwin, for the presentation of the proceeds of the Christmas Charity Auction in Memory of Mark.”

“Thank you to McDermotts for hosting the event and providing food and entertainment on the night. As a result of your generous support, we are delighted to announce that an amazing €45,576 was raised.”

“As a committee, we would like to thank Aurivo and the management and staff of Aurivo Livestock Mart Ballymote for hosting and facilitating the Auction. Without their help and support, the event would not have been possible.”

“Our sincere thanks also to Peter O’Dowd Memorials, Bunninadden, for the sponsorship and installation of a memorial plaque to Mark in Aurivo’s Homeland Store, Ballymote, where Mark worked so happily for 20 years.”

“We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to each and every single person and business who supported our auction in Mark’s memory.”

“The way in which our community supported and embraced our wish to honour Mark by holding this event is a testament to our community. It was a huge success and a reflection of how much we all thought of Mark and how much we valued him.”

“Once again, thank you all. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” the spokesperson concluded.

Previous news article on That’s Farming:

‘Take an extra bit of time’ – sister of farm accident victim addresses crowds in mart

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