History

roscommon mart

Roscommon Co-Operative Livestock Marts has held a central role in farming in County Roscommon for over 50 years and plays an important role in the social and economic life of both rural people and residents of Roscommon town.

Roscommon Mart was the first such mart to be set up in Connacht and was established as a result of the foresight of a group of individuals who came together in the late 1950s to put a stop to the situation where livestock were sold privately and give farmers an opportunity to have stock weighed publicly and sold at public auction.

At that time there was no Co-operative Mart in the West of Ireland and the few that were in the Country were located in the South mainly.

The mart was built at a cost of £23,000 and the opening sale was held on 10th July 1959

The Mart is farmer owned by approximately 450 shareholders, the vast majority of whom are farmers.

The mart has a tradition and a reputation for selling good quality cattle and sheep. It attracts buyers from across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Mart holds their cattle sales each Friday for Bullocks, Heifers & Dry Cows. Sheep sales are held each Wednesday for Lambs & Cast Ewes. Weanling Sales are held Tuesday evenings fortnightly in the spring and every Tuesday evening from September to December. Breeding Ewes sales are held on Saturdays from August to October. The Mart is regarding as the hub of the breeding sales and it attracts buyers from all over the country. The Mart also accommodates sales for Pedigree cattle and Sheep. The Mart also caters for organic Cattle & Sheep Sales.

The Manager/Secretary of the Mart is Maura Quigley.