The Bus Eireann depot in Cavan is located on the site of the old Horse Fair in Cavan Town. Selling horses has been a huge part of Irish country life for over 3,000 years, since the times of monastic settlements. The horse fair was one of several markets in Cavan town and in the early to mid-1900’s, horses were also stabled across the road from the market behind what is now McGinnity’s pub, while their owners went about their business in town. With the advent of trains and cars, the need for horses for personal transport diminished but the tradition of selling horses is alive and strong.
Cavan, thanks to the Clarke Family who run the Cavan Equestrian Centre at Latt, just outside Cavan town, is carrying on this rich Irish tradition. Cavan’s Horse Marketing Centre hosts approx 25 sales per year from performance bred foals up to showjumpers plus registered Irish Draught and Registered Connemara Pony sales and it is the leading International Performance Sales complex for horses and ponies in Ireland.