(Edited press release)
Tattersalls Ireland has announced the appointment of George Mernagh as managing director, effective July 1. Mernagh replaces Liam Dunne, who will retire at the end of next year.
Mernagh, 52, joined the company in 1989 as bloodstock manager following a successful career as a National Hunt jockey and was appointed to the Tattersalls Ireland Board in 1999.
A native of Wexford, Mernagh had a riding career which included spells with V.R. Bishop, Tommy Brennan, and Ned Cash, and culminated as stable jockey to John Webber in Oxfordshire from 1986 to 1989. Mernagh's notable riding successes include winning the Midlands Grand National on Knock Hill, the Peterborough Chase on Townley Stone, and the Tattersalls Mares Only Novice's Chase Final on Auntie Dot at Aintree.
In addition to his role at Tattersalls Ireland, Mernagh is a member of the National Hunt Committee and is an acting steward. He is also on the Hunter Judge Panel in England and has judged in the United States and Europe.
"Tattersalls Ireland is fortunate to have such a well-known and well-qualified person as George to lead the company into the future," said Tattersalls Ireland chairman Edmond Mahony. "George is hugely respected throughout the industry and brings with him a wealth of experience. As a director, he has already played a major part in enhancing Tattersalls Ireland and also in developing the profile of our flat sales. We are delighted that he has taken on the role of managing director."
Mernagh added: "I am pleased and honored to accept the position as managing director heading up a very hard working and successful team at Tattersalls Ireland. On the bloodstock side, the company has enjoyed significant expansion in recent years with sales turnover in excess of 60 million (pounds) in 2006, while on the eventing side our three-day event has grown into a firm fixture on the international calendar. I am looking forward to continuing the development and success of all areas of the company over the coming years."