Neil Walsh has been appointed head of bloodstock sales at Tattersalls Ireland, the County Meath sale company announced Dec. 14.
Walsh will be in charge of organizing the company's sales while serving as client liaison, handling all sales day matters.
"Neil's lifelong interest in the bloodstock industry combined with the great experience he acquired during his time at Horse Racing Ireland and The Turf Club give him exactly the right qualifications to be head of bloodstock sales, " said Roger Casey, general manager of Tattersalls Ireland. "He has been with the company since 2008 and will, I know, continue to provide our clients with the expert and approachable service for which Tattersalls Ireland is renowned."
Walsh said he was delighted and honored by his new position.
"I am looking forward to developing and growing our sales in accordance with the values that George Mernagh has instilled in the bloodstock team and myself," he said, referring to the late Tattersalls Ireland manageing director who passed away July 22. "I look forward to engaging with all our clients in my new role. With 2013 just around the corner there is already an air of optimism in advance of our February sale and we are equally looking forward to Derby Sale inspections, which will commence early in the New Year."
Along with Walsh's promotion, Tattersalls Ireland announced the retirements of Michael Hillman and Martin Mitchell as directors. Hillman has been serving the company since the founding of its Ballsbridge Sale in 1975. Tattersalls Ltd. merged with the Ballsbridge International Sales Co. and later became Tattersall Ireland in 1985. Mitchell has been a board member for more than 20 years.
"They have both made significant contributions to Tattersalls Ireland and the wider bloodstock industry, and we wish them well for the future," Casey said.