Kilcullen Diary: April 2022


The price of road-trained horses has ‘exploded’ in recent weeks, according to data monitored by the Consumers’ Association of Ireland, writing Brian Byrne. The underlying reason is the cost of fuel and energy, which has skyrocketed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Motorists who have been hit hard by petrol prices are very concerned about the future availability of fuel for their cars, a spokesperson for the Society of the Irish Motor Industry confirmed at Kilcullen’s Diary this morning. “For a while they scrambled to buy electric cars, which became very rare,” they said. “But when they realized that rapidly rising electricity costs would force them to choose between charging their cars and running their washing machines, that interest waned.”

Headlines that An Taoiseach expressed concern over future fuel supplies earlier this week prompted a shift in direction towards horses as an alternative – despite Mr Martin’s claims that his comments were taken out of context and have even been reported inaccurately. “That’s not what I said,” he repeatedly told Claire Byrne on Radio One yesterday. Ms Byrne was clearly unconvinced, which may have also increased the level of paranoia.

Early adopters of the new power solutions for their cars turned to the sulky racing fraternity, which quickly increased their asking prices at a rate much higher than even the door-to-door sales market.

“We only have a limited number of horses trained for the road, so we need to make as much profit as possible while everything is going well,” an owner-rider said on condition of anonymity as they were not. allowed to speak to the press.

Animal shelters specializing in rescuing and retiring horses are also bracing for a surge of potential buyers, while racing stables across the country are tightening security at their premises over fears of an increase in thefts of their horses. horses by “tiger gangs”.

The transport minister cautiously welcomed this move towards 18th century transport, suggesting it would be much more sustainable than fossil fuels and help reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

“We may have to consider changing the traffic laws,” warned Eamon Ryan. “For example, at the moment we don’t allow horses on the highways, so we should legislate for that.” He also predicted better employment opportunities in the necessary additional cleaning of roads due to the increased use of horses. “There will be a double benefit, actually…collecting horse shit will also go a long way to alleviating the fertilizer shortage.”

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