Beef farmer Paddy Hallissey has appealed to the public for any information after his cattle trailer was stolen from the Curragh racecourse on Friday evening, 22 December.

The 10ft x 5ft 10in Ifor William trailer has sales stickers on it from M O’Toole Trailers, Athlone, and the registration plate 01 D 39955 on the rear.

The electrical box for the lights underneath the trailer was damaged and wrapped with red insulation tape.

The box was stolen between 4pm and 7.30pm on Friday.

Spooked bull

Hallissey was a long way from home when the trailer was stolen amid unusual circumstances.

The Blarney, Co Cork, man bought a Hereford bull from a farmer up the country and arranged to meet the seller at the Curragh.

When the bull was being moved into Hallissey’s trailer, the bull got loose.

“When we were swapping him between trailers, he got spooked for some reason and broke loose over the gates,” Hallissey told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“We spent nearly four hours trying to round him up on the Curragh and no joy,” he explained. It was during this time, from 4pm to 7.30pm, that the trailer was stolen.

Thankfully, the bull was located early on Saturday morning and safely sent on to his new home in Co Cork.

However Hallissey remains at the loss of his trailer, worth an estimated €3,000.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kildare town Garda station on (045) 527730.

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