The iconic Canning Hurleys in Portumna has announced that it is closing down after 11 years due to supply chain problems.
Run by the Canning family, who include Galway’s legendary hurling stars Oliver and Joe Canning, the business thanked all of their staff and customers, and said that this was an extremely difficult decision to make.
The business said that there has been great difficulty in securing quality ash planks, and having them delivered, due to supply chain issues.
“As you know, quality is at the core of every Canning Hurley we produce,” the closure announcement said.
“We cannot compromise the quality of our products to continue to meet demand with the current ash supply issues potentially due to worsen in the future.”
“We also do not wish to pass on any compromised quality issues to you our customers as we value the positive relationships that we have built with all Canning Hurley customers over the past 11 years.”
Due to the “ongoing and persistent” ash dieback disease affecting their supply, they said that they are no longer able to produce the same great quality hurleys.
They thanked customers for their support through the years, which has brought “great joy” to see their hurleys on pitches at every level.
“It gave our staff and family great joy to see our Canning Hurleys being used from underage blitzes throughout the country right up to Senior All-Irland Hurling Final day in Croke Park.”
“It was our pleasure as a family to produce quality hand-made Hurley’s for the hurling and camogie communities across Ireland and further afield.”
The final day of business for the iconic hurley store will be at the end of the month on Thursday, March 31.