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Martin Coughlan: 'Gone for now is the familiar buzz and camaraderie of the marts'

Clinical and efficient sales are the order of the day as marts emerge from the lockdown

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Not the same: Kilkenny Mart on its reopening, with social distancing measures in place. Photo: Roger Jones

Not the same: Kilkenny Mart on its reopening, with social distancing measures in place. Photo: Roger Jones

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Not the same: Kilkenny Mart on its reopening, with social distancing measures in place. Photo: Roger Jones

Looking up from the paperwork presented to her by the farmer two places in front of me in the queue, the women behind the counter at Kilkenny Mart rises and spreads her arms wide indicating distance.

"Stop, you're all too close. Go back the two metres and stay there!"

I and three others shuffled backwards separating further as we did so.