This auctioneer remembers when the Purcells would come looking for hundreds of cattle
All regular buyers have their own way of conveying a bid to the auctioneer, according to veteran auctioneer George Candler.
They might give a nod, wink or a finger gesture. But the strangest one George ever encountered was the man who used to slip forward his lower set of false teeth.
"You have to be very observant," says George (pictured). "Each animal is only in the ring for 45-60 seconds. It's a small window to make a sale."
"And some sellers get confused about what's happening. A lot of them would only go to the mart once or twice a year. So they are dependent on you to look after them in getting a fair price."
Thus George's motto is, "look after the seller, as the buyer can look after himself".
Though George has recently received an award from the IFA in recognition of 45 years of service to Kilkenny Mart and to farmers, he has no intention of parking his gavel.
"I enjoy what I do and will continue to work as long as I have the health to do so."