I was delighted to have been invited to share in the 50th anniversary celebrations at Ballyjamesduff mart last week. My uncle Philip has been very much a part of that mart during that time, so I spent many days there in my youth. It must be why I get nostalgic now whenever I visit a mart to record interviews. Happy memories!

I love the cacophony of noise unique to the mart environment. It is distinct and glorious. There is a real genuine business about the mart atmosphere that has never really changed in a rapidly evolving world. There is an earthiness which pertains where the whack of the auctioneer’s hammer is as authoritative and relevant today as it ever was in this highly technological age.