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Sunday 20 October 2019

Auctioneer Dominic retires after 50 years

Maria Pepper

Veteran Wexford auctioneer Dominic Kiernan has officially retired from the business after half a century.

Veteran Wexford auctioneer Dominic Kiernan has officially retired from the business after half a century.

Dominic, a former Fianna Fáil councillor and mayor of the town, last week vacated his premises in the Ballast Office at Crescent Quay, which is to be transformed into a maritime museum.

'It is sad. I feel it's the end of an era but I'm glad the Ballast Office is being put to good use because it's a very historic building,' said the adopted Wexfordman who came to town 50 years ago from his native Dublin to join the auctioneering business started by his late uncle Kevin Morris, also a former councillor and mayor.

'I've seen a lot of changes down through the years. When I started in Wexford, there was a handful of auctioneering firms. 'Now there are more auctioneers in one firm than there were then in all of Wexford.'

Dominic feels it is difficult for young auctioneers starting out in business today. 'There is so much competition,' he said.

However, despite a decline in the property market, there is always a demand for decent properties, said Dominic.

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