FRESH from having the most lucrative sales week of his life, notably the £400,000 Doncaster Spring Sale top lot Minella Premier, John Nallen is not indulging in an endless round of parties, flying to Barbados or sunning himself on a yacht.

No, he is behind the reception desk at his family’s Hotel Minella in Clonmel on a midweek morning. It is not where many of us might be in similar circumstances but, for those who know him, it is not a surprise to see him there.