Our long & successful history with Waterford.
The Early Years
The Palmer Family has had a long and proud association with Waterford with records showing the family in the city as far back as the mid 17th century. In the 1840s Henry Palmer was made a hereditary freeman of the City.
The Auctioneering firm was established by John D Palmer in 1923 with offices at Catherine Street. An important part of the early business were livestock sales and these were initially held at Dobby’s Yard off Parnell Street, currently part of the grounds of The Waterford Central Technical Institute. In later years the livestock sales were in Powers Yard off Beau Street, the cattle mart in Ballybricken and lastly the Waterford Mart at Killotteran. The Palmer Bull sale existed for many years from the 1920s until the final sale was held in 1983.
The current principle Donald Palmer took over the running of the firm from his father, Harry Palmer, in 1968 and worked for many years with his brother John Palmer, who later ran a successful auctioneering business in Tramore, Co. Waterford until his retirement in 2002. Another brother, Robin Palmer, was a founding member of the Palmer McCormack estate agency practice in Dublin and presently works as a property consultant for a Dublin based estate agency.
While Donald remains the principle of the business, the forth generation of Palmer Auctioneers is represented by his sons Warren and Keith Palmer who joined the firm in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Both Warren and Keith have extensive experience in residential sales in Waterford city and its environs with a particular emphasis on second hand residential.
Dons’ youngest son, Guy, joined the company in 2015 after 15 years experience working with the largest and most established names in the property industry in both Dublin and London, including Hooke & MacDonald, Ballymore Properties and Barrett London. During his time with these firms Guys primary role was dealing with large portfolio commercial and residential blocks for sale and to let.