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IPAV Novice Rostrum Auctioneer 2020 winner announced

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Michael Ryan has been awarded the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) Novice Rostrum Auctioneer 2020 with a prize of a week’s auction training in Texas, USA.

Mr Ryan, from Cashel, who consults with Dougan Fitzgerald in Clonmel, beat 11 competitors to win the competition on Friday 20 January. The event, organised by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers which tests novice auctioneers’ skills, knowledge, and presence on the rostrum.

Enthusiastic bidders, some of whom were given a brief to interject and challenge the novices, made offers on a converted church; a house with land, and a piece of art with guide prices ranging from €1,500 to €545,000.

The judging panel boasted an array of highly respected and experienced auctioneers, including Colm Farrell from Gort, Co. Galway, Alastair Pim of Tattersalls and this year's guest judge, well-known TV auctioneer, Colm O'Donnellan.

The competition, in its second year, was held at Tattersalls in Co Meath and involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate probable occurrences in the saleroom and to test the competitor. Budding auctioneers were whittled down to three finalists who carried out a final auction for charity at a Gala Dinner later that evening, where the winner was announced.

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The enthusiasm and professionalism that accompanied the performance of all participants was hugely evident in a competition that entertained and educated at all levels.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark

Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year

Propertymark's own  Auctioneer of the year competition will take place again in 2020. David Henwood was crowned our 2019 champion after a fiercely fought competition. He is currently working as an Auction Valuer for Clive Emson Auctioneers out of their West Country office and is passionate about helping clients achieve the best possible result for their property.

Auctioneer of the Year