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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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10 novice auctioneers set to take to Tattersalls’ ‘world-renowned’ rostrum

Ten contestants have been shortlisted for this year’s IPAV’s Young Professional Network Novice Rostrum Auctioneer Competition 2023, which is set to take place in Tattersalls, Ireland, next month.

In January 2023, organisers launched their search for their fourth annual competition, which will see the winning candidate undertake a week’s rostrum training at America’s internationally renowned Texas Auction Academy in Dallas and lift the Ronald Duff Memorial Rose Bowl.

The competition involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate probable occurrences in the salesroom and to test the competitor’s skill, knowledge, and presence on the rostrum.

The finalists will each carry out an auction for the organiser’s chosen charity, The Friends of St Luke’s Dublin.

This year’s contestants are:

  • Anthony McGann;
  • Bryn Peters;
  • Harry Angel;
  • Isabelle O’Neill;
  • Liam Carroll;
  • Louis Boyce;
  • Marie Kiernan;
  • Majella Gavin;
  • Paul Crosse;
  • Richard Dunlea.
Books your tickets

The candidates – all of which had to complete a two-page application form as part of the process –  will demonstrate their auctioneering skills on “the world-renowned rostrum” in Meath on February 10th, 2023, at 3 pm.

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There is no cost for attending this event; however, places must be booked in advance by emailing – [email protected].

Tickets cost €65 per person and include a 2-course meal and an entertaining finale auction. The finale and dinner will run from 6 pm-9 pm.

Last year’s winner

As reported by That’s Farming, Darren Hession from Turloughmore, Co. Galway, lifted the IPAV novice rostrum auctioneer trophy at the event last year and has recently completed his auctioneering training across the waters.

Hession, graduated from GMIT/Mountbellew Agricultural College in November 2021 with a first-class honours in BSc (Hons) in agriculture and environmental management degree.

He completed IPAV’s ‘Green Cert’ top-up course in 2020 , which enabled him to gain an auctioneering licence from the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

A summer job at Tuam Co-Operative Livestock Mart, which he secured in 2017, set the foundations for Hession’s career in the auctioneering field.

He told our editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“It was a dream come true to stand on the rostrum in Tattersalls. It is a national stage where some of the world’s leading bloodstock go under the hammer.”

Read about his journey.

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