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Incoming IPAV president Lisa Kearney with IPAV CEO Pat Davitt and Minister Kieran O'Donnell. Photo: Keith Wiseman Incoming IPAV president Lisa Kearney with IPAV CEO Pat Davitt and Minister Kieran O'Donnell. Photo: Keith Wiseman

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Lisa Kearney appointed President of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers

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Limerick auctioneer Lisa Kearney is appointed President of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers. Incoming IPAV president Lisa Kearney with IPAV CEO Pat Davitt and Minister Kieran O’Donnell. Photo: Keith Wiseman

Limerick Auctioneer Lisa Kearney, has been appointed as the President of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers

Lisa Kearney, Director and co-owner of Rooney Auctioneers, has been appointed as the President of IPAV

Lisa Kearney, Director and co-owner of Rooney Auctioneers, has been appointed as the President of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV).

With more than 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a diploma in Property Law, and a Certificate in Marketing, Lisa Kearney’s extensive background brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.

Speaking about the appointment, Lisa said, “I am truly honoured to be president of IPAV and I am very excited to step up to the challenge for the year ahead.”


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She took the opportunity to share her pride in Limerick saying she was “delighted to hold IPAV’s annual business conference and gala dinner in our fabulous city of Limerick this year” which took place in the Greenhills Hotel.

The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) was established in 1971 as a representative professional body for qualified, licensed auctioneers, property service providers, valuers and estate agents throughout Ireland.

IPAV currently represents over 1400 Members and has a National Council which consists of 20 elected Members representing all four provinces.

The IPAV President noted the role is not “solely about one person” but is a collective effort throughout the organisaiton.

She said, “It entails the collective participation of all members, board members and staff. Equality, diversity and inclusion is extremely important to me and so I was delighted and proud to introduce and implement an EDI policy at IAPV.

“To be part of and belong to an institute that breaks down barriers, embraces diversity and advocates for equality is genuinely inspiring. This policy guarantees that each of our members, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation or background, feel appreciated, listened to, recognized, and included.”

The newly appointed IPAV President highlighted issues facing society and hopes to create an environment “where mental well-being takes precedence and is destigmatised”.

“At IPAV, we aim to lead by example and inspire others within our industry to prioritize mental health in the workplace. I’m incredibly proud and delighted  that our institute joined forces last year with the groundbreaking mental health awareness campaign titled ‘The Elephant in the Room’, championed by the inspiring Mr. Brent Pope.

“Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being and by openly discussing and addressing it, we break down the barriers that too often prevent individuals from seeking help.”

Lisa’s involvement in the organisation underscores her commitment to upholding and adhering to best practices and professional standards and advancing the real estate profession in Ireland.

Lisa’s dedication to excellence, integrity, and client satisfaction is evident throughout her career and she hopes to continue to make significant contributions that positively impact the industry, setting a high standard for professionalism and service excellence.

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