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The first female property auctioneer will take to the rostrum at Allsop Space’s May auction.Fermanagh born Daphne Mahon will make her professional debut on the rostrum on May 3rd at Allsop Space’s auction at the Shelbourne Hotel.

Property has always been a staple part of Daphne’s life growing up in the small town of Kesh in Fermanagh and as a young child she would travel to numerous property and machinery auctions around the country with her father. 

When asked about her aspirations of becoming an auctioneer Daphne reflects “I grew up attending Allsop and other auctions and knew as a little girl I wanted to become an auctioneer.”

Daphne attended the University of Ulster, Jordanstown where she received a first class honours degree in Property Investment & Development. While spending time in Missouri, USA, she became a member of the Professional Ringman’s Institute and assisted the auctioneers in the hectic Property and Chattel auctions, American style. Here, she stood out in a male dominated arena. In September 2008 she joined Allsop on their graduate rotation scheme and qualified as a chartered surveyor. In 2009, Daphne won the prestigious RICS Matrics Auction Competition in the UK. The national biennial competition dates back to 1975 and previous winners are now in the auction teams of Allsop, Acuitus, and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Gary Murphy, Auctioneer and Director for Allsop Space comments “I remember my first auction. I was very nervous beforehand but once I got started I didn’t want to stop. I can see the same enthusiasm in Daphne. When you enjoy what you do, inevitably you do it well. Daphne is looking forward to this challenge. I’m sure she will enjoy the rostrum experience enormously and it will be a start of a great auctioneering career. “

Auctioneering is no mean feat. The role of the auctioneer is to maintain an intense level of competition within a buzzing auction room, to control proceedings and to focus the attention of up to 1,000 potential bidders at any one time. 

Daphne comments, “Naturally I’m nervous, but it’s a good nervous. It’s just an amazing opportunity to take the rostrum at the Shelbourne Hotel.  Gary and Chris will be tough acts to follow, but I intend to enjoy every moment of it!”

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About Allsop Space

Allsop Space is a property auction partnership between Allsop, the UK’s most successful property auctioneer and Space, a Dublin based property consultancy. The partnership provides a leading property auction service for all property types across Ireland with an average success rate to date of 93%.The Allsop Space Property Auction will take place on Thursday, 3 May at the Shelbourne Hotel from 11am.  The catalogue is available online.


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