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Top franchise award for West Cork auctioneers

February 13th, 2016 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

At the awards ceremony in the Killashee Hotel in Naas, Co Kiildare, recently were, from left: Philip Sherry, Caroline Herlihy, Tina Foley, Frank O'Driscoll, Ray O'Neill, Orla Healy, Michéal Duggan & Mary Dillon. The West Cork estate agent was awarded the Sherry FitzGerald ‘Franchise of the Year'. It

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A WEST Cork firm has won a prestigious auctioneering award.

The winner of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year Award 2015 was announced at a conference which was held in the Killashee Hotel near Naas, in Co Kildare. 

Fighting off stiff competition from 67 franchised offices, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, with branches in Clonakilty and Skibbereen, emerged victorious. 

Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill are long established in West Cork, the business having been founded by Ray O’Neill’s grandfather in 1930.  Ray O’Neill and his wife Mary were one of the first estate agents to join the Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide network in 1999, and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. 

They are a business that are continually striving to improve the customer service experience and are particularly strong in their use of marketing and technology to do so.

Commenting on the award, Ray O’Neill said: ‘Our innovative systems ensure that our service as an estate agent in the West Cork market is the best it can be. 

‘Our partnership with Sherry FitzGerald began in 1999 and we have been delighted to be working with this progressive company ever since. Our intention is to continue to lead the market in West Cork and provide a quality service to vendors and purchasers alike.’

Mary Dillon, managing director of Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide, said that Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Clonakilty and Skibbereen represented ‘all that is best’ about the firm’s franchise members. ‘

Their outstanding customer care, professionalism, and innovative approach to marketing to ensure they always achieve the best price are some of the qualities that make them an outstanding member of our Franchise team,’ she added.

This year’s awards were in association with MyHome.ie and for the first year the conference hosted over 15 exhibitors who displayed their products and services.

Founded in 1982, Sherry FitzGerald is now one Ireland’s largest firms of estate agents, with over 90 owned and franchised offices.

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