Commercial Property

O’Donnellan & Joyce celebrates 40 years in business

Founder of Galway auctioneer remembers first ever auction in 1984, held outdoors on the Aran Islands, as ‘a fabulous start’

Galway auctioneers O’Donnellan & Joyce celebrates 40 years in business this month. Founded by Tony Joyce and Colm O’Donnellan, pictured here with their wives, the firm now has a full-time staff of 16

Celebrating four decades in business this September marks a landmark for O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers in Galway.

As as start-up in 1982, the company worked mostly in lettings and private treaty sales. Auctions began in 1984 with an outdoor auction on the Aran Islands where a parcel of land and a pub went under the hammer.

Co-founder, Colm O’Donnellan, said: “It is definitely one of my highlights over the past 40 years, everyone needs to ...