Free Property Clinic at the Ploughing Championship from 20th – 22nd Sept


The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland are pleased to announce that we will be holding free property clinics sessions for the general public at the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly next week.

Attendees are encouraged to drop in and discuss their property, building & land queries with Chartered Surveyors.

The clinics will be held over the three days of the Championships and up to 20 Chartered Surveyors from around the country, like estate agents, property managers, building & construction experts, will be on hand to deal with queries from attendees.  In addition, land surveyors will be demonstrating scanning and drone equipment at the stand.

The President of the SCSI, Claire Solon said the Society was very much looking forward to advising consumers on how best to deal with any property issues or queries they might have.

“If you have any issues relating to property, land or construction – be it building regulations, planning, selling, renting, boundary issues, property management or valuation – don’t hesitate to drop in to see us at Stand No 742 in the Duhallow Exhibition Hall. Our members will be very happy to advise you.”

The schedule for the Property Clinic live sessions can be found on the SCSI website here.

The SCSI has over 5,000 members nationwide and is the leading representative body for professionals working in the property, construction and land sectors in Ireland.

Society organise a ‘Charity Fun Run’ in aid of Focus Ireland

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland held their first ever Charity Fun Run in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin on Thursday the 8th of September.

The charity was Focus Ireland and the two sponsors which were Mc Govern ‘O Brien Chartered Building Surveyors and Gleeson Mc Grath Baldwin Solicitors. The weather was wet and miserable but an unprecedented number of 60 people turned up to take part.

The Charity Fun run was a 3km or a 5km, the racers choice. There were prizes for first place for the 5km which was Paul Gibbons and Ben Malone Lisney.

The first female participant home was Jill Horan of Savills and the second was Martina Krawczakk of Hooke and Mac Donald. The 3km winners were first place to Darragh Sheehan of Jones Lang Lasalle and second place to John Bradish also of Jones Lang Lasalle and the team prize was won by Bruce Shaw which consisted of Paul Brady, Brian Mc Cay, Declan Furey and John Finnegan. Following the race, participants continued the celebrations at Horse Show House in Ballsbridge with drinks and accompanying finger food.

The Young Surveying Committee would like to thank the sponsors McGovern O’Brien, Chartered Building Surveyors and Gleeson McGrath, Baldwin Solicitors, the Order of Malta, the Marshals for volunteering and everyone who entered to raise money for this worthy cause.


CBRE take home the trophy at The Irish Times/ SCSI Tennis Tournament

Nick Kelly & John Ryan and  Aoife Reilly & Christine McGowan from CBRE, Peter Dargan Head of Irish Times Property, Andrew Nugent Past President Society of Chartered Surveyors, Darren O'Shaughnessy & Michael Keane and Rena O'Reilly & Jacqui McCabe from Knight Frank winners and runners up  at the Irish Times Society of Chartered Surveyors Tennis Tournament. in Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club.

31/08/2016 — Nick Kelly & John Ryan and Aoife Reilly & Christine McGowan from CBRE, Peter Dragan Head of Irish Times Property, Andrew Nugent Past President Society of Chartered Surveyors, Darren O’Shaughnessy & Michael Keane and Rena O’Reilly & Jacqui McCabe from Knight Frank winners and runners up at the Irish Times Society of Chartered Surveyors Tennis Tournament. in Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The property industry is improving its game, according to spectators watching the Irish Times / Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland’s 27th annual Tennis Tournament last Thursday. CBRE took victory in the 18 team strong competition.

The competition placed teams composed of men’s and women’s doubles against one another at the Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club. After a new group phase schedule that was prepared by professional tennis coach, Jimmy McDonagh, for the tournament four teams emerged winning their groups.

In the first of the semi-finals, Knight Frank defeated a group of individual surveyors including Arlene Maguire, Paul Shine and Olivia Lowe to secure a place in the final.

The second semi-final finished initial in a draw between CBRE and Hooke & MacDonald. The mixed doubles tie-breaking match finished with a nail-biting 12-10 victory for CBRE.

After 5 hours of tennis, the finalists for CBRE and Knight Frank faced off on centre court in front of a packed club house. The event organisers, which included Marcus O’Connor, MD of MFO The Property Professionals, Ken MacDonald, MD of Hooke & MacDonald, and Peter Dargan, The Irish Times, were delighted with the atmosphere and quality of play.

Mr O’Connor said “Constancy was the order of the day with both the females and male pairings of the CBRE team delivering a good standard of tennis that gave them the edge to win the tournament.”

The victory by CBRE over Knight Frank brought particular to the CBRE team captain Christine McGowan, who said, “CBRE were runners up in 2013 and this is the first year we will have CBRE engraved on the trophy! It made it even more special as it was played in my home club, Donnybrook LTC.”

Ms McGowan, concluded “The Irish Times / SCSI Tennis Tournament is really one of the best social and networking events in the calendar for surveyors. It was great to have so many different firms taking part in the event and the tennis was to a high standard which got a little competitive in some games but it was all part of the fun!!”

CBRE are the 2016 SCSI 5-a-side Soccer Tournament Winners!

Winners CBRE

CBRE Winners of the SCSI 5 a side soccer tournament. L-R: John Hanlon, Stephen Ahern, Jack Scales, Alan Cusack, David Gibney, David Scully, Patrick Cirwin, Cloe Mc Dermot, Lance MacAleese

Last Friday evening, a total of twenty teams convened at Pembroke Wanderer’s Hockey Club in Ballsbridge to compete in the annual SCSI Young Surveyors 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament.

CBRE emerged as the triumphant winners of the competition after a grueling game against rivals and 2015 winners, DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald to take home the much coveted Knight Frank cup.

Among the awards handed out for winning teams were awards for the male and female player of the tournament. Darren Smith of CBRE was awarded male player and Laura Cullen of DTZ female player of the tournament.

Following the winners celebrations, light refreshments and entertainment was provided in the Pembroke Clubhouse. The Young Surveyors Committee would like to thank all those who took part this year, and to Knight Frank for their kind support of the event.

Savills are the SCSI Tag Rugby Tournament winners three years in a row

Savills - Winners

Overall SCSI Tag Rugby Tournament Winners – Savills

The annual SCSI 7-a-side Tag Rugby Tournament took place last Friday, 22nd of July at  Bective FC, Donnybrook. Savills, for the third year in a row fought off fierce competition from seven teams from across the property and construction industry to secure their title as overall winners of the annual 2016 SCSI Tag Rugby Tournaments. Team captain, Niamh Carney, accepted the CBRE Winners Cup on behalf of the team.

Runners-up on the day were WK Nowlan who played a strong game against Savills, while Lisney prevailed to take home the CBRE Tournament Plate.

This year’s competition recognised more than just the winning teams, but individuals also with an addition of several awards, such as: Try of the Tournament won by Marcus McAllister of WK Nowlan, Sportsperson of the Tournament presented to David Reddy of Knight Frank and the much coveted prize of Epic Fail of the Tournament taken home by Robert Colleran of CBRE.

After the tournament, a BBQ was held and celebratory or commiseration drinks were enjoyed by all followed by live entertainment in the clubhouse.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s SCSI Young Surveyors Tag Rugby Tournament and CRBE for kindly sponsoring this years tournament.

Higher Certificate in Property and Facility Management

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, in partnership with DIT Bolton Street are pleased to inform you about our Higher Certificate in Property and Facility Management. This part-time course is designed to equip students with knowledge of all factors affecting the property and facility management profession. Students will develop a keen understanding of the marketplace and a skillset that will enable them to influence and adapt to changes in the property market as they arise.

Aimed at those working in the property and /or facility management profession. Applications will be accepted from those typically involved in Facility Management; Property Management (Residential/Commercial/Retail); service providers to the industry; public sector employees involved in Hospital/OPW/Local Authorities/Social Housing etc.

The Level 6 qualification currently meets the National Property Services Regulatory Authority’s minimum educational requirement enabling practitioners to obtain a licence to provide Property Management Services to multi-unit or mixed-use developments.

 Click here for further information and application details.

SCSI reaction to the Housing Action Plan

Housing Estate

SCSI welcomes the Housing Action Plan, but warns that critical skills shortages across all sectors will urgently need to be addressed to deliver the scale of housing delivery.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Claire Solon, President of Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and Head of Property at Friends First said “We understand the scale of the challenge faced by policymakers to re-activate the housing development sector.  In our recent Real Cost of New House Delivery Report, we identified key cost impediments to development and we are pleased to see that the Action Plan agrees and takes account of this.  This is particularly relevant in relation to the measures that are proposed to increase the supply of land, including publicly owned lands, where quick decisions need to be made”.

“The Minister has identified the importance of collaboration between the various government and state agencies, but we still firmly believe that a National body with real authority and mandate is needed not just for housing, but also for national infrastructural planning.  It’s clear from the Action Plan that in several areas, it’s the need for projects like road completions, or water and drainage schemes that are actually preventing the delivery of housing”.

“The industry has shown itself be to resourceful following many difficult years, but there needs to be significant investment now to address the skills shortage in all sectors – professional, technical and trades. We will be asking the Minister of Finance to specifically resource our sector in the upcoming Budget for training of apprentices, graduates and to help encourage workers from other sectors to transfer to construction and property roles.  The industry plays a vital role in our economy and after many years of under-investment, negative reporting and poor output, it needs radical intervention to upscale and deliver what could be one of the most important development stages in the history of our country”.

If the Housing Action Plan is successfully implemented and building volume scales up rapidly, one of the contrary outcomes will be that there is insufficient housing to accommodate all the workers and professionals needed on sites and in offices around the cities and towns where development is most needed.

“The rental sector is identified as a key growth area, but needs radical legislative overhaul to develop a more mature, stable relationship between landlords & tenants, with security of tenure and responsibilities clearly defined.  Renting was previously a stepping stone between living with your parents and home-ownership, but for some, renting is a strategic choice; giving them flexibility and the freedom to move.  Our members are embedded in the rental & property management services sector and will contribute their expertise to develop new policy which better captures the wants and needs of all parties”.