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John heads up our new Licensed and Hospitality Sector with responsibility for all things associated with hospitality – licensed premises, hotels, guesthouses and hostels – with a specialty focus on the sale, letting and valuation of Dublin licensed premises.

John has vast experience of the pub and hotel sectors having previously worked for CBRE as a Director of its Hotel and Licensed Department for over a combined twenty years. During his career, John has handled the sale of many iconic licensed premises including The Rathfarnham Orchard, The Dollymount Inn, Café-en-Seine and The Stag’s Head to name but a few.

John holds a Master in Real Estate from TU Dublin achieving first place for his thesis focusing on the hotel sector. John also holds a BA (Economics & Administration) from Trinity College. He is a Registered Valuer and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (MSCSI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Prior to this John worked for the ICC Bank and was owner / manager of the landmark Ryan’s Pub, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

John is a Dub growing up on the Northside of the City. His family background is pubs and his grandfather established the famous Victorian bar, Ryan’s of Parkgate Street, close to the Phoenix Park.  John enjoys many outdoor activities and is an enthusiastic tennis player, cyclist, golfer and skier. He currently serves as a Committee Member on Leinster Tennis and is a former Tennis Captain of Elm Park Sports Club.

John also enjoys gardening and is fanatical about grass cutting!!

What is your favourite restaurant in the city?

Host Ranelagh.

What is your dream car?

A red vintage Mercedes 280 SL Coupe.

What is your favourite word or phrase?

Ah, the Professor ...

Do you have any unusual skills or talents?

I can put a shamrock on the head of a creamy pint of Guinness!

What is your favourite building?

Flat Iron, New York.

Who is one person, dead or alive you would want to sit on a plane with to Australia?

Nelson Mandela.

What is your dream vacation place that you've never been to?

Seychelles.

You are forced to carry a boombox for the rest of your life and you can only play one song. What song would you pick?

Always by Cold Play.

You are forced to eat the same meal for dinner every day, what dish would you choose?

Roast Chicken.

Which celebrity would you want to play you in a movie about you?

Liam Neeson.

What movie could you watch back to back?

Home Alone.

What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Skied the Vallee Blanche Glacier, France.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Olivia Newton John.

What's your favourite pastime?

Cycling or tennis.

What is something on your bucket list?

Visit Argentina and Antartica.

What's your favourite thing about Dublin?

It is close to the sea and the mountains.

If you were stuck on the Luas for the day who from the office would you want to be stuck with?

Ask me in six months!

How many languages do you speak?

June one!

What was your favourite toy/pastime as a child?

Lego.

What's your favourite season and why?

The Autumn for crisp, clear days and awesome foliage colours.

If you had to choose another country to move to, which would it be?

Italy.

If you could go to any concert which would it be? Artist could be dead or alive.

Rod Stewart.

What is something you can't live without?

Crisps.

What is your favourite holiday?

Touring Japan and exploring its food culture.

What is your favourite international airport?

Schipol Amsterdam.

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