People across the Irish property sector were shocked and saddened last week to learn of the death of Adam Clarke, a divisional director of Lisney, at the age of 49.
A native of Howth, Co Dublin, Mr Clarke attended Belvedere College and studied property at DIT Bolton Street (now TU Dublin).
His career, which spanned almost 30 years, began when he joined James Adam on St Stephen's Green as an apprentice; he then moved to Hamilton Osborne King (now Savills) and managed its Clontarf branch. He subsequently moved to Sherry FitzGerald and managed its office at Sutton Cross.
Mr Clarke joined Lisney in 2016 as a divisional director and served as the first manager of its branch office at Howth Road, Killester. He specialised in residential sales, most notably on the northside of Dublin – and especially in Howth, where he lived.
David Byrne, managing director of Lisney, paid tribute to Mr Clarke, describing him as a treasured colleague and friend, particularly of those in the company's residential department.
He said: “Adam was a divisional director and branch manager of our Howth Road office and was quite simply the consummate professional and the most considerate colleague you could ever hope to work with.
“While we are truly devastated at his sudden passing, we know we were fortunate to have Adam as part of our Lisney team. His thoughtful nature, endless positivity and engaging sense of humour were always appreciated by colleagues and clients alike. His commitment and dedication to both his clients and to his role in Lisney were to be admired.
“The property industry has lost a passionate, dedicated and highly respected professional, and we in Lisney have lost a great friend. We will miss Adam enormously. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
“Rest peacefully, Adam.”
The many messages of warm sympathy appended to his death notice on RIP.ie reflect the breadth of his life, with family friends, schoolmates, former colleagues and others describing him as a kind, gentle, genuine person with a great sense of fun and a quick wit; he was a sociable man, a soccer fan, and a keen darts player.
Adam Clarke is survived by his daughter Hannah, his partner Rebecca, and his six sisters.