Our Story

Our story at Hodnett Forde is one of tradition, expertise, and a relentless commitment to serving our community’s property needs. Founded by John Hodnett and Ernest Forde, our agency emerged as a beacon of integrity and professionalism in the vibrant landscape of West Cork’s real estate market. With over 30 years of combined experience in sales and lettings across residential, commercial, and agricultural properties, John and Ernest established Hodnett Forde as the go-to destination for all property matters in the region.

Natives of West Cork and esteemed members of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (I.P.A.V.), John and Ernest brought a deep understanding of the local market dynamics, coupled with a passion for delivering exceptional service to every client. Their dedication to excellence attracted a loyal clientele and positioned Hodnett Forde as a trusted authority in property transactions.

In 2013, Andy Donoghue joined the Hodnett Forde family, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective shaped by his diverse background in residential, commercial, and industrial property sales and management. With roots deeply embedded in the local community and a commitment to upholding the agency’s legacy of integrity and professionalism, Andy quickly became an invaluable asset to the team.

In 2021, a new chapter began in the Hodnett Forde story as Andy Donoghue assumed ownership of the agency, marking a significant milestone in its illustrious history. With his leadership at the helm, Hodnett Forde continues to uphold its legacy of excellence while embracing innovation and adaptation to meet the evolving needs of the modern property market.

Our offices at Emmet Square, Clonakilty, are open five days a week, including lunchtime. Hodnett Forde offer their clients a seven day a week service, including after hours, to advise on appraisals, and to facilitate potential purchasers with viewings.

Our exceptional team at Hodnett Forde Property Services is further strengthened by the addition of Frank O’Driscoll, Liam Hodnett, and Mark Kelly, rounding out our group of six dedicated auctioneers. Together, we bring a diverse range of skills, experiences, and insights to the table, ensuring that we can meet and exceed the needs of our valued clients.

Our expertise in land leasing extends to providing professional negotiation services for agricultural land leases, facilitated by Kathleen Russell, a licensed practitioner with extensive experience and knowledge in this specialized field and supported by Elaine Frost.

Behind the scenes, our office is ably supported by a dedicated administrative team, ensuring that every aspect of your experience with Hodnett Forde is seamless and stress-free. Teresa O’Sullivan oversees accounts, while Vera Flynn and Sandra Wilson provide attentive reception services. 

Whether you’re buying, selling or leasing property, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. With our combined expertise, unwavering dedication, and commitment to excellence, Hodnett Forde Property Services is your trusted partner in achieving your property goals.

Our Property Services


Unlock your dream home with our tailored residential property services. From cosy apartments to spacious family houses, we’re here to guide you every step of the way towards finding your perfect sanctuary.


Embrace the possibilities of agricultural life with our farm property services. From fertile lands for crop cultivation to spacious pastures for livestock grazing, we specialize in connecting you with the perfect farm property to nurture your agricultural aspirations.


Elevate your business to new heights with our comprehensive commercial property solutions. Whether you’re searching for office space, retail locations, or industrial facilities, our expertise ensures you’ll find the ideal space to thrive.


Explore a world of possibilities with our diverse selection of development sites. From prime residential plots perfect for crafting dream homes to strategic commercial locations primed for business success, we have the ideal site to suit your specific vision and needs.

Land Leasing

We oversee a large and diverse portfolio of short and long-term land leases, providing expert negotiation services for agricultural land leases, along with comprehensive administrative support for our clients.


We are accredited valuers for leading institutions including Allied Irish Banks (AIB),  Permanent TSB (PTSB), Educational Building Society (EBS), Haven and Bank of Ireland (BOI).

Our Team

Andy Donoghue

Managing Director / Negotiator