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Sunday 11 December 2016

A 'powerful' Cork holding

Keen local and outside interest is expected at the auction of a 158ac residential holding in the heart of east Cork

Jim O'Brien

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

The holding is split into two farms of 66ac and 92ac; the larger farm (pictured) is located at Ballincurrig and is serviced by a hard-core central roadway.
The holding is split into two farms of 66ac and 92ac; the larger farm (pictured) is located at Ballincurrig and is serviced by a hard-core central roadway.
The residence and farmyard at Ballincurrig, Co Cork

I recently took myself to east Cork travelling down through Fermoy and on to Watergrasshill. From there I went to Lisgoold, Leamlara and Ballincurrig to see a 158ac residential farm due for auction in March. The property comes with a guide price of €10,000 to €12,000/ac.

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After leaving Watergrasshill I travelled through a warren of country roads before I met auctioneer, Dan Fleming at a gate leading to a fine part of the property situated a kilometre from the main farm. The gently undulating 66ac field at Leadington, Lisgoold is 15 minutes from Midleton and 10 minutes from Watergrasshill.

Free from ditches the parcel of ground was once home to a renowned annual point-to-point gathering.

With extensive road frontage the field is divided into paddocks by electric fencing. While currently under a fine carpet of grass the ground is also reputed to be well suited to tillage. It is serviced by mains water, and ESB and has a cattle crush.

We continued from there to the main farm located at Reisk, Ballincurrig.

The farm is centred around an old style two-storey farmhouse with accommodation that includes a porch, sitting room, living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a bathroom. The house is of its time and in need of complete modernisation. Adjacent to the dwelling is a garage/fuelstore and a spacious garden.

Behind the residence is an extensive farmyard with an array of buildings.

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These include a double three bay slatted unit, a silage slab, 80 cubicles, scrapers, a hay shed with lean to's, a disused eight unit milking parlour, a collecting yard, cattle handling facilities and two stables.

The yard isn't what one would call a modern facility but with a bit of organisation it has the makings of a fine operation.

Sward

Like many farms of its kind the land is the main attraction.

Serviced by a hard-core central roadway the 92ac farm rises away from the back of the homestead in a series of powerful fields with a fine sward of green grass on all of them.

Fenced with some beech hedging and top class electric fencing the ground is a joy to behold.

Mr Fleming explained that the owner, now deceased, was a most careful farmer and renowned for doing everything right.

"I will never forget the day we held the machinery sale," he said.

"People came from all over to see and to buy it.

"There was an acre of people here because everyone for miles around knew this man had the best of stuff and he minded it well."

The farm will be offered for auction in its entirety or in two lots with the 66ac field at Leadington, Lisgoold making up one lot and the house and yard on 92ac at Reisk, Ballincurrig making up the other.

Mr Fleming expects keen local and outside interest when the place comes to auction at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Cork at 3pm on Friday, March 18

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