A tillage treasure in the midlands
Jim O'Brien walks a 318ac Laois tillage and grazing holding which is on the market for just over €10,000/ac
Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30
Ballacolla is at the heart of good farmland in Laois and a substantial farm extending to 318ac in the area has come on the market with a guide price of €3.1m or €10,000/ac.
The farm is split between Ballacolla and Aghaboe with a house, sheds and 227.3ac located at Ballygeehan Lower near Ballacolla and another 90ac located about 7km away at Skeagh, Aghaboe.
The November day was crisp and bright as I made my way up the M7 to Junction 21 where I turned for Borris-on-Ossory and got back on the old Dublin Road. A mile outside the town I took a right for Ballacolla taking the Durrow road. I rarely pass up an opportunity to go to Laois having spent 13 happy years in that lovely county. All the place-names are as familiar to me as those of my home county and bring back many fond memories.
I pass the magnificent ruins of Aghaboe Abbey, and turn left to visit the first parcel of ground, 90ac of land in stubble and grass in the townsland of Skeagh. Located down a narrow boreen that I'm assured is a public road, the section close to the road is elevated and sweeps down to lower ground.
In the pale, yellow winter sunlight the fields look beautiful as the perfect rows of stubble stretch off from the road in a sweep of land that is firm under foot and as good a piece of tillage ground as you'll get anywhere.
Laid out in the shape of a hammer, the parcel is divided into about eight fields bounded on the outside by carefully managed fencing.
Five of the fields are in tillage and three in grass. The property is bounded by the River Gully at one end and has road frontage on the minor road at the other.
This particular parcel can be bought separately from the main farm and would make an excellent stand alone piece of property or a fine add-on to an existing holding.