Big Apple punter first out of the blocks for Rossie holding
A friend of mine has sheep that are inclined to wander. I met her some time ago and in the course of conversation I asked her how her ovine bohemians are behaving.
"Oh, they have my heart broken," she replied, "you won't believe this, but last week my son phoned from Australia and said: 'Mam, go down to the road quick, the sheep are out.'"
The vigilant son had seen a live feed on Facebook put up by one of his friends.
"The rascals of sheep had the whole place held up and he knew it in Australia before I did," added my exasperated friend.
The wonders of modern technology are transforming everything. Rooskey auctioneer Seamus McCarthy has a lovely 83ac residential farm for sale and he tells me that the minute it went live on the net the first call came from a man in New York.
The top quality Roscommon farm with a fine farmhouse and a mix of modern and traditional sheds is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of between €500,000 and €650,000 for the entire with the land guided at €6,000/ac to €8,000/ac.
The house on its own site is valued at €150,000.
Located in a highly productive farming area, the holding is close to the village of Rooskey just across the Shannon from Longford. Mr McCarthy says the owners are retiring from farming after a long and diligent career spent building up and improving their holding.