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Friday 9 December 2016

'Classy' Limerick land guided at €9k/ac

Jim O'Brien

Published 26/11/2016 | 16:15

The 100ac residential farm is located at at Knockatanna near Caherconlish, Co Limerick
The 100ac residential farm is located at at Knockatanna near Caherconlish, Co Limerick

The winter has truly arrived. Last week the leaves seemed to depart the trees overnight leaving only the skeletons, stark reminders that the tilt of the earth is keeping the heat of the sun at bay for the next four to five months.

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It was raining and cold as I made my way to Caherconlish in East Limerick, just off the N24 linking Limerick and Tipperary town.

I met Tom Crosse of GVM Limerick on the boreen leading to the 85ac portion of a 100ac residential farm at Knockatanna located about 1km from the N24 and 1km from Caherconlish. Another 15ac are located at Shanaclough West, near the village of Oola.

The lands are subject of an executor sale on the instructions of the representatives of the late Michael O'Brien, a bachelor farmer who farmed the holding and let it in recent years.

The sale is guided at €735,000 for the entire, €600,000 for the residential portion in Caherconlish and €135,000 for the 15ac at Oola.

The farm is laid out a number of large fields with a mixture of hedgerow fencing and electric fences.

While the ground doubtless needs attention in terms of topping and a few bags of fertilizer it is good grazing land in good heart with a nice sward of grass on top. A herd of bullocks grazing part of it looked the picture of health even in the teeth of a miserable November day.

There are two patches of lower, rushy ground at the furthest corners of the holding but other than that, on a good walk across the land one would have to conclude 'the fundamentals are sound.

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'The neighbouring farms look very healthy and progressive and Mr Crosse is hoping for some lively local interest in the place.

There is an extensive yard with the farm but very much in the old style. It includes a classic four-unit, herringbone milking parlour from the late sixties and early seventies.

The building with its milking equipment is like a museum piece and a carbon copy of the parlour my father built around that time. It brought back many memories.

As a young lad I wasn't what you'd call a natural born farmer but I was given the job of cleaning the milking parlour and the tankards. For my troubles I got £5 every time we passed the milk test.

Other buildings include a four-column haybarn with lean to and cubicles along with a three column haybarn with a lean-to used as a machinery shed.

The house is a traditional style two-storey farmhouse in need of modernization and refurbishment. The accommodation includes a kitchen, sitting room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs and downstairs.

The 15ac parcel at Shanaclough West, Oola is described by Mr Crosse as "a really classy parcel of land made up of superb ground." Located on the main Limerick /Tipperary road on the outskirts of the village of Oola Village the roadside lands will be offered as a separate lot.

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