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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Buyers expected to swoop for Meath land

Jim O'Brien

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Part of the 69ac holding at Rathkenny was once used as an airfield which explains the outsized white lettering on the shed roof.
Part of the 69ac holding at Rathkenny was once used as an airfield which explains the outsized white lettering on the shed roof.

A 69ac parcel of ground with substantial sheds at Rathkenny near Slane in Co Meath is more than a flight of fancy.

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Once used as an airfield, the said property is still recognised as such and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €595,000 or €8,600/ac.

Located 10km from Slane the holding is described by Drogheda auctioneer Shane Black as good quality grazing ground.

The place has not been used for livestock or airplanes for some time but was topped regularly and is in good heart. Accessed by a laneway there is no road frontage to the property.

The sheds in the yard extend to 10,000sqft and include a five column, enclosed, round-roofed shed with an enclosed lean to and, to the side, a more modern A-roofed building five columns long.

The buildings are set on a concrete yard containing cattle handling facilities with electricity supplied and water provided by a private well.

The place can still operate as an airfield but would need some works to bring it back to shape.

Nevertheless, according to Mr Black, it is the closest airfield to Dublin airport from which planes can take off and land without permission from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

The place will doubtless need attention to realise its full farming potential but has real possibilities as a fine residential holding, given the necessary planning.

It would also make a substantial out-farm.

There is currently an offer of €520,000 on the place but it is expected to make substantially more.

Garristown auction

Staying in Co Meath Raymond Potterton auctioneers are handling the sale of a 31ac farm at Pudden Hill, Garristown in Co Meath. The holding is due to be sold at auction with a guide price of €275,000 or €8,870/ac.

Located across the road from a well-known sporting arena the property is two minutes from the N2, 10 minutes from Ashbourne and 35 minutes from Dublin. The elevated tillage ground has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and is described by Potterton's Stephen Barry as a gorgeous property,

"It has loads of road frontage and two entrances on straight stretches of road.

"It is ideal for tillage or grazing," he said.

The holding will be sold at auction at the Raymond Potterton salesrooms, Navan at 3pm on Tuesday, March 15.

Wexford Land for auction

Auctioneers and vendors in Wexford continue to have confidence that land in the Model County will command strong prices again this year.

A parcel of ground at Kilmurray near Gorey to be sold at auction in March is setting the bar a notch or two above the rest with a guide price of €14,000/ac.

Located 1.6km from Gorey town the land is described by Denis Howell of Warren Estates as the best of ground.

All in grass the property is laid out in two fields with decent road frontage,

"It is good dry ground in a good location," Mr Howell said. Interest is expected from near and far but the keenest interest is expected from local farmers.

The holding will be auctioned at 3pm on Monday, March 14 at the Gorey salesrooms of Warren Estates.

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