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Buyers to lap up plots on edge of Shannon Estuary

Limerick, 62.5ac, To be sold in lots

Jim O'Brien

Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00

Overlooking the estuary at Ballycullane, the farm will be sold in two lots - 46.58ac and 15.92ac. The former also includes a spacious farmyard
Overlooking the estuary at Ballycullane, the farm will be sold in two lots - 46.58ac and 15.92ac. The former also includes a spacious farmyard

Estuary land is generally associated with mud flats and marsh but the land on southern banks of the Shannon Estuary can be farmed right to the shoreline.

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A fine 62.5ac farm overlooking the estuary at Ballycullane, Glin, Co Limerick, is to be auctioned at the end of the month.

Located near Tarbert, on the Limerick-Kerry border and just off the N69, the property is in two lots situated about a quarter of a mile apart.

Lot one consists of 46.58ac at Ballycullane Lower and is contained in one block.

According to Tom Dillon, of joint selling agents Sherry Fitzgerald Dillon Prendiville, Listowel, this part of the holding is made up of premium quality land that has been extremely well managed over the years. It has an independent water supply, mains electricity, and on-site septic tank.

Originally farmed for dairying, there are well-fenced grazing paddocks serviced by hardcore roadways throughout.

The farm is currently used for grazing purposes and the production of top-quality silage.

The property includes about half-a-mile of road frontage on to a quiet country road and the attainment of planning permission should be possible given the existence of a derelict residence on the land.

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This section of the farm also includes a spacious farmyard, which fronts onto the road. It consists of a disused dairy, silage yard, slurry pit and cubicle houses, with accommodation for more than 100 animals.

The second lot comprises 15.92ac in one block located at Ballycullane Upper. Laid out in five fields with extensive road frontage, this land is currently being grazed.

There is a small farmyard, which fronts onto the road, that includes a cubicle house with space for 30 animals, a silage yard and a slurry pit. A gravity supply provides water and the yard is supplied with mains electricity.

While the quality of the land would be somewhat inferior to those in lot one, it is regarded as good grazing ground.

The farm can be bought in two lots or as the entire and the sale will attract a lot of local attention, says Mr Dillon.

"The property will certainly make a nice add-on to an existing enterprise as it doesn't need any investment or attention."

Along with joint agents Sherry Fitzgerald Stuart, Castleisland, Mr Dillon is reluctant to give a guide price.

"It is difficult to establish a guide as little land has been sold in this locality in the last while, but given the market for similar sized farms, we expect lively interest."

The auction takes place at Kirby's Lanterns Hotel, Tarbert, Co Kerry, on Wednesday, March 30, at 3pm

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