Deep south - a residential farm with spectacular sea views
Our reporter travelled to Mizen Head to walk a 93ac residential farm with fantastc sea views
Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30
"This farm is a long way down," my host John Hodnett warned me as we left his offices in Clonakilty to drive towards Mizen Head and a 93ac residential farm at Oughmina near Goleen on the southern tip of the country.
The farm set among spectacular country, is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €550,000.
I had never been to Mizen Head so I hoped John Hodnett would take a few minutes to take me there.
First we went to the farm, a high dry parcel of ground with extensive sea frontage that borders Dunlough Bay, the scene of a smuggling debacle that in July 2007 saw one of the biggest drugs smuggling operations of many years foiled.
An international gang attempted to bring €450m worth of cocaine ashore from a catamaran ironically named 'The Lucky Day' but their luck ran out when the engine of the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) bringing the drugs ashore failed and the boat capsized. One of those involved died.
In a fatal error the smugglers had put diesel rather than petrol into the engine of the RIB.
Bales of cocaine were left bobbing around in the sea for weeks after the event.
Aside from a steady sea breeze there was little drama when we visited the farm last week.