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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dublin farm stirs Northern interest

Dublin, 105ac + outbuildings. Guide: $10,000 - 12,000/ac

Jim O'Brien

Published 16/11/2010 | 05:00

The division into lots will suit several prospective customers, from existing farmers who want to expand to first-time farmers and people who may wish to build a new home on a few acres near the capital
The division into lots will suit several prospective customers, from existing farmers who want to expand to first-time farmers and people who may wish to build a new home on a few acres near the capital

A 105ac holding in the prime tillage country of north Co Dublin has attracted interest from north of the Border. Located in the townsland of Hayestown, College Farm is about 20km from Balbriggan and less than 1km from the M1 motorway.

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The land is laid out in one block and is described as excellent ground by auctioneer Evan Lonergan, of selling agents HT Meagher O'Reilly.

The farm, which goes to auction tomorrow, also has 1.4km of frontage onto three separate roads.

A traditional farmyard with extensive buildings is located in the northwest corner of the holding. These include a six-bay haybarn and lean-to, a double span, six-bay machinery shed and a five-span, open-fronted shed, together with several stone outhouses.

The land is laid out in seven fields that slope gently from the north. Mature hedgerows make up most of the field boundaries.

While the land has been in tillage for the past few years, it would also make an ideal grassland holding.

The farm has been let for a few years but has been well looked after and it is in great condition, Mr Lonergan said.

The land is being offered in the entire on in two lots. Lot one comprises 48ac and the farmyard, lot two is made up of 57ac, while lot three is the entire.

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Mr Lonergan said that the division into lots should suit several prospective customers, from existing farmers who want to expand to first-time buyers and people who may wish to build a new home on a few acres not too far from the capital.

"The 48ac lot or the 57ac lot would make for ideal residential holdings, given the required planning permission," he said.

While there is a lot of local interest in the property, there is also interest from further afield.

"Northern Ireland buyers are quite active in the market around here," said the auctioneer. "I expect it to make €10,000 to €12,000/ac. This is the going rate for land in this area," he added. College Farm will be sold by public auction tomorrow at 3pm in the City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co Meath.

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