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Saturday 23 September 2017

Ideal starter farm hits market in Galway

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The family farm continues to be the backbone of Irish agriculture and when a residential farm comes on the market, it often signifies the end of a family's direct connection with the land. The sale of a 47.42ac farm near Monivea in Co Galway signifies the end of such a connection as a family farm with a six-bedroom bungalow and extensive cattle sheds comes on the market.

The private treaty sale is being handled by Lyons and Bracken Auctioneers, Athenry, and the auctioneers are quoting a guide price of €500,000.

The farm is located at Caherlissakill, about five minutes from the village of Monivea and about 25 minutes from Galway City.

It is described by auctioneer Gerry Bracken as a top quality grass farm that has been well farmed over the years.

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The holding has electric fences and the neat stone wall boundaries typical of east Galway.

The house is an extensive six-bedroom bungalow which is in very good condition. It was a family home up to the recent past and is perfectly habitable.

The farm comes with a well-equipped farmyard that includes a four-bay hayshed with a lean-to that incorporates a slatted unit with accommodation for 30 cows.

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There is also a machinery shed, and cattle handling facilities that include a cattle pen, cattle crush and silage slab.

Mr Bracken describes the farm as an ideal starter farm for a new entrant or part time enterprise for someone wanting to combine farming with another career.

He believes the guide price of €500,000 is realistic and reflective of land prices in the area.

"This is a good farm and there is a lot of interest in it.

"I have an offer of €425,000 on the table at present and I expect further offers in the coming weeks," he said.

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