Kilkenny land goes for close to €15,000/ac
In one of the earlier auctions of the year Ballyragget auctioneer Eamon McEvoy sold an 18ac parcel of ground at Jenkinstown, Kilkenny for €267,000.
Jenkinstown is famous for its castle, a place credited with being the birthplace of that great ballad, The Last Rose of Summer.
Locals claim the renowned songwriter Tom Moore penned the classic while staying at Jenkinstown Castle.
Whatever about the the ballad, Eamon McEvoy believes he captured the first shoot of spring with this sale of Jenkinstown ground that netted a handsome €14,800/ac.
The land is described by Mr McEvoy as the best of roadside ground currently in grass but suitable for any farming pursuit. The property has plenty of road frontage on one side and is bounded by the River Dinan on the other.
On the day proceedings opened when Mr McEvoy accepted a bid of €150,000. With a local part time farmer and a Dublin businessman in contention the ground went on the market at €220,000 and 29 bids later the hammer fell at €267,000.
Mr McEvoy had expected a lot of interest from local farmers and was surprised it didn't materialise.