'Powerful' ground in the heart of Tipperary
Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30
Thurles means one thing to many Munster people at this time of the year - hurling. Semple Stadium is a silent cauldron as I pass on Thursday evening, but you can almost hear the roar of the phantom crowds from a century of championships Sundays as you pass by.
As a Limerick man I have a soft spot for Semple Stadium - it has been good to us, we have had days when we shone like stars there while Croke Park is a place of shattered dreams and what-might-have-beens. We'll be back in Semple on Sunday to take on the natives, a daunting prospect.
Today I'm not in Thurles for the hurling, I'm here to walk a patch of Tipperary ground that is found at Kyle, Rathmanna just 1.6km from Liberty Square and the famous Hayes' Hotel.
The 65ac residential farm is 1.6km out the Two Mile Borris Road and at the end of a short cul-de-sac. The place is to be sold by public auction with a guide price of €650,000 or €10,000/ac.
The property will be sold at the auction in The Anner Hotel on Friday, June 24 at 3pm.
The holding is reached by a short, curved avenue that is practically the continuation and terminus of the public road. This in turn leads to a traditional farmyard surrounded on three sides by the dwelling and the outhouses where I am greeted by Gerry Curtis of selling agents Herlihy Estate Agents.
We adjourn to the house, a lovely compact single-storey farmhouse in perfectly habitable condition.
The accommodation includes a hall, a comfortable living room, a sitting room, a back hall, a kitchen/dining area, a utility and a family bathroom. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, one of which is ensuite with a walk-in shower. A small box room is located next to the gable in the attic.
The outbuildings include a garage and a storehouse near the house with an extensive if somewhat dated range of farm buildings to the side.
These include a four-column hayshed, a double round roofed cattle shed with 40 cubicles that was originally a milking parlour. There is also an open cattle feeding shed, a machinery shed, a workshop, some smaller sheds possibly used for fowl or pigs in bygone days and a silage pit.
The land is powerful, elevated dry Tipperary grassland that is well fenced with whitethorn hedges and electric fences and laid out in 11 fields. It rises away from the house and yard to a height at the back and is covered in a lovely sward of grass. With up to 450m or road frontage it will make an ideal starter farm or a powerful addition to an existing farm.
The services to the property include water from a group water scheme and a private well along with electricity and telephone.
A neighbour drops by and we talk hurling. I suggest to him that Tipp are looking forward to giving Limerick a good 'batin' in Thurles next Sunday, "That is the plan," he said.
Hmmm, we'll see.