Land in Kilkenny is almost as prized as its hurlers, and nowhere are both more valued than in Tullaroan, the home of the legendary Tommy Walsh.
A residential farm extending to 126ac at Reimeen, Tullaroan and bounding the Walsh farm has come on the market with a guide price of €10,000/ac.
The property, which includes a modern dormer bungalow and extensive farmyard, is located two miles from Tullaroan village and seven miles from the Marble City.
The private treaty sale is being handled by auctioneer Liam Comerford of Woodsgift.
The house, a four-bedroom dormer-style bungalow extending to 2,200sq ft, is set on an avenue leading to the farmyard.
Built in 2005, the dwelling is in perfect condition with double-glazing throughout and Velux windows to the rear.
The accommodation includes a hall and two reception rooms, a dining room/kitchen, conservatory, four bedrooms, a bathroom, utility, study room and a downstairs shower room.
Located on its own site about 200m from the farmyard with lawns to the front and rear, it can be bought separately from the farm.
The extensive farmyard facilities have accommodation for up to 200 head of cattle and can handle drystock, bloodstock or dairying.
The concreted yard comes with a generous range of buildings including an old milking parlour in need of modernisation, a four-span feed unit, seven-span lean-to, a machinery/stabling facility, five-span hay barn with adjoining double sided lean-to and a four-bay open-plan slatted unit.
There is also a four-span hay shed with an adjacent three-span feed shed and slatted unit. Another yard contains stables with four loose boxes and assorted out-offices.
The land comes with extensive road frontage and is laid out in four big divisions that are all in grass and suitable for all types of farming enterprises.
Divided by the avenue, it may be possible to buy the farm in separate lots but auctioneer Liam Comerford says the preferred option is to sell it in its entirety. According to Mr Comerford, farming locally is dominated by dairying and a strong Glanbia presence.
He believes that if the next stage of the Glanbia Joint Venture process is passed, releasing share money, the outcome could have a real impact on the sale of this and other properties in the area.
The number of potential customers for the farm could increase substantially if the Glanbia vote is passed tomorrow.
"This farm would make a great dairy unit on its own or as part of another dairy enterprise," he said.