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Saturday 22 October 2016

'Unique' north Dublin farm guided at €12,500 per acre

Jim O'Brien

Published 28/09/2016 | 02:30

A grassland farm located just outside the village of Ballyboughal in North County Dublin has come on the market to be sold by public auction. While a guide price is difficult to establish the 44ac farm should make in excess of €12,500/ac given recent land prices in the area.

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According to John Cumisky of REA Cumisky the farm has been in the ownership of the same family for about 150 years.

"The field structures and layout have altered little in that period," he explains, "with hedgerows that contain huge amounts of diverse flora."

While the place is within minutes of Ballyboughal village it enjoys a tranquil, private location removed from traffic and adjoining properties.

Laid out in nine fields ranging in size from 2ac to 6.6ac the holding is all in one block and serviced by an internal roadway. The fields are all under grass at the moment.

A substantial yard with the holding has farming and equestrian facilities that include an all-weather exercise and lunging area.

The yard is located at the centre of the farm and includes an 'A' roofed open barn, built in 1987 and measuring 7,500 sq ft. The barn incorporates seven loose box stables with a tack room, a secure tool shed, plenty of storage areas, a caretaker's quarters and various staff accommodations.

Included on the site is a three-bedroom mobile home and a large glasshouse extending to c 0.4ac. Water is supplied by a mains supply along with a c. 50,000gal reservoir filled with rainwater from the glasshouse and a 120' bored well with a submersible pump.

The farm has a number of unique features. These include a small portion of land adjacent to a neighbour's house that, many years ago, was sown down to a seed crop for wild birds. It was left fallow subsequently to provide cover for a variety of wild animals.

The farm also has a 1ac plantation of bamboo that was formerly part of a Biomass research project with the Bio-Engineering Department of Antwerp University in Belgium.

The land here is of the utmost quality," says John Cumisky. "It is free draining and with an excellent 'sod'. It was grazed by cattle for a number of years and more recently by sheep. As a result it's in very clean paddocks with exceptional grass." The farm will be sold by auction at The Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan at 4.00pm on Tuesday, October 11.

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