Farm Ireland

Friday 23 February 2018

125ac Connell Abbey has 'Great' stud potential

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Great Connell Abbey Stud, above, near Newbridge, Co Kildare, is one of the more substantial farms to come on the market in the county.

Extending to 125ac, with substantial frontage on to the River Liffey, the holding has 60ac in tillage, with the remainder in permanent pasture and woodland. It comes to the market with a guide price of €1.375m or €11,000/ac.

Situated on the south-eastern edge of Newbridge, the property is located close to the intersection of the M9 and M7.

Originally run as a full-time stud farm, Great Connell Abbey has been let for a number of years and currently has 60ac in stubble and the balance in permanent pasture.

According to auctioneer Paddy Jordan, the farm contains some of the best limestone land in the county and is classified under the Elton Series in the Soils of Co Kildare.

The holding is in one block and laid out in 12 divisions with an internal road system giving access to all paddocks. A number of planted shelterbelts and areas of mature timber provide significant privacy and shelter, while extensive road frontage on the Newbridge/Rosetown Road provides good access.

There is an old derelict mill house and cottage, together with three different stud yards, most of them in a poor state of repair. However, some of the stud buildings appear to be structurally sound and, in all, there are more than 60 boxes with various hay-sheds and ancillary facilities.

Paddy Jordan and joint agent Brian Farrell, of Brophy Farrell, report strong interest from a range of customers, including tillage farmers, livestock farmers and clients in the bloodstock industry. Both agree the holding could suit anyone or a mix of farm enterprises.

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The property goes to auction on Friday, October 4 at 3pm at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge.

Irish Independent