Among the larger farms currently on the market is a 145ac residential holding near Enniscorthy in Co Wexford. Moyne House and farm is the subject of an executor sale and goes to auction next month with a guide price of €1.2m.
Located 2km from Enniscorthy, the farm is 1.3km from the N11, 25km from Wexford town and 30km from New Ross.
The property includes a three-bedroom house, a working farmyard and 145ac of grass land. The deceased owner, Jack Nolan, was a renowned greyhound man and he bred and trained many greyhounds for the domestic and international markets.
He established the Tain breed in 1971 and enjoyed great success with its luminaries including the legendary 'Tain Mor', the 1976 Irish Derby winner.
Dating back to the late 17th century the house is for sale for the first time after more than 200 years in the ownership of the same family. Approached by a long avenue sweeping through bordered lawns, the house is 0.3km from the road. Described by Celia Lamb of selling agents Ganley Walters as a good sized family home, it needs some refurbishment and modernisation.
The living accommodation consists of a large drawing room and dining room, a kitchen, parlour, three good size bedrooms, a bathroom and three further rooms on the top floor. To the rear of the house is a spacious courtyard with a variety of stone houses.
Facilities on the farmyard include an eight-bay double barn, four-bay barn with two lean tos and accommodation for 200 herd of cattle.
The entire is set on a concrete yard and includes silage pits, cattle handling facilities, a range of store sheds, along with a greyhound run and kennels.
The lands at Moyne Farm are of excellent quality and are all in one block and currently in grass.
Set out in a number of large divisions, the fields are serviced by piped water and divided by hedgerows with mature trees and electric fences.
An internal roadway runs right through the farm from the main road and there is great frontage on to the Enniscorthy road.
The holding is currently being worked as a beef unit, but the auctioneer says it would lend itself to a range of uses and would make an excellent dairy farm.
A large rock formation in the lower field could, with planning permission, be suitable for quarrying.
The guide price of €1.2m works out at €8,275/ac, a conservative estimate given that land in this area and in Wexford generally has been achieving prices of between €10,000 and €15,000/ac.
A farm at Kilmurray, Gorey recently sold for nearly €20,000/ac - almost double its guide price. Celia Lamb is confident the sale of Moyne farm will go well. "It is a lovely place with lots of potential in a great location," she said.
The property will be sold at auction at the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy at 3pm on Thursday, October 2.
Local farmers were out in force when a substantial 97ac farm located behind the main street in Carnew, Co Wicklow sold in lots at auction last week making a total of €922,000 or around €9,500/ac.
Divided almost evenly between tillage and pasture, the farm is laid out in a 77ac block adjacent to the town and a 20ac parcel located about 1km away. The farmyard includes two four-span, round roof sheds with four-span lean-tos as well as a concrete yard with a cattle pen and cattle crush.
Auctioneer David Quinn had a packed house for the sale and the auction was at its liveliest when the property was offered in lots. There was no interest in the entire.
Lot one, comprising 21.14ac and including the sheds, yard and outbuildings, attracted four bidders and went on the market at €240,000 and sold to a local farmer for €265,000
Lot two, a parcel of 37ac of light sandy land, had a difficult start but once it went on the market at €220,000 it attracted four bidders and was knocked down to a local farmer for €305,000 or over €8,200/ac.
Lot three, a 18.74ac parcel of tillage had three bidders and was sold to a local dairy farmer for €185,000
Lot four, a 20ac parcel including 16ac of tillage and 4ac of poorer ground, located 1km from Carnew, was sold to a local mixed farmer for €167,000. David Quinn said the vendors were clearly delighted to see the entire property exceed its guide by almost €130,000.