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€14,000/ac asking price in Dublin

Land in north Co Dublin means flat ground, cereals and vegetables. A farm of 160ac at Ballyboughal will have the tillage community talking and those with ambitions will certainly be doing their sums in advance of auction.

Evan Lonergan, of selling agents HT Meagher O'Reilly, describes the land, which is currently under a crop of winter wheat, as the best of tillage ground. There are no buildings with the farm, which Mr Lonergan says is flat and free draining laid out in six fields of around 25-30ac.

"This is pure land, no buildings and no waste," says Mr Lonergan. According to the auctioneer the holding will be sold as one lot, although it could be divided into smaller parcels were that deemed necessary.

"This is a stand-alone farm. We believe that as a unit it certainly has its attractions and would make a viable agricultural holding. It will be sold as such," insists Mr Lonergan.

The property, which goes right into Ballyboughal village, was earmarked for development during the boom years. However, like many similar pieces of land, its agricultural potential is now setting its value.

There is good road frontage on to the Naul road, which makes the holding accessible for machinery or could provide the opportunity for converting the farm to a residential holding.

The guide of €14,000/ac is at the upper end of what is being paid for land so far this year.

The property goes to auction at the City North Hotel, on Thursday, May 3, at 3pm.

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