Farm Ireland

Wednesday 24 January 2018

191ac Offaly border farm expected to raise ¤1.5m

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A fine 191ac farm has come on the market on the Tipperary/Offaly border. Located between Roscrea and Coolderry the residential farm is the estate of the late Jack O'Meara.

Described as a superb grassland farm, it will be sold at auction on September 22 and is expected to make €7,000-8,000/ac.

The holding, which is in one block, is in the townsland of Ballyrickard, four miles from Roscrea and two miles from the Offaly village of Coolderry.

Laid out in five large divisions, it is described by Michael Harty, of selling agents Central Auctions, as fine, fertile ground and, while it could benefit from some attention, it is suitable to any farming enterprise.

The ambience of the property is particularly attractive, with beautiful mature trees dotted throughout and seven to eight acres of woodland situated in groves at either end of the land.

The farmhouse is a large, distinctive two-storey building of Victorian vintage in need of total refurbishment. While it has been unoccupied for 40 years, it would still make an excellent home.

The farmyard is of the traditional style comprised of cut-stone sheds that are in keeping with the style of the house.

In terms of the requirements of modern farming, the yard is in need of much attention.

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However, Matt Malone, of Central Auctions, says the farmyard, like the house, has huge potential were it to be refurbished and developed and, in the right hands, could be turned into a remarkable place.

There is no road frontage with the property, which is accessed by a private avenue. According to Mr Malone, this is no disadvantage given the privacy and the integrity of the holding.

Mr Harty is expecting the farm to make in the region of €1.5m when it comes to auction in the County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly.

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