Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 February 2018

245ac of An Grianán comes up for sale

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Donegal Creameries is to sell part of its 3,000ac An Grianán estate at Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal.

Billed as "the biggest organic farm in Europe", the estate produces organic milk, vegetables, cereals and also has a herd of over 400 cattle. The entire farm, including its 415,000 gallon milk quota, is estimated to be worth in the region of €25m.

Much of the farm is leased to local tillage farmers, although a 600ac block is leased to the Witherow family for a 20-year term. Ian Witherow runs an organic dairy farm on the land.

However, the company has decided to sell 245ac of the estate, which is largely slob land reclaimed from the sea by a sophisticated drainage system.


An Grianán hit the headlines in 1996 when the Graham family were the subject of a very public eviction from the property.

The controversial action was taken by National Irish Bank after the family failed to meet repayments on a loan taken out for the purchase of the lands.

It was at this time that the estate was purchased by its present owners, Donegal Creameries.

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The 245ac section for sale is described by selling agent Donegal Estates as excellent quality arable land, with stock-proof fencing and road frontage to every field in the block.

The non-residential block of the farm is for sale by tender for the entire block, with a closing date of July 29 at 4pm.

Irish Independent