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Saturday 21 April 2018

A May Day sale for east Limerick farm

Ballylanders
Ballylanders
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Quite a few farms have come on the market in Limerick of late, with the west and east of the county well represented in the auction rooms. Being primarily a dairying county, it appears dairymen are out in force in search of land. Meanwhile, vendors are keen to emphasise the diary potential of their properties.

In that vein, an 80ac residential farm, that was once farmed for dairying in the east Limerick parish of Ballylanders is on the market and will be sold in lots or as an entire.

Land in the general area has been making in the region of €10,000/ac and Richard Ryan of GVM Kilmallock expects this farm to record a similar price.

Ballylanders is located 17km north-west of Mitchelstown, 17km from Kilmallock and 44km from Limerick, while the land in question is located in Griston, Ballylanders.

The area is on elevated ground close to with the Galtees Mountains and, according to Richard Ryan, apart from a small patch the ground reflects this in terms of drainage and dryness.

"In fact, this is the highest and, at the same time, the most level farm at this elevation in Munster," said Mr Ryan.

The house is a four-bedroom, single storey residence that was totally refurbished in 1991 and could do with some attention now.

Solid and serviceable

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However, according to Mr Ryan "for small money it could be made perfectly habitable again".

The yard is of the traditional type with a two-column hay barn, a three-column covered silage pit with lean-to and a cubicle house with accommodation for 60 cows along with a four-column loose shed. The buildings, while dated, are solid and serviceable.

While the farm has not been in dairying for 15 years, the infrastructure is still in place; the yard also has a disused milking parlour, while the main part of the farm is serviced by an internal roadway.

At auction, the property will be offered in lots consisting of the house and yard on 66ac, while across the road is a 14ac parcel. The 66ac are described by Richard Ryan as the best of ground, in good heart and well fenced. Up to half of the 14ac portion is good ground, while the rest needs attention. Both parcels have frontage on to a local road.

The farm will be offered at auction at the Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock, Co Limerick at 3pm on Thursday, May 1.

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