Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Attractive home of acclaimed dairyman Nagle hits market

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The home place of renowned Cork dairyman, the late Billy Nagle, is coming to the market by private treaty and is already generating a lot of interest.

Billy dedicated much of his life to the development of Ballyclough Co-op until its amalgamation with Mitchelstown into Dairygold in 1990.

For many years his Holstein Friesian herd was one of the top dairy herds in the country and his 160ac residential farm, Glenville House, at Bregoge, Buttevant, Co Cork, was regarded as a model dairy operation.

In a transaction to be handled by Buttevant auctioneer, Tom Sheahan, the holding is for sale with a guide price of €2m, or more than €12,000/ac.


Located 1.5 miles from Buttevant, the farm has been leased for a number of years and is described by the auctioneer as being in excellent condition having been farmed to a high standard.

Extending to 160ac the land comes with substantial road frontage and is laid out in a series of level, easily worked fields that are well fenced and accessed by a farm roadway network. The ground is in a state of high fertility and in permanent pasture, although Mr Sheahan claims it is also suitable for tillage.

The facilities include three yards: a traditional courtyard adjacent to the house; a modern farmyard; and an older yard with a derelict dwelling house. The modern yard has wintering facilities comprised of a five bay shed with 66 cubicles with mats and serviced by a wide driving feeding bay accessed through a rolling door. This shed is slatted and cleaned with automatic scrapers into underground slurry storage.

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The yard also includes a dated 10-unit milking parlour, an extensive all-purpose shed suitable for calving boxes, or grain and straw storage. There is also a 61' x 16' calving house.

Immediately to the rear of the house is an old-style traditional courtyard farmyard complete with arch and stone buildings, all in good order and partly lofted. Included in these are bullpens, calving houses and general purpose houses, and a silage pit with concrete walls. The other yard away from the house has a hay barn, lean-to silage pit, all-purpose shed and old dwelling house.


The residence is a period house built in the 1820s, modernised by successive generations and still in good condition. "When people hear 'period house' they think it will cost a fortune to restore and keep it in line with whatever preservation order it is governed by.

In this instance, the house is in good condition with modern conveniences such as oil-fired central heating and is not listed," said Mr Sheahan.

On the ground floor, the accommodation includes two reception rooms, a kitchen, a pantry and two smaller rooms, one of which could be made into a bedroom and one into an office or study. The upstairs accommodation includes four bedrooms, a bathroom and a dressing room.

The farm is attracting potential customers from all over the country. "There is strong local interest," said Mr Sheahan, "but there is also interest coming from Kerry where the Kerry shares are bolstering purchasing power. West Cork farmers are also making calls along with callers from the midlands and east."

Irish Independent