Auction season gets into full swing in the west and south

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The auction rooms promise to be busy over the next few weeks with vendors and auctioneers hoping the fine weather will show the land at its best light and bring out the buyers.

Among the more substantial farms coming to auction is a 72ac residential farm at Tarmon, Castlerea in Co Roscommon. The subject of an executor sale, it is hoped to net in the region of €435,000 or €6,000/ac at auction this Thursday.

Located in Tarmon about 5km from Castlerea the place is the home of Dan O'Rourke, the last man to manage Roscommon to all Ireland senior football title.

The property includes an old period farmhouse in need of attention and a number of plots of grazing and planting ground.

It will be sold in lots with the first lot comprised of the house on 23ac of good grazing land.

The dwelling is a two storey, three-bedroom building with two reception rooms downstairs and an extension to the rear housing the kitchen.

A traditional farmyard with a number of dated buildings is located adjacent to the house.

Paul Lafferty of Castlerea selling agents James Cleary and Sons says the house and yard will be a 'project' for someone. The residence with 23ac is guided at €200,000 or around €7,000/ac.

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The next parcel extends to 26ac and is known as the 'River Plot.' Bounded by the Francis River, a tributary of the Suck, the land is described by the auctioneer as comprised in equal measure of good grazing land and ground fit for planting. It is guided at €5,000/ac.

The next piece is called the 'Ballinamona Plot' made up of over 16.5ac and, similar to the previous piece, it is equally split between good ground and lower-lying, soft ground. This too is guided at €5,000/ac.

The last piece is a 6.65ac field adjacent to Tarmon School, one of the biggest primary schools in the Castlerea area. This too is guided at €5,000/ac.

Paul Lafferty says there is good local farmer interest in the property, which goes for sale by public auction at Hester's Golden Eagle, Main St, Castlerea at 4pm on this Thursday, April 7.

Tipperary tillage

Further south in the heart of tillage country two smaller parcels of arable ground are going under the hammer in the next few days.

First we go to south Tipperary where a parcel of 35ac of arable ground at Barnora, near Cahir is due for auction this Friday.

Located 3km from Cahir the land is all in stubbles and, according to John Stokes of Stokes and Quirke, "it is ready to be sprayed and ploughed in the morning."

The holding comes to auction with a guide price of €10,000/ac. The place, which has been let to a tillage farmer for quite a number of years, is well minded and in great heart. Divided by a road into two lots of 28ac and 7ac respectively.

The 28ac parcel has the remains of an old house, which may ease a passage to planning permission.

"This is a farmer's farm," said Mr Stokes. "And I expect the interest to come mainly from active farmers."

The property will be sold in the lots or as an entire when it comes to auction at the Cahir House Hotel at 3pm on this Friday, April 8.

Carlow sale

Moving east to Co Carlow, Dawson auctioneers of Tullow are quoting €10,000/ac in advance of the executor sale of 28ac of tillage land at New Road, Ballyoliver, close to the village of Rathvilly.

The land is described by Matthew Conry of Dawsons as the best of tillage ground that comes with a two-bedroom house in need of renovation. The land is currently in stubbles and, according to Mr Conry, it needs some reclamation but has great potential.

There is plenty of frontage on to a cul-de-sac that divides the property into two fields at either side of the road. Mr Conry believes the farm would make an ideal add-on to a working farm or could indeed form a nice stand-alone farm.

The holding will be sold at auction at the Tullow offices of REA Dawson on this Thursday, April 7 at 3pm.

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