'Beautiful' 165ac for sale in Cavan
I first heard of Glangevlin from my friend, the writer Michael Harding. We were classmates in Maynooth in 1977 when he stood out among the fresh-faced young fellas as a somewhat more seasoned and well-travelled character.
Among the places he waxed wonderfully about was Glangevlin in the wilds of west Cavan.
A veritable Marco Polo of the meandering roads of south Ulster, he regaled us with stories of his travels through Glan in a noisy Austin A40.
Michael has gone on to become one of the finest writers in the land and his most recent publication, a masterful and elegant memoir entitled 'Staring at Lakes', has won universal acclaim. I dropped him a line to say I was writing a piece about a 165ac farm in his beloved Glangevlin and he replied instantly: "Yes, Glan still fires me up, the most beautiful mountain wilderness in Ireland. I'd buy it in the morning if I had the money."
The 165ac residential mountain grazing farm, coming with entitlements of €3,300, is located at Bealbally Lower and Derrynananta Lower, Glangevlin.
The holding is the estate of the late Tom McGovern and comes to public auction this Thursday with a guide price of €450,000, or shy of €3,000/ac.
The farm in West Cavan is about 23km south-east of Enniskillen and about 25km north-west of Ballyconnell.
The locality is home to the restaurant of renowned chef Neven Maguire.