Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Beautiful' 165ac for sale in Cavan

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

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.

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The property is described by Patsy Smith of DM Auctions as a wide ranging mountain farm stocked with sheep up to recently. It will be offered for sale in lots in a number of combinations.


Lot One will consist of the farmhouse with outbuildings on 19.5 acres at Bealbally Lwr. The farmhouse is a traditional construction extending to 1,355 sq ft with out offices.

The downstairs accommodation includes a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, a bedroom and a bathroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom.

The out offices include a hayshed, stone shed, a cow byre with cattle yard and cattle crush.

The house is finished with PVC windows and heated with oil-fired central heating and solid fuel. Water is supplied by a group water scheme.


Lot Two consists of 3.85ac of meadow adjacent to the house while Lot Three is a 10.6ac parcel at Bealbally Lwr.

Lot Four is a derelict cottage on c. 1ac at Derrynananta Lwr that could have some development potential.

It comes with water, electricity and a septic tank on site and accommodation that includes a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms and a bathroom.

The out offices are comprised of a hayshed and cow byre.

Lots five, six and seven are comprised of land at Derrynananta Lwr in amounts of 32.5ac, 60.25ac and 37.6ac respectively. Mr Smith expects that the three last lots may well be combined to sell as a 129.35ac parcel when the property is auctioned at Glan Hall at 3pm this Thursday.

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