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Extensive Offaly holding an 'excellent' €7k/ac buy

A 103ac farm at Garr, Rhode, Co Offaly, is among the larger properties to come onto the market in Offaly for some time.

Located three miles from Rhode and six miles from Kinnegad, the farm, which may be sold in lots, is for sale with a guide price of €7,000-7,500/ac.

Local auctioneer Liam Grogan describes the property as excellent level land all in permanent pasture.

The seven fields that make up the farm are bounded on one side by the River Boyne and have 600m of road frontage. To sweeten the deal, the holding commands a single farm payment of €5,400 a year.

Facilities on the land include a 60x60ft open cattle shed. The fencing is good and there is a mains water supply. There is also an option on the land for the construction of a wind turbine.

The farm will be offered in three lots: lot one of 50ac, lot two of 53ac or the entire (103ac).

The auction takes place at Larkin's Rooms, Edenderry, at 3pm on Thursday, March 29.

Further down the old Galway road towards the heart of the midlands is a 26ac farm at Baltrasna, Moate, Co Westmeath.

This non-residential parcel of land, located 1km on the Athlone side of Moate, is described by auctioneer Denis O'Roarke as a smashing piece of ground, suitable for grazing, silage or tillage.

It has a guide of €10,000/ac.

The land is fenced and has up to 200m of road frontage.

According to Mr O'Roarke, the holding would be ideally suited to local farmers who lost land to the Dublin to Galway motorway during its construction.

The auctioneer expects a lively sale when the 26ac goes to auction at the Grand Hotel, Moate on Wednesday, March 21, at 3pm.

Jim O'Brien

Indo Farming