Farm at Thurles Racecourse fetches over €1.8m

A farm of 162ac within shouting distance of Semple Stadium in Thurles was sold at auction last week for €1.835m, or more than €11,300/ac. Located at Sheskin on the Nenagh road out of Thurles, the farm is a stone's throw from Thurles Racecourse and 2km from the town centre.

Originally part of a bigger farm extending to 303ac, a 139ac portion of the farm, made up of softer ground, was sold separately some years ago. What remains is the most arable part of the holding.

According to John Shelley, the land was farmed for years in a traditional way. "It never got hardship and was never cut or tilled, just grazed," he said.

Described as the best of limestone land, the farm is laid out in 12 large fields in old permanent pasture, fenced with traditional hedgerows. Four fields have substantial road frontage on to a secondary road off the Nenagh road.

The traditional farmyard is located at the centre of the farm and accessed by a long farm road. The buildings include a 90' x 70' cubicle shed with 144 cubicles, four walled silage pits, a machinery shed, and some slate and stone buildings.

Handled by Shelley and Purcell with Dublin auctioneers Bergins, the farm sold for €1.835m to a solicitor acting in trust for a local farmer.

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