One of the largest farms to be sold in recent years was bought privately in the last few weeks in an off-market sale.
Mount Congreve dairy farm, extending to 400ac at Kilmeaden in Waterford, was sold to Waterford businessman Edward Walsh along with its dairy herd.
Selling agents Savills would not disclose the figure paid for the farm.
The house and lands at Mount Congreve were the property and ancestral home of industrialist and passionate gardener Ambrose Congreve.
When he died in 2011, the house and gardens on 70ac was left to the State following an agreement made with the then Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, in the 1970s. It is now open to the public and part of the Waterford Greenway.
Savills handled the sales of the remaining landson behalf of Swisscom Ltd and the Congreve Foundation.
According to Savills, the new owner intends to continue the dairy operation on the farm.
The house at Mount Congreve is part of the Waterford Greenway