Equestrian facilities on this farm would suit a family with a few horses

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

I recently took to the northwest to a rendezvous with veteran auctioneer Martin Tyrell.

He had travelled from Tuam to meet me in Craughwell and took me from there to a lovely 50ac residential farm at Aggard about 4km away. Coming with entitlements of €7,100 the private treaty sale is guided at €10,000/ac.

Every gateway in this hurling neighbourhood has the maroon and white flying high in anticipation of the All-Ireland clash with Waterford.

The Déise display against Cork has impressed the Tribesmen and conversations about the first Sunday in September are tinged with caution.

The farm at Aggard is accessed by a shared paved driveway and is centred around a lovely, traditional, four-bedroom farmhouse in perfect condition and comfortably decorated.

The accommodation includes a fully fitted kitchen to the rear and a cosy family room to the front with a solid fuel stove.

So cosy in fact that Martin Tyrell decided to ensconce himself beside the stove with his newspaper and sent yours truly off with the owner to view the rest of the house and the farm.

The sitting room is another comfortable living space to the front of the house while upstairs are four bedrooms and the family bathroom.

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The residence has all the modern conveniences including PVC windows and central heating.

As we walk across the yard at the rear of the house the owner tells me he is retiring from farming and plastering having spent his time wielding the float when he wasn’t attending to the sheep and cattle. In later years he has invested in horses with some success.

The sheds have all the hallmarks of a resident tradesman, they’re new, fresh and well built including a two bay turf shed with plenty of storage space for machinery.

Behind that again is a fine new five column double A-roof shed with five loose boxes to the side and open spaces inside that can be penned for stock handling or as calving pens or sheep pens. There is also an indoor cattle crush.  The second A-roofed shed is slatted with a feeding passage.

The land is the best of east Galway ground laid out in eight fields with typical stone-wall fences and is in great order. In the main it is elevated, rolling down to some lower land and is solid under foot. A portion of the ground running along a boundary wall would be ideal for a farm road.

The farm has the makings of a perfect operation for anyone looking for a part-time farm or a hobby farm. Given its location 25km from Galway and 13km from Loughrea and its equestrian facilities the farm would certainly suit the family with a few horses.

Much local and more distant interest is expected in the sale.

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