Good mix of Roscommon farms on the market from as little as €5,000/ac

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Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Roscommon was festooned with saffron and navy when I visited the county last week. At businesses in the town, all the talk was of yesterday's replay against Mayo.

There was an atmosphere of great satisfaction and even greater expectation everywhere. As I parked my car, I expected it too would be festooned by the time I got back.

My host, auctioneer Sean Naughton, has been following the Rossies for a lifetime and when I arrived, he was concerned that his Roscommon flag had wrapped itself around the flagpole and the neighbouring shopkeepers might question his loyalty.

Four Roads land

We had places to go and farms to see so we made our way to the village of Four Roads, about 7km from Roscommon.

In the townsland of Coolderry, about 1km from the village, we stopped at a 20ac parcel of roadside land in the best of heart and ideal as a parcel of grazing or meadowing.

The property includes a derelict house accessed by a laneway to the side of the property, but Mr Naughton is of the belief that this may be no advantage in the event of a planning application.

Laid out in three fields, the place has plenty of road frontage and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €160,000 or about €8,000/ac.

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Not far away at Torpan, Ballyforan, Mr Naughton is handling the sale of 13ac of ground in three fields described as "fair quality" land.

The fields measure 2ac, 6ac and 7ac in size and the land has attracted local interest. The property is for sale by private treaty and guided at €95,000.

Lanesboro holding

Our journey then took us to Lanesboro on the Shannon and the border with Longford.

There we viewed a 12ac residential holding with a semi-detached single storey house and a range of older farm sheds.

The yard is quite overgrown but has some potential and the house could be brought back or possibly replaced by a new structure. In fact, the whole yard could be redeveloped as a site, subject to planning permission.

The 12ac is made up of reasonable land, ideal for the hobby farmer or the family with a pony or two. The property is for sale by private treaty with a guide of €65,000.

Strokestown farm

A farm at Caraniska just over 3km from Strokestown was our next stop. The 45ac non-residential holding is in a good farming area and bounded by a fine dairy farm.

Made up entirely of grassland, the ground is mixed and in need of some attention but would be ideal grazing ground or fodder fields.

It has extensive road frontage with some pieces having frontage on two sides - to the public road and to a paved lane.

The private treaty sale has a guide of €7,000/ac on the better quality ground and €5,500 to €6,500 on what Mr Naughton describes as "fair quality" land.

It is divided into a variety of parcels that include two 10.34ac and 16.53ac parcels of good ground, while the lesser ground is in three parcels of 6.47ac, 7.61ac and 4.22ac.

Four Mile House lots

Our final visit took us to the renowned farming area of Four Mile House about 10km from Roscommon.

There we saw a fine parcel of 33ac of good grazing ground that can be sold as an entire or in two lots of 10ac and 23ac respectively. The guide price is €8,000/ac.

Located at Grange, Four Mile House, the land is at two sides of a country road with plenty of access. It is rented at present to a tenant who looks after it well.

Less than 1km away and in the same townland, a 12ac piece belonging to a different vendor is for sale by private treaty.

This lovely elevated field has plenty of road frontage and is bounded by hedgerow that could do with some tidying. The guide price on this parcel is €100,000.

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