See the 119ac farm in one block with €16k income from mobile mast

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Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The village of Laurencetown in east Galway is approached from Portumna through a lovely tree-lined stretch of road that in high summer forms a lush green tunnel.

As I drove through it last week the leaves swirled around like flocks of starlings, having left the branches overhead exposed and the light pouring in with the rain.

I met Ballinasloe auctioneer John Dolan outside 'The Beautiful Bird', a public house in the village rejoicing in that colourful name.

We had no time to sample the delights therein and drove to the townland of Skenageehy and a 119ac residential farm, 3km from Laurencetown and 14km from the M6.

The farm is all in one block with over 200m of road frontage and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.1m.

A long avenue leads from the road branching off in two directions to reach the house and the yard.

The fields stretching out to the right and left are sheltered by some lovely stands of trees.


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The dwelling, located away from the yard, is a traditional bungalow residence that was lived in up to earlier this year. In need of considerable refurbishment, the accommodation includes a kitchen/dining area, a sitting room, utility, a bathroom and four bedrooms.

The site is slightly elevated but surrounded by evergreens. The removal of these would give the house great light and lovely views over the land. The yard is very much of the 1970s vintage and includes a four-column round-roof shed with lean-to and traditional cubicles.

Adjacent to this shed is a walled silage yard while adjacent to this again is a curious smaller cubicle unit made up of two rows of cubicles individually roofed with an open passage between them.

There is also an older set of sheds with mass concrete walls topped with corrugated iron. These sheds could be used for loose livestock housing, for fodder or machinery storage.

The land is made up of fine ground divided into several paddocks with very good stock-proof fencing.

The avenue leading to the yard services quite a few of the fields but for dairying purposes the place could do with a central roadway system.

It was pouring rain the day I visited, yet the land was fine underfoot and still carrying stock. While mainly elevated, it does have one or two low lying spots. The ground has been well minded and although the place might need a bit of tidying and the sheds could do with work, the fundamentals are sound.

The place has no entitlements but it does host a telecommunications mast generating an annual income €16,000. It would take a lot of farming to generate that kind of money so any new owner would have a good head start.

John Dolan says the farm has attracted a lot of interest, especially from the dairy sector with prospective buyers coming from as far away as Waterford.


Farmers from the south-east are among prospective buyers for a holding in east Galway that comes with a €16,000 annual income from a mobile mast

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