'It was like The Field': American trumped in bid for homestead in the auld sod
It was an auction scene reminiscent of the famous sale in John B Keane's play, 'The Field'.
Doing battle for a 38ac holding in Meath were a local long-term tenant and a man from New Hampshire seeking to buy back his grandfather's homestead.
In this case - unlike the play and movie - the local won the day when he paid €456,000 for the farm.
The property is located at Clonycurry in Enfield in Co Meath, 3km from Enfield and 9km from the M4.
The farm was divided into two lots with a 12.5ac parcel including an old residence and farmyard making up the first lot.
The land with this section is in three fields of permanent pasture with good road frontage. A 25ac lot with a stone shed was offered separately.
On the day the house with 12.5ac attracted two bidders when it opened at €100,000 and was bid to €205,000 where it held. The 25ac parcel also opened at €100,000 and it attracted two bidders and held at €165,000.
With a total of €370,000 on board auctioneer Thomas Potterton opened bidding on the entire at €380,000.