Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

'It was like The Field': American trumped in bid for homestead in the auld sod

Richard Harris as the Bull McCabe in the film version of John B Keane's 'The Field'
Richard Harris as the Bull McCabe in the film version of John B Keane's 'The Field'
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

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.

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The two bidders were a farmer who has been renting the property for years and a man from New Hampshire whose grandfather had owned the place which the US resident had visited during his childhood.

Swift bidding brought the price on offer to €440,000 and six bids later the hammer fell in favour of the local farmer when the place was sold for €456,000 making €12,000/ac.

Balivor auction

At the same auction Thomas Potterton sold an 11ac piece of old pasture located down a cul de sac at Cloneycavan, Balivor in Co Meath.

The land suitable for reclamation attracted three customers when it opened at €15,000 and sold at €31,000 to a local man.

A parcel of 31ac at Kiltoome, Trim in two fields with frontage on to the old Navan Road and on to a cul de sac failed to sell at auction and is currently under negotiation.

On the day two customers showed cause when proceedings opened at €180,000 but the property was withdrawn at €210,000.

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