Large Roscommon holding with a good range of sheds 'one of the finest' in the county
Last week, I found myself in Roscommon at a substantial c167ac farm at Ballinaheglish, about 15km west of the county town. The holding, with a good range of farm buildings, was once the property of the Franciscan Order and is for sale with a guide price of €1.4m.
It was a fine May morning as I set out on my journey along with 'My Lady of the Highway', Google maps. She laid out a route for me that was more byway than highway, but I have learned from bitter experience to do what that good woman tells me and not to second guess her.
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Even when the road has a line of grass growing along its Mohican crown, I follow her instructions obediently.
Passing through rural village after rural village, there were signs of young life at every school gate, but equally, there were reminders of old life and former life in the boarded-up draperies, bakeries and hardware shops along the quiet main streets. Filling stations selling everything from croissants to crowbars on the outskirts of the villages are now the commercial centres of gravity.
My directress eventually brought me to Ballinaheglish, where auctioneer John Earley was waiting to take me on a tour of this farm that comes with oodles of road frontage.
Originally a Franciscan farm, the monastery and a school building are on adjacent lands retained by the order. The holding is located off the Roscommon to Castlebar road, about 1km from the village of Ballinaheglish.
Laid out in a series of 15 fields, the place is in very good condition, having been well farmed by the owner. Aside from a 3.5ac parcel of boggy ground, the holding is made up of good-quality grazing land.
All in grass and fenced with traditional hedgerow, the main portion extends to 94ac behind the farmyard and has good road frontage along four different sections. Across the road from this is a 25ac piece with frontage to the main road and secondary frontage on to a lane that runs down to other properties.