Model farm in Tipperary attracting keen interest from dairy farmers
I got slightly lost on my way to see a 127ac residential farm for sale at Cullen in Co Tipperary. I turned left instead of right in the village of Monard and found myself at Soloheadbeg beside the memorial commemorating the ambush that marked the outbreak of the War of Independence.
Not far from the memorial Dan Breen, Sean Treacy and members of the Third Tipperary Brigade of the IRA commandeered a consignment of gelignite being transported to the Soloheadbeg quarry by council workers. The consignment was guarded by two RIC men, Constables McConnell and O'Donnell, who were killed in the attack on January 21, 1919.
In my youth I read about the ambush in Dan Breen's memoir, My Fight for Irish Freedom. I always wondered where the event took place and was surprised to discover the spot is within a mile of the Limerick-Tipperary road, a thoroughfare I have travelled for years.
While I was delighted to come on this historic spot, my mission on that particular day was to visit the farm at Cullen. Realising I was lost I called auctioneer Matthew Ryan who told me I was at the wrong side of the N24. I crossed over and after 2km met him near the village of Cullen at the rear entrance to Ballybrenogue house and farm that is the subject of an executor sale.
Coming with entitlements of €12,800 per annum the auction is guided at €9,000-€10,000/ac.
The farm was farmed up to two years ago by its owner, a bachelor who was passionate about farming.
He built a massive array of fine sheds over the decades and turned the place into an organic operation a number of years ago.
The place was once a dairy farm and has a 14 unit milking machine and automatic feeders in a parlour that wasn't used for quite a number of years. With some modest investment it could be returned to the same use. The land is all around the house and yard except for a 22ac portion across the road that is serviced by an internal roadway system.