Good Carlow grassland on market

The Anglicisation of place names delivered some rare and contrary combinations -- and a classic case has to be the townland of Ballybit Big, in Rathvilly, Co Carlow.

If its translation into English were done with an eye to accuracy rather than phonetics, then it would now be known as Ballybit 'Small.'

However, what is of importance at the moment is the prospect of a forthcoming auction of 39.3ac of good land in the area. It comes to market with a guide price of €10,000/ac.

Ballybit Big is 11 miles from Carlow town on the N81, midway between Tullow and Rathvilly.

According to Matthew Conry, of selling agents Dawsons Auctioneers, the land is of very good quality and well fenced with a natural water supply. Currently under grass, it comes with good road frontage and is suitable for tillage or grazing.

Land in the area has sold well in the past number of months and, depending on the size of the parcel, has been making more than €10,000/ac.

Mr Conry is confident the land will make its guide when it goes to auction at the offices of Dawsons Auctioneers, Tullow, at 3pm on Friday.

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