Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Grange 85ac featuring derelict house exceeds €9k/ac

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A farm extending to 85ac with a derelict house and yard situated at Grange, Dunlavin, on the Wicklow/Kildare border, sold at auction last week for €775,000 or just over €9,000/ac.

Located 2km from Dunlavin, the farm is made up of good quality ground laid out in a number of manageable divisions that are bounded by mature hedgerow and serviced by a central farm roadway. Currently in tillage, the ground could be turned to any farming enterprise.

Subject to planning permission, the derelict residence and yard could smooth the path to the development for a residence, said Phillip Byrne of Maynooth auctioneers Coonans.

The auction opened at €650,000 and with three bidders in the frame the price climbed to €720,000.

The property was put on the market at €725,000 but the hammer finally fell at €775,000 when the property sold to a local man.


Staying in Leinster, a spacious two-storey farmhouse set on 16ac of fine land at Gneevebawn, Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath was withdrawn from auction last week after a sole bid of €200,000 on the residence and five acres.

The four-bedroom house on an elevated site is finished to a high standard, while the yard includes a block of six new stables, eight loose boxes, a sand arena and a haybarn.

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The lands are laid out in four neat, tidy, and well sheltered divisions with water laid on. The property came with a guide price of €380,000.

Selling agents Murtagh Brothers, Mullingar and joint agents Pat Gavin, Rochfortbridge offered the property in lots and as an entire. There were no bids on the entire and no bids on a lot extending to 11ac of land.

The house on 5ac attracted a bid of €200,000. Local auctioneer Paul Murtagh was disappointed with the outcome but said that serious negotiations are ongoing for the house and five acres.


Meanwhile, a 38ac tillage farm located three miles from Waterford city centre at Gyles Quay, Ferrybank, was withdrawn from auction this week after one bid of €200,000.

The parcel of tillage ground looks southward across the River Suir at Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort.

According to David Shee, 32ac of the land is the best of arable ground sloping down to the banks of the Suir, while the remaining six acres are taken up with old stone farm buildings and railway line embankment.

With extensive river frontage and generous road frontage, along with a range of disused stone farm buildings, the property was expected to draw much local interest.

Mr Shee is in active negotiation with the sole bidder.

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