It's Tally-Ho's for €3.5m in Westmeath
Some big-name equestrian interests were in the hunt for a notable Westmeath holding last week but it eventually sold to a local couple
Claremont Farm near Milltownpass, Co Westmeath, a 383ac estate with a Victorian house and farmyard, was bought at auction last week for €3.5m by Tony and Anne O'Callaghan of the nearby and renowned Tally-Ho Stud.
According to auctioneer Paul Murtagh, the O'Callaghans fought off stiff opposition from some of the big equestrian players on both sides of the border.
The farm was for centuries in the ownership of the Ronaldson family, the last occupant being the noted horseman and bloodstock breeder Cecil Ronaldson.
"We have been watching this for years and we had no intention of letting it go," said Mr O'Callaghan who was delighted with his purchase.
"It's less than two miles from us, we couldn't let it pass," he said. Mr O'Callaghan described the ground as the best of land although he remarked that the yard needs a lot of work.
"We bought it for the land and we intend to use it as a stud farm," he said, "that's what we do."
Tally-Ho stud is a successful consignor of yearlings to the major Irish and English sales.
The property includes the main dwelling, a Victorian building in need of extensive repair.