Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Large Offaly farm ideal for farmers

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

As March beckons, the auction season is hotting up and larger holdings are beginning to feature on the market.

A substantial 109ac roadside farm at Rooske, Edenderry, Co Offaly, will be auctioned later in the month with a guide of €900,000 (just over €8,000/ac).

Located 1.5 miles from Edenderry, near the village of Castlejordan on the Offaly/Meath/ Kildare border, the land is part of a 239ac farm.

The main portion of the property, 130ac along with the yard and buildings, was sold a few years ago, but the 109ac section is what remains and comes with no built structures, aside from a derelict cottage with an electricity supply.

The land is all in grass, bounded by the River Boyne and laid out in 11 fields.

According to auctioneer Donal Byrne, of Eugene Byrne and Sons in Edenderry, the land is good quality but some could do with drainage.

"It's a fine block of land, all together in one place and while people associate this part of the country with bog, there is no bog in this land," said Mr Byrne.

"Some of the ground might need a bit of drainage but the infrastructure for this is all in place, it just needs attention."

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Mr Byrne says he expects local farmers to be keen and believes the guide reflects the current price for land like this.

The auction will be held at the Oakwood Inn, Edenderry at 3pm on Wednesday, March 28.

Jim O'Brien

Indo Farming