Lee Valley 'gem' of a farm could hit €15,000/acre

I have always wondered where the Co Cork village of Dripsey got its name and after some less than exhaustive research I discovered the name comes from the Irish 'Druipseach' meaning 'muddy river'.

Indeed two rivers dominate the area, the great River Lee and the Dripsey, the muddy river itself.

Characterised by good fertile land the area is renowned farming country and also a very scenic spot with great views over the Lee Valley.

A 35ac farm at Cromody, Dripsey is described by auctioneer Dan Fleming as "a beautiful piece of ground" and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €12,000 to €15,000/ac.

Dripsey is located about 20km west of Cork city on the R618, it is the home of Dripsey Castle, built in the 15th Century by the McCarthys of Muskerry to defend their lands. The farm in question was surely once part of the prized McCarthy possessions and comes with good road frontage and no buildings. "All you have here is good land - end of story," says Mr Fleming. "It's a gem of a place, in great condition, the real thing."

Located north of the River Lee the holding is all in grass in one block and divided into paddocks.

The place is for sale by private treaty and Mr Fleming has no doubt but it will make between €12,000 and €15,000/ac.

"This is top class farming country and it is rarely that parcels of land come to the market around here. I expect lively interest," he added.

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