Locals set for ‘royal’ sale

The estate agent says a 73ac Clonalvy block will attract interest from local farmers and insists the €10k guide is ‘realistic price’

The land is said to be some of the best top-quality, free-draining soil in the Royal County
The land is said to be some of the best top-quality, free-draining soil in the Royal County

Jim O’Brien

A 73AC block of land at Clonalvy, Co Meath, three miles from The Naul, five from Ballyboughal and within shouting distance of Dublin Airport is located in what the 1864 Griffiths Valuation concluded was some of the best land in the country.

Phillip Byrne, of selling agents Coonan's Maynooth, is selling this former dairy farm as an ideal dual-purpose farm. “There's no doubt but it's the best of land,” said Mr Byrne. “It is top-quality, free-draining soil. Up to 50ac is currently under a crop of maize.”

The property is located on an elevated site surrounded by mature trees and hedgerows, and has its own water supply. It is serviced by a central, hardcore road, leading to a farmyard with a 16-bay double-slatted shed, collecting facilities, some silage bases, a weighbridge and an old disused milking parlour.

According to Mr Byrne, the current owner bought the property for its milk quota in 2002 but he is now selling the farm. In the intervening years, the holding was used to grow cereals and fodder.

There is more than 800m of road frontage and, given the elevation and magnificent views from the farm, it would make an ideal residential site subject to planning permission.

The property is to be sold in the entire or in two lots. Lot one consists of 25ac, including the road frontage of 800m, while lot two includes 48ac and the farmyard. Lot three is the entire holding.

Local farmer interest is expected to dominate the sale. Land recently brought to market in this region has, in the main, been bought by active, local farmers.

“Farm families who sold well during the boom and didn't lose on investments a back with a vengeance,” said Mr Byrne.

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For sale by auction on November 3 at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, Swords, Co Dublin, by auctioneers, Coonan Real Estate, the Clonalvy property is being guided at €10,000/ac.

“This is a realistic price,” claimed Mr Byrne,

“It's the best farm to come on the market in this area this year.” No idle boast for a November auction.

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