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Meath farm being offered in lots for €7,000 to €8,000/ac

A 29ac farm with a derelict residence and outhouses located three miles from Mountnugent, Co Meath, and seven miles from Oldcastle is coming to auction in two lots with a guide of €7,000-8,000/ac.

The two parcels of undulating pasture are intersected by a small country road in an historic location close to the shores of Lough Sheelin.

The property has been in the Cleary family for generations and while let for a number of years the ground has been well cared for by the tenants and is in good heart.

The land is in old pasture and benefit from considerable frontage on to two minor roads.

They are well sheltered with no waste.

The farm will be sold in two lots, a 9ac piece and a 20ac parcel divided by a country road and adjoining a cul de sac.

The 20ac parcel is laid out in four fields and serviced by mains water, while the 9ac piece is laid out in three divisions of old pasture and also benefits from road frontage and frontage onto a cul de sac. There is no mains water to the 9ac piece.

According to Trim-based auctioneer Thomas Potterton, both lots would be ideal residential holdings, subject of course to planning consent from the county council.

Ancient

In an historical aside, Mr Potterton said that the land is situated beside the ancient village of Ross on the southern side of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin.

The nearby Ross Castle owes its origins to Richard Nugent, the 12th Baron of Delvin, who built the castle in 1533.

However, it was destroyed in the Battle of Finea during the Cromwelllian conquest a little more than 100 years later.

The tower and some of the outbuildings were rebuilt in the 19th century, and in the mid-20th century David Nugent was responsible for renovating and refurbishing the castle, which now operates as a bed and breakfast.

The land is now waiting to be conquered by a new owner and will be sold at auction at the Property Exchange, Trim, at 3pm on Tuesday, April 17.

Jim O'Brien

Indo Farming