Midlands farm set to change hands for first time in 246 years
A 71.5ac farm in the same family for 246 years in Co Offaly is to come under the hammer of auctioneer Matt Dunne over the next few weeks.
Records show that a Mr Hugh Kelly lived on land located at Ballinakill, Walsh Island as far back as 1770.
The farm is still in the Kelly name but this will more than likely come to an end at the executor sale of the property to be conducted by auctioneer Matt Dunne.
The land will be sold in lots with a collective guide price of €330,000.
"Unfortunately dynasties such as this come to an end sometime, but every grey cloud has a silver lining and this now gives young farmers in the area a 'rare opportunity' to extend their existing holding," said Mr Dunne.
The auctioneer describes the land as surprisingly good, "being so close to the bog one would expect the land to be marginal and peaty - but , on the contrary, every inch of this land has been ploughed over the years with great results," said Mr Dunne.
The vendor, Joseph Kelly, had been in poor health for some time, and the land was mainly rented for the past 10 years.