'Powerful' ground in the heart of Tipperary
Thurles means one thing to many Munster people at this time of the year - hurling. Semple Stadium is a silent cauldron as I pass on Thursday evening, but you can almost hear the roar of the phantom crowds from a century of championships Sundays as you pass by.
As a Limerick man I have a soft spot for Semple Stadium - it has been good to us, we have had days when we shone like stars there while Croke Park is a place of shattered dreams and what-might-have-beens. We'll be back in Semple on Sunday to take on the natives, a daunting prospect.
Today I'm not in Thurles for the hurling, I'm here to walk a patch of Tipperary ground that is found at Kyle, Rathmanna just 1.6km from Liberty Square and the famous Hayes' Hotel.
The 65ac residential farm is 1.6km out the Two Mile Borris Road and at the end of a short cul-de-sac. The place is to be sold by public auction with a guide price of €650,000 or €10,000/ac.
The property will be sold at the auction in The Anner Hotel on Friday, June 24 at 3pm.
The holding is reached by a short, curved avenue that is practically the continuation and terminus of the public road. This in turn leads to a traditional farmyard surrounded on three sides by the dwelling and the outhouses where I am greeted by Gerry Curtis of selling agents Herlihy Estate Agents.
We adjourn to the house, a lovely compact single-storey farmhouse in perfectly habitable condition.
The accommodation includes a hall, a comfortable living room, a sitting room, a back hall, a kitchen/dining area, a utility and a family bathroom. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, one of which is ensuite with a walk-in shower. A small box room is located next to the gable in the attic.