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Friday 15 December 2017

Prime land in Golden Vale to fetch €10K/acJim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

When land at Adare, Co Limerick comes up for sale every farmer in the county takes notice. Indeed, if recent sales in the area are anything to go by, so does every farmer in Kerry.

With this in mind, the sale of 140ac of grazing land at Mondellihy, Adare, will certainly spark more than a few enquiries.

Located just off the N21 Limerick to Tralee road, on the eastern fringes of Adare, the lands are bounded by a bend on the meandering Maigue and by a stretch of the old railway line that headed west.

While there is access to the property, there is no road frontage.

The 140ac are part of a much larger 400ac farm, the balance of which is being maintained by the owner who wants to downsize.

I know this part of the country well. What's more I know this farm well; I worked on it when it was the property of a certain Commander Fitzgerald, a descendant of the Knight of Kerry.

One summer, in the late 1970s my father gave me the loan of a Ferguson 65 and a finger bar mower and let me off to earn a few bob topping fields and cutting weeds. I spent about three weeks topping Mondellihy.

LIMESTONE

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The land is fine, well drained, limestone ground, typical of the sort found at the heart of the Golden Vale, according to Pat Kearney of Rooney auctioneers.

"Anywhere you have a big house you have good land," he remarks.

In its heyday as an estate Modellihy annually played host to a dozen yearlings sent by Captain Charles Moore, racing manager at the Royal Stud in England, who dispatched the young animals to the limestone fields of Adare to strengthen their bones.

The farm is laid out in easily managed fields divided by good fencing.

To a young lad on a Ferguson 65 these fields appeared like prairies where I and my trusty machine roamed, day in and day out, levelling all before us.

The property is being guided at €1.4m or €10,000/ac.

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