I have regular occasion to drive through the lovely east Galway village of Laurencetown.
Located on the road between Ballinalsoe and Portumna, it is obviously a settlement that developed around the local big house. There are some lovely cut-stone buildings and a spectacular shaded road lined with trees that becomes a veritable green tunnel at the height of the summer.
A residential farm extending to 91ac located in the heart of Laurencetown, has come on the market. Located just eight miles south of Ballinasloe and 12 miles north of Portumna, the lands will be offered for sale in several lots and come with a guide of €7,000 to €8,000/ac
According to auctioneer John Dolan, the lands around the house were regarded as prime development lands during the boom and they may still have that potential in the future.
One of the main lots is directly adjacent to the local church, close to shops and pub and just across the road from the local community hall. At present the lands are being sold for their agricultural value.
The first lot is a 26ac parcel with an abundance of road frontage.
The road frontage stretches from the village church to the main dwelling house and is fronted by a footpath. The lands are generally of good agricultural quality.
The second section comprises of the residence on one acre. The house is a detached four-bedroom bungalow with a living room, kitchen and dining room, as well as a shower room.
The house has been well maintained through the years with oil fired central heating and nice grounds to the front and rear.
There are a number of out buildings adjacent to the house including a two-bay hayshed and lean to and a large open turf shed as well as smaller sheds once used for calving and milking.
The third lot is a combination of the previous two sections.
Lot four is a 3.4ac piece across the road from the main dwelling house.
According to Mr Dolan the parcel would be ideal for the person looking for a large site located in a village and close to all amenities.
The ground is of good agricultural quality.
Lot five consists of 60ac of prime land at Redmond Hill, Laurencetown. This part of the property is located away from the main dwelling and about two miles from the village just off the Eyrecourt road.
These lands are described as top quality agricultural lands in permanent pasture and well fenced into several paddocks.
The buildings on this part of the property include a three-bay hayshed with cattle pen and crush.
The final lot comprises the entire farm of 91ac including the house and buildings.
John Dolan describes the holding as one of the finest farms to come to market in the area and he expects it to attract lively attention when it goes to auction.
The auction will take place at Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co Galway on Friday, April 25 at 3pm.