Sixmilebridge priced at €600k
An asking price of €600,000 has been set by the GVM Marts Group for its Sixmilebridge Mart site.
The Co Limerick-based sales group closed its marts in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, and Rathkeale, Co Limerick, before Christmas and is now in the process of selling the two facilities.
PJ Buckley, chief executive of GVM, confirmed that the decision to cease trading at both locations will not be reversed.
"There is an asking price of €600,000 on Sixmilebridge. We will be putting the property on the market by private treaty within the next week and will be selling to the highest bidder," he said.
He confirmed that part of the property at Rathkeale -- where the calf sales were previously held -- has already been sold to a local buyer and the balance, comprising the cattle section, will be on the market within a week.
It has emerged that a group of local farmers and business people are considering buying and reopening the Co Clare facility. A study group, comprising a solicitor, an accountant and a financial advisor, each of whom have farming interests in the area, are to work with farmer representatives to assess the viability of the plan.
A farmer delegation from Sixmilebridge, led by parish priest Fr Harry Bohan, recently met with GVM management.
The delegation reported to a meeting of more than 200 farmers at Sixmilebridge that an option for farmers in the area to lease the mart was ruled out by GVM management.