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Sunday 19 November 2017

Small holdings in Laois and Kilkenny expected to spark interest

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A premium continues to be paid throughout the country for smaller parcels of good land and two such properties have come on the market recently in Laois and Kilkenny.

Laois auctioneer William Mansfield is handling the sale of 15ac of grassland with zoning close to the lovely village of Durrow.

Located on the Abbeyleix road out of Durrow, the elevated piece of ground is in permanent pasture and described as being in an excellent state of fertility. It comes with 270m of road frontage and is zoned for enterprise and employment.

While the land would suit a wide range of uses, Mr Mansfield believes the primary customers will be farmers and is guiding the sale price at between €180,000 and €200,000 or between €12,000 and €14,000/ac. The property will be sold at auction at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co Laois at 3pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Meanwhile, across the border in Kilkenny a 27ac farm at Croan, Danesfort is expected to sell well when it comes to auction at the end of the month. Located five miles from Kilkenny and one mile off the M9 to Waterford, the land comes with outline planning permission for two houses.

Laid out in two fields, the property is described by auctioneer Ed Donohoe as suitable for a range of uses including agricultural, equestrian or development.

While the existence of planning permission on the property may be attractive to some customers, its farming value will again be the main draw. Mr Donohoe is quoting a guide of between €10,000 and €12,000/ac.

The farm goes to auction at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny at 3pm on Friday, September 27.

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