Farm Ireland

Saturday 23 June 2018

Small holdings with some big possibilities

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Smaller parcels of ground are the mainstay of the farmland market and among the pieces for sale at the moment is a 34ac holding all in one block at Garrymore, Geashill in Co Offaly. It is on the private treaty market with a guide of €170,000.

Located 6.5km from Mountmellick, and 16km from Tullamore the place is described by John Dunne of Portlaoise selling agents Hume Auctioneers as a magnificent holding in one parcel.

Much of the land is in good condition with some requiring attention. However, the holding is surrounded by excellent farms.

A semi-derelict stone cottage with electricity on the property might be of assistance should a new buyer wish to apply for planning permission.


Staying in Laois and moving east to Ballybrittas where Portarlington auctioneer Matt Dunne is handling the sale of a 12ac residential holding guided at €350,000.

The property includes a detached bungalow, 8,000sqft of outbuildings and 12ac of arable land. According to Mr Dunne the property is suitable for commercial or equestrian use.

The village of Ballybrittas is on the old N7 between Monasterevin and Emo with easy access to the M7.

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Mr Dunne says the land is comprised of 12 acres of excellent arable ground currently in stubbles that could be reseeded and paddocked making it ready for any farming or equine activity. The property has extensive road frontage onto the old N7.

The outbuildings are comprised of four hay barns which could easily be converted into storage/warehouse. In total the yard contains 8,000sqft of multiple outbuildings that are also ideal for any commercial enterprise.


Moving south to Athy in Co Kildare Jordan Auctioneers are handling the sale of what they call "a strategic development site" at Woodstock South, Athy.

Located about 600m to the west of the town centre and just off the N81 the 7ac property with a derelict two-storey residence is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €400,000. Adjoining occupiers include Minch Malt, Tegral, Woodstock Industrial Estate and the Athy Business Campus.

The site extends to approximately 7ac and adjoins William Street Upper along its south eastern boundary and on the western boundary it fronts an access road to Woodstock Industrial Estate and Athy Business Campus. There is frontage of approximately 170m onto the N78 and 220m to the Industrial Estate access road.

The site is zoned 'retail/ commercial' in the Athy Development Plan 2012-2018 and has full planning permission for a 3,575sqm retail store granted in 2014.

Tenders for purchase are to be submitted to the offices of Arthur Cox, Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 no later than 3pm on Thursday, May 5.

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