Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Snap up holding where Reagan's roots reside

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The Tipperary village of Ballyporeen, like Dunganstown in Wexford and Moneygall in Offaly, is famous for its claim to be the ancestral parish of an American president.

Ronald Reagan traced his roots back to this locality and if any of his descendants want to own a piece of the auld ancestral sod they might just put on their wellies and walk a 115ac farm in the townland of Lisfucheon.

This large working farm with an extensive farmyard and €22,000 in entitlements is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €7,500/ac.

Located at Lisfuncheon, one-and-a-half miles from the village of Ballyporeen and seven miles from Mitchelstown and Cahir, the land is nestled between the Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains.

It is described by Tony Barry of selling agents Barry Auctioneers, Cork, as a fine grassland farm that, in the main, is in excellent condition.

All in one block, the farm has limited road frontage but is served by an extensive farmyard that includes a three-bay double-sided slatted shed with calving pen, a five-bay loose-bedded shed, a silage pit and a range of outhouses.


Owned by the same family since the 1960s, the farm is currently worked as a commercial suckler unit and is set out in one 115ac sheltered block.

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The ground is laid out in a mix of paddocks and fields that gently slope back towards the Knockmealdown Mountains.

This is the best part of the farm and is all in grass.

About 90ac is of good quality, while the remaining 20ac is in need of drainage and some general farm husbandry.

According to Mr Barry, land sales in the area are rare so he believes this property is likely to generate a steady level of interest, particularly from dairy farmers in the locality who may be keen to expand.

If all goes to plan, maybe one of the Reagans of California might just come a calling.

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