The road between Portlaoise and Abbeyleix is still busy even though the nearby M7/8 motorway takes the bulk of the traffic.
However, anyone with an eye for good land will be tempted to take a diversion off the main road to view a fine farm of land for sale between the two Co Laois towns.
Joe Coogan's auction signs on the road frontage of a 131ac farm at Colt, Ballyroan have undoubtedly caused more than one passer by to slow down and take a look. Even from a distance, the place has all the signs of good husbandry.
From the neat fencing, to the Teutonic precision of the drains that run along the lower parts of the property, this farm has the appearance of efficient management.
The farm was worked as dairy unit for close to 27 years. It comes with a 12-unit milking parlour, a round-roofed barn with cubicle accommodation for 112 cattle and excellent cattle handling facilities.
Other buildings and facilities include a workshop, four silage pits a lofted stone shed and a series of stone buildings and a cattle crush and pens.
The farmhouse, a two storey early 20th century structure with PVC windows and solid fuel central heating, is structurally sound but needs internal renovation.
As I walked around the farm one of the noticeable features was the manner in which the gates were hung to perfection and the paddocks expertly fenced.
The grazing ground is firm underfoot and the rich sward of grass rippled in the strong breeze of a bracing April day as I looked down to a seven-acre section of forestry in the lower section of the ground.
The farm will be sold at auction in a variety of lots - one of these is a 42ac section fronting onto the main Portlaoise and Raheen roads.
Another lot comprises 56ac of pasture and 7ac of forestry along with the old farmhouse and outbuildings.
A further 26ac, across the Raheen road from the farmyard, makes up a third lot, while the entire 131ac will also be offered.
The property will be sold at public auction at the offices of Joseph Coogan in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny at 3pm on Friday, May 15. A guide price of €10,000/ac is being quoted.