Value added holdings in Mayo
It's a good time for buyers to lay hands on smaller plots of land in all parts of the country. In Co Mayo auctioneer Karl Fox of Fox and Gallagher, Ballina has a wide selection of smaller land pieces ready for the market as the spring begins to get into its stride.
Two of the pieces being sold benefited from one of the more positive legacies of the tiger years.
At the height of the boom many builders who were farmers' sons and daughters hankered after land and often bought parcels of ground sparing nothing on them in terms of investment and improvements.
They did to their land what their parents would have loved to have done at the home place, had they the money.
Many farms coming on the market since the boom are holdings with great work done in terms of ploughing, reseeding, fencing, drainage and gates.
A 12ac parcel of ground on banks of Carrowkerribla Lough at Attymass 6km from Ballina is a piece of land that benefited from such investment. It was brought back from wilderness by its owner and treated with great care and attention to detail.
"The place is unique," says Karl Fox.
"It has a mile of road frontage on to a side road between Ballina and Foxford and mile of lake frontage.