Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Versatile 69ac Laois farm expected to bring broad appeal

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Some of the best land in Co Laois is found around Ballacolla where the ground is generally suitable for tillage and grazing.

With that in mind, a 69.5ac residential farm in the townland of Killermogh will attract a range of buyers when it comes to auction later this month. The farm will be offered in lots and as an entire and comes with a guide price of €10,000/ac.

Located one mile from Ballacolla, three miles from Durrow, six miles from Abbeyleix and eight miles from Ballyragget, the farm is described by auctioneer Joseph Coogan as top quality agricultural ground. At present, 22.5ac are under a crop of maize, a further 10ac is in root crops, with the remainder in permanent pasture.

The residence on the farm is a perfectly habitable four-bedroom bungalow built in the 1970s but upgraded since then to include PVC windows and central heating. Other accommodation includes a kitchen, sitting room and bathroom.

The farmyard, although dated, comes with a range of useful sheds including a cow house, haybarn with lean-to and cattle handling facilities. The land is in good heart, is well fenced and watered and enjoys substantial road frontage throughout.

The property will be offered at auction in a number of lots. Lot one will comprise of a parcel of 10ac, with 57ac making up a further section. The final lot will include the bungalow and farmyard on 2.5ac. The bungalow and farmyard will also be offered on 59.5ac.

"This is a powerful farm," said Mr Coogan.

He expects a lively auction when the property comes for sale at the Auction Rooms, Ballycomey House, Castlecomber, Co Kilkenny on Friday, September 27 at 3pm.

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A week later Mr Coogan is bringing to auction a 47ac farm located at Ballyouskill, Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny.

Located four miles from Ballinakill in Co Laois and five miles from Ballyragget the farm comes with a guide price of €5,000/ac. Mr Coogan explains that access to the farm is by a 30-yard laneway. "The absence of road frontage means the overall per acre cost is lower," he said.

Laid out in eight fields, the land is described as prime agricultural ground suitable for any farming enterprise. Farm buildings include a three-span haybarn with lean-to and other cattle accommodation while the yard also includes an old single storey stone dwelling in need of total repair.

The farm will be sold at auction on Friday, October 4 at 3pm at the Auction Rooms, Ballycomey House, Castlecomer.

Irish Independent