Architect-design residence on 30ac in Westmeath for €750,000
The Bawn is a detached, single storey modern residence with unique features sitting on 31ac of tillage land at Knockmant, Killucan in Co Westmeath.
The Bawn is a detached, single storey modern residence with unique features sitting on 31ac of tillage land at Knockmant, Killucan in Co Westmeath.
The green and white flags flutter from every pole and gatepost in west Limerick these days. My journeys last week took me through Adare,...
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One of the finest farms to make its way on to the market in the north midlands for some time has to be an 83ac roadside holding at Collierstown between Ballymahon and Ballymore in Westmeath.
Stokestown House near New Ross in Wexford is an early-19th-century period residence with gate lodge on 82ac situated by the banks of the Barrow as it meanders to the sea.
Lismore in Co Waterford is one of the hidden gems of the country. Built around one of the best preserved and most picturesque castles in Ireland, it has the feel of English and French villages that grew up around the local great house or château.
While the land market in north Leinster has been slow to kick off this year, Murtagh Bros Mullingar have a flurry of auctions coming up.
A GROWING north-south divide is the story from the auction rooms during the first five months of 2019. Sales in Munster and south Leinster continue to be buoyant, while auction sales have all but collapsed north of a line between Dublin and Galway.
A 55ac farm at Ballykean, Geashill in Co Offaly made up of excellent arable land and a derelict cottage is coming to public auction with a guide price of €10,000/ac.
Tipperary hurling tails are up and rumour has it that All-Ireland tickets are already being promised and traded, such is the confidence in the Premier destiny of 2019.
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On one of the recent fine days I crossed the bridge at Killaloe, and with the car windows down I climbed the road from Ballina to Portroe in Co Tipperary and on to the lovely village of Ballycommon, where the local thatched restaurant was bustling with custom.
In an auction that Clive Kavanagh of Jordans described as 'a flyer', a residential farm on 79ac near the village of Rathnure in Wexford sold in its entirety for €1.5m, making almost €19,000/ac.
There are signs that the heat may be going out of the land market in south Tipperary.
If the boom in southern dairy land prices continues, three substantial farms on the market in Cork will find lively custom.
A young couple from the Silvermines area of north Tipperary are the proud owners of a compact 54ac residential holding just across the M7near Ballycommon with fine views of Lough Derg.
German manufacturer Vogelsang is launching the BackPac2, a special system for umbilical slurry application with working widths up to 30 meters.
Last week found me traipsing around south Tipperary, where I came across Castlegrace, a complex and historic 120ac Quaker property that has been in the Grubb family for over 200 years.
Adare in Co Limerick has been particularly fertile hunting ground for Tom Crosse and GVM auctioneers over the last year.
A 99ac farm with a Georgian house that has been in the one family for 300 years is about to come on the market
A Meath estate on 358ac of grass and tillage was withdrawn from auction during the week after being bid to €9.5m.
The notion of having a house with a few acres on the outskirts of the city is the dream of many a Dublin resident with roots in the land.
An 80ac residential farm in Cork sold at auction last week, making €1.205m or €15,000/ac.
A 110ac non-residential farm at Whitefields, Beaufort, near Killarney in Kerry, sold at auction last week, making €1.925m or a strong €17,500/ac.
A number of substantial rural properties remain on the market and, with price readjustment, represent good value.
It is only right that we should be exercised about the €2.6bn public price tag being quoted for the rollout of broadband to rural areas. It is a lot of money.
The Midlands North West is one constituency for the European Parliament elections and is also the home of Irish country music.
A 72ac section of the Kilmurray Estate with a renovated gate lodge at Thomastown Co Kilkenny sold under the hammer last week, making €860,000, just short of €12,000 per acre.
With very little Meath farmland on the market so far this year, the sale of an 85.8ac tillage farm near Navan was expected to give an indication as to what sort of prices might be expected in the Royal County in 2019.
A rare and substantial mix of land located where the Greater Dublin area meets farming country is for sale just outside Newbridge in Kildare.
Prumplestown House on 298ac near Castledermot in Kildare sold in lots for €4.87m at auction last week. The sale, conducted by John Dawson of Tullow, with joint agents Collier International, saw the property make an average of over €16,300/ac.
East Cork land is valued ground and dairy farmers in the area will be closely watching the progress of an 80ac residential farm at Coneybeg, Watergrasshill.
The sale of a 123ac farm at Lisnagaul near Bansha in Tipperary will mark the end of an era in farming for the O'Brien family.
Last week, I found myself in Roscommon at a substantial c167ac farm at Ballinaheglish, about 15km west of the county town. The holding, with a good range of farm buildings, was once the property of the Franciscan Order and is for sale with a guide price of €1.4m.
Cloneyhurke House near Portarlington in Co Offaly is a beautiful two-storey over basement Georgian house fully restored and standing on 56ac of land.
The auction season continues to get busier, albeit at a steadier pace than recent years. This week sees a number of smaller properties go to auction in the Leinster region.
A 68ac residential grass farm with a range of impressive farm facilities at Cloghera near Clonlara in Co Clare will be sold at auction tomorrow in an executor sale guided at €8,000/ac.
Prumplestown House near Castledermot in Co Kildare was built as a hunting lodge by the Dukes of Leinster.
Everyone likes to be on the side of underdog. In Ireland, our passion for the 'small man' burns a molten red when land is involved.
The day after I visited Castleshane Stud near Adare in Co Limerick, I realised I had cut silage there in my youth. At that time it was a beef and dairy farm but has since been transformed into an immaculate 74ac residential stud with state-of-the-art equestrian facilities.
Among the first Meath farms to come to the market this year is an 85.8ac tillage farm at Bohermeen near Navan. The holding will be sold at auction with a guide price of €900,000 or just over €10,000/ac.
The trend in larger farm sales seems to have slowed somewhat. As is the norm in agricultural transactions, 10ac to 50ac parcels are the constant sellers.
A 72ac section of the Kilmurry Estate at Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, is coming to auction. The property includes pasture, woodland and a fully renovated two bedroom gate lodge, which can be sold separately on 0.5ac. The entire is guided at €800,000.
A 49ac elevated farm overlooking the Lakes of Killarney is up for private treaty after being withdrawn from auction last week. It was guided pre-auction at €490,000, but on the day was withdrawn after one bid of €360,000.
After a slow start to the sales year, farms are coming on to the market big and fast.
One of the biggest fields in Ireland, covering around 100ac, is part of a top class 358ac tillage estate on the market in Meath with an €11m price tag.
Two pieces of ground in Kildare, one on the banks of the Liffey near Clane and another at the village of Kilshanroe near Carbury, sold at auction last week, making €550,000 and €272,000 respectively .
Last week I took myself south-west to the Kingdom of Kerry and a beautiful farm at Beaufort just outside Killarney, in the shadow of the mighty Macgillycuddy Reeks.
In the top auction of the year so far, a 42ac farm on the western edge of the picturesque Adare village in Co Limerick sold at auction last week making a per-acre price of €23,095 and an overall figure of €970,000.
Rural properties come in all shapes and sizes, but it is rare that a GAA pitch comes on the market.
Jack Fitzsimons died in 2014 aged 84. The son of a farm labourer, he went on to become an architect, a prolific writer and a member of Seanad Éireann.
Land sales in North Dublin are a rarity, says Frank Flynn of Robert B Daly auctioneers.
A scarcity of land and strong prices have been the two standout trends in the farmland market for the first quarter of 2019.
A recent East Cork auction saw an agent representing an adjoining dairy farmer enter the race late in the day and buy a 70ac farm for €655,000.
Change is inevitable and rarely easy. Its import often only dawns on us some time after it happens.
A 54ac farm near Hackballscross, Dundalk in Co Louth is on the private treaty market with a guide price close to €600,000. The non-residential farm is situated on the border, with a drain dividing it from the North.
A 212ac residential property with extensive farm buildings at Kilcotty, Enniscorthy in Co Wexford sold in five lots at public auction recently, making a total of €2.78m.
Travelling to South Tipperary last Friday it felt like a May morning rather than late March. The sun was making gallant attempts to break through a strong mist and the hint of blue in the fog was a sure sign that it had the makings of a great day.
A house by the sea is the dream of many, and a farm by the sea would be the icing on the cake for anyone who wants to make their living while breathing the salt sea air.
There is always a steady trade in smaller land portions in Mayo, with plenty of customers for good ground.
A 140ac farm at Doonass, Clonlara, Co Clare - just 12 miles from Limerick city - is back on the market and under offer with a guide price of €1.25m.
Big farms continue to make big prices in the south and a 246ac residential, grass, equine and tillage farm at Clonegal near Bunclody in Co Wexford sold after auction recently - making in excess of its closing bid of €2.4m.
When a friend rings and asks if you have a minute to talk, you know it is serious. Your head goes into overdrive and, to paraphrase Hillary Clinton, you find yourself mentally rummaging through the basket of deplorable possibilities that make life difficult.
Tipperary accounted for some of the bigger farms and the bigger prices paid at auction last year.
Prospective buyers from as far away as Wicklow were among those chasing a 220ac residential farm at Faha near Kilmacthomas in Co Waterford which sold at auction last week for €2.6m, over €11,800/ac.
Bigger farms continue to dominate the agricultural land market.
A 175ac farm at Ballyvarra near Mullinahone in Co Tipperary, on the market for some time, has seen a flurry of interest of late.
A 93ac residential farm at Coolmanagh, Hacketstown, Co Carlow is coming to auction with a guide price in the region of €900,000, or between €8,000 and €10,000/ac.
East Cork is home to some great land, and a 70ac farm at Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe is surrounded by plenty of it.
Property in the greater Dublin area and in the counties bordering the capital continues to make good money.
Some of the most expensive land in the country is to be found in and around Adare, about 20km west of Limerick city.
Tristan Kingston of Hodnett Forde, Clonakilty is handling the sale of a 28ac non-residential farm holding at Clooncugger, Caheragh 15 minutes from both Skibbereen and Drimoleague in West Cork. The private treaty sale is guided at €200,000, or about €7,000/ac
I rarely pass an opportunity to visit a property with a bit of character and on Friday I travelled with Niamh Madden of Sherry FitzGerald O'Toole Madden to Eyrecourt, Co Galway to look at a glebe house on 22ac.
While February might not be regarded as the prime time to walk land a compact 60ac residential farm at Davidstown, Rathconrath in Co Westmeath on the private treaty market and guided at €450,000 is well worth a look.
A 91ac residential farm at Blackwater, between Enniscorthy and Wexford, sold under the hammer last week making €1.42m - €420,000 more than its guide price and more than €15,600/ac.
The auction season has started with a bang in Co Cork, where a 46.2ac holding with a derelict dwelling and a habitable chalet at Knockadooma, Templemartin near Bandon made €840,000, or €18,181/ac.
The supply of letting land has hit a record low and prices have climbed as high as €350/ac for grazing and up to €600/ac for potato ground.
Unlike most regions on the western seaboard, north Kerry has a thriving dairy sector and is of course home to the Kerry Group, one of the most successful food companies in the world. The global player began its life in Listowel.
Land sales are slowly cranking into action after the seasonal lull and a selection of good quality small to medium-sized farms are now on the market in Leinster.
Boltown Hall at Kilskyre near Kells in Co Meath is a 19th-century home fully renovated by its current owners.
Last year's land market was characterised by the sale of larger farms.
One of the first Wexford auctions of the year takes place in early February with the sale of a 91ac residential farm at Blackwater, between Enniscorthy and Wexford. The executor sale is guided at €1m.
Since the time of Brian Boru the banks of Lough Derg have hosted a combination of natives and newcomers, from Vikings to home-grown blow-ins. This is especially true of those parts of the lakeshore located within shouting distance of Nenagh and Limerick.
Fermoy auctioneer Mick Barry handled the headline sale of the year in 2018 when he sold a 101ac farm on the outskirts of Cork for €58,000/ac.
Munster land proved to be the most expensive in the country in the auction rooms of 2018. As the 2019 auction season gets under way, Waterford is out of the traps early with the upcoming sale of a 220ac residential farm in the middle of the county at Faha near Kilmacthomas.
Land prices remained steady in 2018 despite a year of severe weather events, fodder shortages and cashflow problems, not to mention the spectre of a no-deal Brexit.
South Leinster continues to be the prime place in Ireland to own or sell farmland, it remains an expensive spot for the buyer. This year the region was ahead in all the land indicators but was knocked back into second place by Munster in the per-acre stakes.
The land sale figures for North Leinster in 2018 tell a stark tale. The amount of land sold under the hammer at 2,421ac was down 17.5pc on 2017 while the amount of money generated by sales was back 33.5pc. The 2018 per-acre price slipped from €12,229 to €9,860 or 21pc below the 2017 level.
For the first time since these auction surveys began, the per-acre price for land is highest in the southern province at €14,292/ac, beating south Leinster land by over €700/ac and marking an increase of 25pc on the price per acre achieved in the province last year.
Farm sales in Connacht and Ulster were more than buoyant with all indicators on the ascendant apart from the average per acre price that fell somewhat.
In a previous life I used to spend two weeks of every summer on the Dingle Peninsula in the Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne. It left me with sweet memories and an abiding love of the language. It seems almost strange to be writing about the sale of land in such a magical place.
One of the joys of this job is the range of lovely place names I come across.
A compact 63.5ac residential farm at Garranard near Crossmolina, Co Mayo, sold at auction last week, making €437,000 or €37,000 over its guide.
The 2018 property season ended on a solid note with the sale of two farms at auction in Meath
This year has seen quite a number of Waterford farms on the market and all fetching good prices. This is no surprise as the home of the Déise is also home to a strong farming sector from the mountains to the sea.
It is hard to know where to begin when describing CareBright, a social care enterprise based in rural Limerick employing 250 staff and caring for 800 people, the vast majority of whom live in their own homes.
The current TV advertisements for the Lotto feature a 'winner' seeking to spend some of his new-found fortune on an island shopping spree.
If you're looking for a dream property on a compact farm within shouting distance of the capital, then Belfield House on 41ac at Kilpedder in Wicklow could be the place.
Co Meath was once criss-crossed by railway lines until the arrival of the motor car and bus service put paid to its viability. It may be called back into service sooner than we think.
The Deeps is the intriguing name given to a regency villa located near Crossabeg in Wexford, between Enniscorthy and Wexford town. Set on 48ac of grassland and woodland, and with frontage on to the tidal end of the Slaney, the renovated villa is for sale by private treaty. Selling agents Savills are guiding the price at €850,000.
At Carhue, 5km from Bandon, Ernest Forde is handling the sale of a 42ac residential farm with a range of dated but useful outbuildings.
It was raining with a vengeance as I made my way up across the country to Delvin in Westmeath. As they would say, it was a day for the fire and the last thing a fella would want to be doing is walking land. Even a 103ac farm wouldn't be sufficient to entice one to put on the wellies and fog up the specs.
It's been a very busy second half of the year in land sales for John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, Clonakilty.
As the year draws in there are mixed results in the auction rooms. From the north midlands to the Golden Vale, the gavel is falling but not as frequently or as swiftly as it did earlier in the year.
A 95ac residential farm at Garthy, Castletown Geoghegan, Co Westmeath sold at auction last week, making €730,000.
Smaller residential and non-residential farms continue to be attractive to farmers and non-farmers alike.
Cork land continues to command a premium and a 117ac residential farm at Ballylegan, Glanworth, in the Rebel County sold after auction last week, making between €13,500 and €14,000/ac.
Eamon McElligott is a young man in a hurry. At the tender age of 25 he runs the oil distribution business he inherited from his father, and has just taken over the running of a pub. However, while he is passionate about his homeplace, his business and his community, all around him he is faced with rural decline.
Dawson auctioneers in Tullow recently sold a parcel of 52.88ac of tillage ground at Rathellen, Leighlinbridge, after auction.
Drummona House near Dundrum in Co Tipperary is a lovely Georgian property that can be bought with 13ac or 32ac. Guided at €650,000 on 13ac or €850,000 on 32ac, the property comes with a wide range of equestrian facilities and original period features.
I travelled north-west to Mayo last week, to see a farm not far from Ballina. The last time I visited that part of the country the fine summer had just begun, the sun was high in the sky and the west looked magnificent.
If you ever fancied owning a property on a peninsula, then a traditional farmhouse painted in an eye-catching blue on 5ac at Coolbawn, Blind Strand, near Courtmacsherry in West Cork could be as near as you will get.
Farmland is continuing to sell strongly with parcels large and small making strong money.
As the housing crisis shows little sign of resolution, the availability of land banks in Dublin and the greater Dublin area is a hot topic.