VIDEO: 'It’s the sort of ground you would stop to look at' - 85ac farm comes to the market in Meath
I have always been fascinated by the Co Meath placename Staholmog, I know it probably means ‘the house of Holmog’ but it sounds like a name...
I have always been fascinated by the Co Meath placename Staholmog, I know it probably means ‘the house of Holmog’ but it sounds like a name...
The North Cork parish of Boherbue, located about 8km from Kanturk, is home to two impressive...
I was in South Tipperary last week to see the lovely Landscape Stud on 91ac near the magical village of Kilsheelan. The property is coming to auction with a guide of €1.3m, writes Jim O’Brien.
I drove a Ferguson 35 for the first time in nearly 40 years last week. The machine was the little workhorse of Irish agriculture in the '60s and...
Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at €495,000.
A 92ac non-residential holding near Bailieborough in Co Cavan is the final part of the 158ac farm owned by the late and legendary NFA and IFA man Phil Reilly. It comes to auction with a guide price of €6,500/ac.
Last week saw me venture into the depths of South Tipperary to walk land and view some fine properties.
The son of former IFA President and renowned Meath dairy farmer Tom Clinton bought a neighbouring 105ac farm last week for €960,000 or just over €9,000/ac. The sale price beat the pre-auction guide by €110,000.
A 75ac residential dairy farm at Balgarrett, Rathconrath in Co Westmeath, was withdrawn from auction last week and sold immediately afterwards.
SEVERAL farms that came to auction recently were withdrawn but sold immediately afterwards for undisclosed amounts.
Millgrove stud near Rathangan in Kildare and Bracknagh in Offaly was a hive of activity when I arrived to visit. Manager Rob Byrne was not long home from Royal Ascot and the daily chores of...
In rural Munster, football and hurling are the preoccupations of the summer. In large swathes of the province, the hurling would probably come...
Savills are handling the sale of a fertile farm of land extending to 97ac located at Adamstown, Galtrim near Trim in Co Meath.
Leitrim land often comes in smallholdings that are destined to be consumed by forestry.
It was a beautiful evening in the southern capital as I made my way from Cork’s south side to its northern reaches.
Farmland continues to sell in small lots and big farms in spite of drought or pestilence. Thomas Potterton saw no drought of money when he brought a 203ac farm for sale at Garristown in North Dublin.
An equine complex on 364 acres and featuring nine residences, 71 stables and five yards has gone on the market at €9.25m.
The place-name Dungourney is forever emblazoned on my memory, writes Jim O’Brien.
In Co Westmeath, Willie Coonan of Coonan auctioneers Maynooth sold an 83ac farm on the shores of Lake Derravarragh for €650,000 or just under €8,000/ac.
My trip to the Garden County last week put me in mind of Shakespeare, the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, when the second holding I visited was located in a place called Stratford-on-Slaney.
A 91.6ac Tipperary tillage farm with extensive road frontage on the outskirts of Cahir made a headline price at auction last week. It sold under the hammer for €2.125m making over €23,000/ac.
A 91ac grassland farm at Clarkville, just outside Edenderry in Co Offaly sold at auction last week making €1.115m or €12,250/ac.
The land in West Wicklow is quite different from the ground at the eastern end of the county.
Land prices are soaring, auction rooms have never been busier as they record brisk business during and immediately after auction, with consistently strong prices being paid in all regions.
A local dairy farmer bought a two-storey 19th-century house on 89ac at Johnstown, Slanemore, Co Westmeath. The property sold under the hammer for €715,000.
Kilkenny auctioneer Ed Donohoe had mixed results when he recently sold portions of a 150ac residential grass farm beside Mount Loftus Estate near the Carlow border on the road between Kilkenny and Graiguenamanagh.
A 101ac residential farm on the outskirts of Cork city sold for €5.8m or €58,000/ac at auction.
Moorepark Farm at Garristown in north Dublin is a 203ac block of land typical of the large farms on the market at the moment. The sale is being guided pre auction at €10,000/ac.
Some regard mushrooms as a delicacy but for those trying to make money from them they represent a delicate business.
My journeys last week took me to a 105ac farm with a derelict house at Balreask, Carlanstown, Kells in Co Meath. The farm is currently let to a local dairy farmer, is in the best of shape and is guided prior to auction at €850,000.
A 220ac farm at Ardrass about 1km from Straffan Village in north Kildare is coming to auction with a guide price between €10,000 and €12,000/ac, writes Jim O’Brien.
It is the year of the bigger holdings, every second farm on the market in 2018 is 100ac and over.
The auction season is in full swing with parcels big and small selling under the hammer across the country.
Ten acres of Laois land made a strong €17,750/ac at a recent auction.
It has been great weather to walk the land - every place looks its best, you can leave the wellies in the boot of the car and wander where you will.
Milford House at Milford in Co Carlow is an early 19th-century Georgian house on 50ac located 8km south of Carlow town. The historic house and its lands are currently on the market with a guide price of €1.375m.
Owen O'Driscoll runs across the car park of ta midlands' hotel to meet me, even though he is early for the interview. This agile West Corkman is the new president of the Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA), a man who lives life at a busy pace.
Slyguff Lodge, a 65ac residential farm with a wide range of farm buildings near Bagenalstown in Co Carlow made €1.52m at auction last week, writes Jim O’Brien.
The south-east basked in glorious sunshine last week and some beautiful properties coming on the market are looking their best, writes Jim O'Brien.
One of the gorgeous days we had last week saw me in north-west Mayo looking out at the broad Atlantic and visiting a number of properties on the books of Karl Fox of Fox and Gallagher, Ballina.
'Sweetfarm House' on 27.5ac at St John's near Enniscorthy in Co Wexford is described by Quinn auctioneers as "a most impressive period residence".
The traditional Irish attachment to the land is loosening as more and more non-farming landowners appear willing to dispose of the family plot.
This year has been marked by the arrival on to the market of some large properties. Grangecon Demense and Stud located near Baltinglass in Wicklow may well prove to be the pick of them all.
An old professor of mine would often contrast the Ireland of his youth with the Ireland of his students. "I was brought up at a time," he would say, "when the Pope's triple tiara, a Kerryman's football boot and the rosary beads were equal symbols of the Roman Catholic Church."
A fine, two-storey 19th-century house and two courtyards are at the heart of an 89ac farm at Johnstown, Slanemore, Co Westmeath. The property is coming to auction with a guide price of €700,000.
A one-day odyssey took me to Mullingar last week from where I visited three farms, two in Westmeath and one near Strokestown in Roscommon.
A 105ac mixed farm at Ballymalonemore, Ballina in Co Tipperary with spectacular views across Lough Derg is coming to auction.
Bigger farms continue to be the order of the day. In Kilkenny, Ger Walsh of Walter Walsh Estate Agents is handling the sale of a 117ac farm at Earlsgrove, Ballylowra, near Thomastown.
One of the biggest estates to come on the market this year is Fortgranite, a 341ac farm with a period house and a range of other accommodation along with an current dairy operation, farm buildings and ancillary buildings in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.
A fine compact residential farm located at Ballinakill in Co Laois sold in lots after auction last week beating its reserve of €500,000.
The south-east continues to supply a steady stream of lovely properties to the market.
Last week I visited a charming 65ac residential farm with a wide range of farm buildings on the Carlow side of the border with Kilkenny. The roadside holding is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €800,000.
While bigger farms appear to be the order of the day in the current market, smaller parcels are also selling.
A 135ac grass farm at Edenderry in Co Offaly with a range of agricultural potential has come on the market to be sold by public auction, writes Jim O’Brien.
Bellewstown Bridge Farm extending to 41.65ac at Bellewstown in Co Meath sold in recent weeks making €500,000 or around €12,000/ac.
Kilkenny land can be hard to come by but when it makes its way to the market there are plenty of potential customers for it.
IT was lovely to smell the vegetation as the sun warmed the ground and that persistent cold wind eventually took its leave of us.
I never tire of admiring the wonders of the Shannon Estuary and my journeys keep taking me back there. Every time I see that mighty stretch of water rolling quietly to the sea I'm revived and renewed.
Dairy farmers were again to the fore in Munster land sales when a traditional house and yard on 46.185ac at Gortnabarna, Monard, Co Tipperary, sold under the hammer last week.
A unique parcel of ground at the heart of Ballycroy National Park in Co Mayo is being sold by the owners in a private sale.
John Earley is handling the sale of a nice 41ac farm with a yard and cattle-handling facilities near Curraghboy in south Roscommon. The private treaty sale is guided at €325,000.
Neil Young's After The Gold Rush was playing in my head as I drove to visit the Irish Seed Savers Association. The apocalyptic ballad imagines a scene where Earth is doomed and a certain select few are leaving the planet, "flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun".
In spite of the weather the auction season is ploughing ahead in the south-east with David Quinn recording recent successes under the hammer.
One of the largest farms to come on the market in Munster so far this year is a 215ac holding at Ballybane near Liscarroll in north Cork.
The price of land powered ahead in Munster in 2017, according to a Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) and Teagasc Land Market Review published today.
High value basic payment scheme entitlements are trading for up to three times their value as demand outstrips supply.
A 62ac block of land with a derelict residence at Kilglynn, Kilcock in Co Meath sold at auction last week for €890,000.
A fine compact residential farm located at Ballinakill in Co Laois is coming on to the market and will be sold by public auction. The 46.5ac of grazing ground comes with a neat bungalow residence and a farmyard and is guided for sale at €500,000.
Hope, value and hedge funds were in evidence recently when two solicitors bought two parcels of land adjoining the industrial parklands of Naas in Co Kildare.
My mother died on the Wednesday of Easter Week. I was asked by the family to say a few words at the funeral mass - I hope you don't mind me sharing a version of them with you.
I have family living in Douglas in Cork City and so I was sure there was some mistake when Fermoy auctioneer Michael Barry sent me notice of an auction for a 101ac residential farm with an address at Douglas.
Nowadays customers for farmland don’t just look at the agricultural potential of the property but the tourism and heritage potential of the buildings and the yard are also taken into account.
A 71ac residential holding at Clareen, Cashel in Co Tipperary sold at auction during the week making a total of €775,000.
Levally Cottage on 12.8ac is a beautifully renovated cottage on the shores of Levally Lake, Bofeenaun at the heart of Co Mayo. With the majestic Nephin mountain as a backdrop the house and lands are for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €650,000.
In the modern sporting world you are nothing if you don't have access to a centre of excellence.
A 70.5ac residential farm at Clone, Kilmoganny near Kells in Co Kilkenny is for sale by private treaty with an overall guide price of €780,000.
There is a guide price of €700,000 for a non-residential farm of 120ac in Ballinacor, Moyvore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath which is coming up for public auction on Thursday, April 26.
Despite a shaky start, all ended well at a West Limerick auction last week when a 51ac farm at Lower Shanid, Shanagolden sold in two lots after being withdrawn. The combined proceeds from the sale amounted to €465,000, or just over €9,100/ac.
About 14 years ago I travelled a few times a week for three months from the midlands to and from Dromcronath in north Meath, close to the border with Louth.
Land letting is continuing apace, even for con-acre, with Castlecomer auctioneer Joseph Coogan conducting a busy letting auction last week where good prices were achieved for tillage and grazing land.
'Same old, same old' must be the most dispiriting response one can get to the question, "How are things?"
Holy Thursday saw me travel deep into the heart of West Limerick, my own home territory.
A 52ac residential farm at Sulphur Brook in Co Wicklow’s Vale of Avoca sold in lots during and after auction last week, making a total of €470,000.
Celtic Tiger prices and buyers are back in the land market as a record €90,000/ac was paid for a 3ac parcel of ground outside Gorey in Co Wexford, while €37,765/ac was paid for an adjacent 34ac piece.
A former residential dairy farm extending to 52.5ac at Legga village near Moyne in North Longford is for sale by private treaty with a very attractive €380,000 guide price.
Oldcastle auctioneer Martin Shortt recently sold a property in three distinct lots making €392,000. Located at Cloughbally, Mullagh and Carricksimon, Virginia, the holding consisted of two farms and three derelict houses owned by one family.
Eamon O'Brien of CCM Property Network Mitchelstown had a good day in the auction room recently when he sold a 17ac parcel of ground at Ballytrasna, Conna making over €19,400/ac.
It was a fine crisp afternoon in the midlands as I made my way from the old N7 at Dunkerrin in Co Offaly to the village of Barna and some lovely rolling countryside on the Offaly and Tipperary border.
I had occasion lately to spend a day or two in Carlow. I went there to meet people who had worked in the sugar factory and to explore the contribution it had made to the town and the region. Everyone I met was fulsome in their praise of the factory and there is no doubt its contribution to Carlow and the South East region was immense.
The number of places coming on the market is increasing as the weather improves and ground appears to be drying out.
A 115ac farm in the wonderfully named townsland of Evegallahoo at Knockaderry in West Limerick is coming for sale by public auction with a guide price of €7,000 to €8,000/ac.
An 86ac residential farm at Moonaloughra, Burncourt in Co Tipperary located between Mitchelstown and Cahir sold under the hammer of Wexford auctioneer David Quinn last week. An adjoining farmer paid €570,000 for the property.
An 82ac holding at Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny sold under the hammer of Ed Donohoe making €847,000 or €10,300/ac.
The Carlow sugar factory was the life-blood of the south eastern town and county from its establishment in 1926 to its closure in 2005.
As the economy strengthens, properties on the edges of towns and villages are beginning to reclaim their ‘hope value’.
A fine 62ac block of land with a derelict residence at Kilglynn, Kilcock in Co Meath is coming for auction with a guide price of €600,000 or just under €10,000/ac.
As a young lad between the ages of nine and 12, it was one of my jobs to do the shopping.
Savills are handling the sale of a striking equestrian farm at Johnstown near Arklow in Co Wicklow.
People in Carlow talk about the sugar factory and its era almost as a paradise lost.
The late great Larry Cunningham had a huge hit in the 1960s with a song called Lovely Leitrim.
Tipperary looks set to keep its place near the top of the land sales' league in Munster, if not in the country. Last year saw a huge number of farm sales in the Premier County and this year looks set to be no different.
A 59.3ac residential farm at Clondrohid near Macroom attracted a lot of local interest in advance of it coming to auction at the end of March.
QUITE a number of land parcels are on the market in Co Limerick at the moment.
Seamus O'Rourke is a big man. I had never met him before, but when he walks into the foyer of the Longford Arms there is no mistaking him. He has a presence.
David Quinn is having a good early run in the auction room and last week the run continued with the sale of two lots out of four at the auction of a 65ac non-residential holding at Brideswell, Askamore near Gorey in Co Wexford.
A 57ac non-residential holding at Ballynabola New Ross was sold at auction last week making a cracking €1.055m, or over €18,500/ac.
I travelled to south Tipperary before the snow fell and the storm blew last week. It was a lovely morning for the drive from Limerick to Mitchelstown. The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the Galtees looked magnificent.
A compact farm at Castleblakeney in Co Galway extending to 41.75ac with a completely renovated traditional farmhouse and a wide range of farm buildings is coming to the market by private treaty with a guide price of €495,000.
Knight Frank auctioneers are handling the sale of a very valuable piece of ground at Tullyallen, just outside Drogheda in Co Louth.
"We need to be lucky twice. We need to be lucky in that the Brits don't go for a hard Brexit. And we need to be lucky in that the final settlement allows us to breathe inside whatever the EU is going to look like."
Three parcels of land are on the market in the renowned farming area of Bandon in west Cork.
A 59.7ac residential farm at Ballymakegogue, Fenit, Co Kerry, recently sold by private treaty and is understood to have made in excess of €16,000/ac.
Castlecomer auctioneer Joseph Coogan recently handled the successful lease by auction of a 190ac Laois farm. The place was let for 10 years in three lots, making up to €280/ac.
Loans for land sales have surged by 30pc, with the size of the parcels up by a quarter, according to figures released by Bank of Ireland.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. If good intentions could be converted into tar and chippings, there wouldn't be a pothole from Cork to Donegal.