Prime south Tipp land guided at €14,000/ac
Tipperary accounted for some of the bigger farms and the bigger prices paid at auction last year.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Land prices remained steady in 2018 despite a year of severe weather events, fodder shortages and cashflow problems, not to mention the spectre...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
West of the Shannon, auctioneer John Earley sold two large Roscommon farms under the hammer last week, netting a total of €2.6m and averaging over €8,000/ac.
Small farmers are being forced out of the land market in Leinster’s commuter counties, and the banks are still reluctant to lend to non-dairy farmers, auctioneers claim.
South Tipperary auctioneers have become very fond of the auction room as land in that area sells like sugar candy at a carnival. The local lords of the turf have an insatiable appetite for property and deep pockets with which to feed it.
I ventured to the north Meath/Cavan region recently where I visited Crossdrum House — a lovely Georgian home on 35ac on the outskirts of Oldcastle in Meath.
A substantial 95ac residential farm at Garthy, Castletown Geoghegan in Co Westmeath is coming for auction early next month.
Perhaps it’s a legacy of the long hot summer but the colours of the autumn leaves are more rich and varied than I have ever seen them.
South View Farm at Tullyweel, Kilmainhamwood in Co Meath is a dormer bungalow set on 20.8ac and comes with a comprehensive modern cattle yard. In a sale handled by Quillsen the place is on the private treaty market with a guide price of €550,000.
A 93ac residential holding with a house in need of refurbishment at Bogganstown, Drumree in the Royal County sold at auction last week making €830,000.
One of the more unusual properties to come on the market this year is a substantial piggery at Ballinamult in Co Waterford.
A fine 43ac residential farm at Belgard and Farranadum near Kilcock in Co Kildare is coming to auction in lots with an overall guide price of €440,000.
The wind energy sector has been told it must engage in real consultation with communities and avoid "disinformation" if wind turbines are to become acceptable to local people.
When my late mother wanted to describe a well-attended function, be it wake or wedding, she would say, "They were there from the nail factory."
A 179ac non-residential farm located in Co Dublin but forming part of the border with the Royal County is for sale by public auction with a guide price of €15,000/ac
It isn't often you find a farm of over 300ac that comes without a Georgian pile or an inch of waste. I found one at Rowlestown in Co Dublin.
The auction rooms continue to be busy, with farms of all sizes selling before, during and after auction.
A trip around the stalls and stands at the recent ploughing extravaganza left one in no doubt that the future will be robotic. From the invention of the hoe 11,000 years ago in the fertile plain between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in southern Iraq, farming has been characterised by ever increasing mechanisation.
A substantial 151ac residential farm at Harristown near Kinnegad in Co Meath is back on the market with a guide price of €1.75m.
A nail-biting finish saw Frank Flynn of Robert B Daly auctioneers sell a 31ac farm at Derryconnor, Ballivor, for €290,000.
In one of the larger farm sales of the year, Wexford auctioneer David Quinn recently sold a 178ac non-residential holding at Kilcashel, Avoca in Co Wicklow. In lots that sold during and after auction, the place reached its guide of between €1m and €1.2m.
There is no better place to spend a fine autumn day than on the lakeshores of Westmeath.
Rural development projects are being choked by bureaucracy, Leader company officers have claimed.
The sale of larger farms continues to be a stand-out feature of this year’s farm sales.
Farm sales in Waterford are rare enough, the Déise like to hold fast to what they have.
My secondary school days were spent in the company of young men from all over the country.
With Ploughing 2018 behind us, the auction rooms are busy but results are mixed.
South Tipperary land continues to make eye-watering prices and last week saw a 110ac residential farm, Bengurrah House, at Cahirabbey Upper near Cahir make €2.86m or €26,000/ac at auction.
I have a soft spot for Bailieborough in Cavan. A good friend of mine hails from that neck of the woods, an extraordinary gentleman who buys me the odd pint, a sure sign of civility and good breeding.
Six parties fought it out for a 75ac block of land near Cashel which sold for double the guide price.
Good grazing ground is generally selling for between €9,000/ac and €10,000/ac despite this year's poor weather, the continuing fodder difficulties, and the threat of Brexit.
Two lots of a 125ac farm totalling 75ac near Carnaross in Co Meath sold at auction last week making €750,000 or €10,000/ac. A 50ac parcel is under active negotiation on the private treaty market having been bid to €425,000 in public.
It is a year for big farms and another substantial holding on the market is a 180ac holding located just outside Durrow, Co Laois, reports Jim O'Brien.
Bigger farms continue to dominate the agricultural land market at the moment.
I ventured south last week towards the real capital and a lovely 105ac residential farm off the N20 at Kilquane, Mourneabbey. The property is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €11,000 to €12,000/ac.
Laois land is making good prices and Rathdowney auctioneer William Mansfield will be hoping this trend continues when he brings to auction an 82ac non-residential farm at Mountoliver, Rathdowney.
Last week my travels took me to Springfield House on the outskirts of Sixmilebridge in Co Clare.
Larger farms continue to come on the market, with holdings of over 150ac regularly featuring in private treaty and auction sales.
In the not too distant past, a residential farm on 93ac in Co Meath was a solid property, the size of holding needed to establish oneself as a member of the club among the local agristocracy.
Arodstown Stud, the residential 88ac stud farm belonging to trainer Tony Martin at Moynalvey, Summerhill in Co Meath was withdrawn from auction after being bid to €1.625m in its lots and €1.4m as an entire.
A 126ac tillage farm at Tomard, Leighlinbridge, in Carlow sold in two lots under the hammer last week, making a total of €2.19m or a huge €17,380/ac.
A 70ac parcel of ground coming to auction at Graigue near Clogheen in south Tipperary is described by auctioneer John FitzGerald of Dougan FitzGerald as a “very interesting and practical piece of land”.
A 241ac residential farm with extensive farm buildings near Coleraine in Co Derry is for sale by private treaty in a sale handled by Savills and guided at €1.71m.
Last Friday morning, I headed for north Kildare to visit what turned out to be a magnificent 230ac farm.
Cavan has seen quite a number of properties come on the market this year, included among them is a 50ac residential farm at Greaghlough, Mullagh guided at €300,000.
Kilgibbon on 199ac on the banks of the Slaney south of Enniscorthy sold under the hammer last week making €1.76m - about €8,800/ac
Carnaross in Meath is famous for its mart and the area will be familiar to farmers from north Leinster and Ulster.
A residential roadside farm on 88ac at Rathkyle and Toor More, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, is on the market at a guide price of €6,000/ac to €6,500/ac.
The guide price for Rocketts Castle Estate, Portlaw, Co Waterford has recently been reduced from €6m to €4.75m. Savills' auctioneers are selling this magnificent property on 250ac by private treaty.
Land in the Kildare/Meath border country sells well, given the proximity of Dublin and the university town of Maynooth.
Stud farm sales seem to be the order of the day with establishments large and small coming on to the market in rapid succession.
Shee and Hawe are handling the sale of a 175ac farm at Ballyvarra near Mullinahone in Co Tipperary.
This house at Horetown, Foulksmills in Co Wexford, comes with 32ac of grazing land with river frontage, 12 stables, a 14,000 sq ft indoor arena and a workshop space.
Last week I crossed the border into Galway where my green and white car flag looked lost amid a sea of maroon.
North Cork was still basking in the summer sun when I made my way down through a flag festooned south Limerick. Grange, Bruff, Kilmallock and Ardpatrick were draped in green and white in anticipation of the All-Ireland tussle with the Tribesmen.
Kilgibbon on 199ac on the banks of the Slaney south of Enniscorthy is one of the more substantial properties to come on the market in the southeast in recent months.
Cloneyhurke House on 56ac near Portarlington in Co Offaly is for sale by private treaty.
The National Hunt nursery owned and operated by Eddie Hales at Dromona House, Dundrum in Co Tipperary is on the market.
A 32ac residential farm at Ballinlough in Co Roscommon was sold at auction recently making €273,000, over €20,000 more than its guide.
A powerful 109ac residential beef and suckler farm at the heart of East Cork is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.45m.
The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) has called for stamp duty on farm and land sales to be reduced from 6pc to 4pc.
The farm property scene in Munster is flying with much of the action happening around Cork and Tipperary.
I put my wellies and my rain-jacket into the car for the first time in months as I set off on my latest farm-walking trek. By the time I got to Roscrea in Co Tipperary and opened the car door, I realised that, not only were the wellies surplus to requirements, I was completely overdressed for the balmy 25°C temperature that greeted me.
Most land sales take place by private treaty and this is especially true of land sales in Connacht/Ulster so it is perhaps unfair to compare its land market with other regions in a survey using the public auction as a yardstick.
A number of farms on the Carlow/Kilkenny border have featured in the sales rooms and auction rooms this year.
David Quinn is handling the sale of this 52ac roadside tillage and grass farm at Ballyrahan located about 2km from Gorey in Co Wexford.