Take the plunge in Wicklow - A swimming pool is part of the package with a striking country home on 41ac in Kilpedder
If you're looking for a dream property on a compact farm within shouting distance of the capital,...
If you're looking for a dream property on a compact farm within shouting distance of the capital,...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Leinster continues to be the strongest part of the country for land sales and even with the €58,000/ac sale of a farm in Cork it still outperformed its nearest rival, Munster, by more than €1.3m in money generated by land sales.
It is difficult to compare the price of land sold at auction in the first six months of 2018 with the same period of 2017, given the headline sale of 101ac of farmland in Cork city that made development land prices when it went for €5.8m or 58,000/ac at auction in June.
Landscape Stud on 91ac near the village of Kilsheelan in South Tipperary sold at auction last week making €1.83m surpassing it guide by €480,000.
In Westmeath a 77ac farm at Corbally near Castlepollard was withdrawn from auction recently after receiving one bid of €400,000.
North Leinster has had what might be called a challenging start to the year: all the indicators show a downward trend with the amount of land sold at auction down by 11pc. Money generated by auction sales is down by 30pc and the per acre price of land is back by 21pc on the same time last year.
Spiddal is a place name more associated with Galway than Meath but as place names go it has a lot of cousins.
Land prices have increased by 8pc nationally in the first six months of the year on the back of increased activity by dairy farmers and stud farm owners.
A 94ac upland farm at Rossaguile, about 4km from the north Tipperary town of Newport sold in lots last week during and after auction. A 46ac lot of which over 7ac was in forestry sold for €292,000 while a 19ac parcel sold for €210,000.
It is remarkable how these cycling and walking Greenways are attracting huge numbers of tourists while proximity to these routes is being quoted in rural property sales as a distinct advantage.
The sale of Millgrove Stud (pictured above) on 75ac at Rathangan in Co Kildare was postponed at auction last week and the property is now for sale by private treaty., writes Jim O'Brien.
Epics, sagas and legends are usually built around long journeys in search of a lost paradise or fabled treasure but the most precious jewel of all is often found on one's own doorstep. I discovered such a jewel last week a few kilometres from me and across the road from a garage and fuel merchant that supplies a lot of my fossil fuel needs.
In one of the last auctions before their summer recess Coonans of Maynooth sold a 41ac residential farm at Pluckstown, Straffan in Co Kildare. It sold under the hammer for €830,000.
Last week I crossed the Shannon into Tipperary and drove to Newport where I met auctioneer James Lee. He took me to see a 94ac upland farm at Rossaguile, about 4km from the north Tipp town.
Hawkfield House near Newbridge in Co Kildare with extensive equestrian facilities sold at auction last week for €1.35m.
During the recent fine weather, it was a relief to get out of the car to walk land. I arrived in the lovely village of Athleague in Co Roscommon on one of the hottest days to meet Ivan Connaughton, local auctioneer and currently the Mayor of Roscommon.
Tullow auctioneer John Dawson had a good week, selling two substantial Wicklow farms under the hammer.
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 given to a snowbound Swedish settlement.
The North Cork parish of Boherbue, located about 8km from Kanturk, is home to two impressive residential farms on the market by private treaty.
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 '70s and was a joy to drive, bringing back many memories.
Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at €495,000.
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 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.
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.