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Irish Examiner - Farming - - PROPERTY - Conor Power

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6, the Club House Ho­tel in the Mar­ble City of Kilkenny will play host to an in­ter­est­ing auc­tion of t h re e p a r c e l s o f l a n d , a l l lo­cated close to the vil­lage of Cuffes­grange.

The vil­lage on the N76 is roughly equidis­tant ( 9km) from Cal­lan and Kilkenny City, in an area of strong agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­ity dom­i­nated by the tillage and dry stock sec­tors, where there plenty of pro­gres­sive farm­ers seek­ing ad­di­tional tracts of land. In total, there are ap­prox­i­mately 148 acres up for auc­tion, all owned by the same ven­dor, and pre­sented in three sep­a­rate lots within a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres of one an­other. “Lot 1 would, in my opin­ion, be the bet­ter lo­cated, bet­ter qual­ity prop­erty and the one most likely to at­tract the most in­ter­est,” says auc­tion­eer An­thony O’Re­gan of the Cork of­fice of Keane Ma­hony Smith, who is sell­ing the farm jointly with Kilkenny agent God­frey T Greene.

This 53-acre lot in the town- land of Church Hill fronts the main road and a side road. It con­tains an old sin­gle­storey res­i­dence in need of total re­fur­bish­ment, and a col­lec­tion of out­build­ings.

Lot 2 is in the town­land of Coola­poge. At just un­der 52 acres in size, it’s also in a good lo­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the sell­ing agent. “Maybe about 20 acres of that might need at­ten- tion, it’s a ques­tion of drainage. The land would have great grass­land.”

Lot 3 is at Tober­bree­dia, and is also a non- res­i­den­tial hold­ing, of about 43 acres.

It is the least at­trac­tive of the three parcels, but is surr o u n d e d by p r o g r e s s i ve farm­ers.

There are no en­ti­tle­ments on any of the lots and the land hasn’t been farmed in two years, An­thony points out. He would, he says, “ex­pect lo­cal in­ter­est on all three lots and there are al­ready signs that we have that.”

In terms of price ex­pec­ta­tion, the agent says that it would vary from about €6,000/ acre to €10,000/acre in ac­cor­dance with the qual­ity of the land on of­fer.

Lots 2, left, and 3 of the three parcels of land near Cuffes­grange, Co Kilkenny, for sale by auc­tion in Kilkenny on Oc­to­ber 6.

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