About €400,000 ex­pected for West Lim­er­ick road­side farm

Irish Examiner - Farming - - PROPERTY - Conor Power

A sub­stan­tial el­e­vated road­side farm in West Lim­er­ick is cur­rently for sale with GVM Auc­tion­eers in Kil­mal­lock. The 74.5- acre, res­i­den­tial grass­land farm is lo­cated im­me­di­ately to the south of the vil­lage of Shanagolden.

It is of­fered in a choice of lots, says sell­ing agent Richard R yan: “It’s be­ing of­fered as the en­tire 74.5 acres or with the house on 25.5 acres and a yard or a 49-acre hold­ing with the up­per yard.” The prop­erty has plenty of road frontage. Each lot has its own en­trance and out­build­ings, of­fer­ing ad­e­quate winter ac­com­mo­da­tion. Build­ings on the 25- acre res­i­den­tial lot in­clude a small slat­ted shed, loose cat­tle shed, open dung- stead, and an­cil­lary out- of­fices. This is the lower part of the farm, where the land is not as slop­ing as the up­per part, from which there are mag­nif­i­cent views across Co Lim­er­ick.

“There would be about a third of the land of that 49-acre lot which would be quite steep,” says Richard. “Over­all, some of the land would be good, dry graz­ing land, while more of it would be more sum­mer graz­ing, so there’s a mix­ture in qual­ity.

“The res­i­dence is a fivebed­room sin­gle- storey farm­house. It would need some re­fur­bish­ment work.”

The farm has only just come on the mar­ket, so it’s dif­fi­cult at this point to ac­cu­rately gauge the in­ter­est lev­els, but Richard has re­ceived a good num­ber of en­quiries.

There are plenty pro­gres­sive dairy and beef farm­ers in the area, likely to in­clude in­ter­ested par­ties. And the pro­posed Foynes by­pass may be a factor in gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est. It won’t take any slices from this prop­erty, but it will fur­ther im­prove road ac­cess, and leave a num­ber of landown­ers nearby look­ing to re­in­state acreage lost to the road. There are en­ti­tle­ments with the hold­ing, cur­rently worth in ex­cess of €8,000 per year. Of­fers i n t he re­gion of €400,000 are ex­pected.

The view from the 75-acre farm for sale at Fern­hill, Shanagolden, Co Lim­er­ick.

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