Strong early interest in sale of quality land near Kinsale
A fine 43- acre farm Co Cork holding in the townland of Clogheen, near Innishannon, is currently attracting keen interest from the vibrant farming community in which it’s located.
Situated in a fertile zone about 8km from Innishannon, 7km from Kinsale and 14km from Bandon, it is listed with Clonakilty-based auctioneers Hodnett Forde Property Services.
It is a short drive south of Cork City ( 27km away), and south- west of Car rig aline (25km).
The land in this eastern end of West Cork ( depending on whom you talk to, this part of the world may or may not be classed as ‘true’ West Cork) is of superb quality in general. There is a long tradition of efficient and progressive farming, dominated a little more by the tillage sector than the dairying sector, and supported by excellent access to va r i o u s m a r k e t s in the important towns, port and airport in its vicinity.
The non-residential holding in question stands up as an excellent example of this tradition, according to the selling agents.
“This is an outstanding farm holding,” says Ernest Forde. “It would be suitable for any kind of farming, nice free-draining land with plenty of depth. It’s situated in an area renowned for high yieldi n g t i l l a g e c ro p s a n d t o p quality pasture lands.” Although it is not situated on any main road, access to the property is very good, and free of complications, with a short laneway leading directly from the public road ( L3201) into the heart of the land. “It’s a right-of-way roadway that’s in excellent condition,” says Ernest. “It would be well used to large tillage machinery using it on a regular basis, so there’s no problem in that respect.” Interest in the farm is already strong, and the agent revealed that the property is already under offer. While not revealing the amount, they are clear on its value in the current agricultural land market.
In terms of price expectation, the agents say that they are hoping the land will make “in excess of €500,000.” This would be in keeping with high quality land in the area. “This isn’t much more than €12,000 per acre, so we’d be expecting something in that region. Down around Bel- gooly and Nohoval, that kind of price is achievable. For good quality land, it’s certainly not an out- of- the- way price.”
There are no entitlements going with the land, which is certainly not any major disadvantage in today’s market. It has all the appearance of a we l l - m a i n t a i n e d p i e c e o f ground, and the agent says that there is very little waste on this well-worked holding. “There is about an acre and a half of waste in it at the moment, but that would be very easily cleared.
“It’s not even wet, it’s just a bit of scrubland. The rest is all usable and I’d expect that [ waste] section to be usable too.”
It’s a farm that can appeal to a wide range of suitors.
Its proximity to Cork city, for example, means that there may well be some interest from an investment or even a hobby- farmer point of view. All indications so far, however, are that the bulk of interest is coming from largerscale farmers.
In spite of the Irish tillage sector’s ongoing difficulties , there is no shortage of strong representatives of the sector in the area.
“From the enquiries we’ve had so far, it’s more likely that it will be someone extending their farm, possibly a dairy farmer or a tillage farmer. There would be a few of them in that area.”
This par t of Munster is invariably described as “early country”, much sought-after by tillage farmers, a zone that contrasts somewhat with land lying farther west.
The 43-acre tillage holding for sale at Clogheen, Innshannon, Co Cork, also pictured on page 1.