€10,000/acre sought for farm near Thurles

Irish Examiner - Farming - - PROPERTY - Conor Power

With strong sale re­sults in Tip­per­ary re­cently, it’s worth keep­ing an eye on a 45.86-acre hold­ing near Thurles listed with Thurles auc­tion­eer Seán Spain.

The prop­erty is lo­cated in the town­land of Cabragh, just a few kilo­me­tres south of the out­skirts of Thurles and 3km from the vil­lage of Holy­cross. While this land may not be quite up to the stan­dard of Golden Vale prime pas­ture that achieved €12,000 per acre near Cullen at auc­tion last N o ve m b e r , o r t he 1 3 0 - a cr e h o l d i n g ne ar G o l d e n tha t ac h i e v ed in t he r e g io n of €17,000 per acre at auc­tion last Septem­ber, this is still good graz­ing land in a strong agri­cul­tural area. It’s de­scribed by the agents as in good heart, in a sought-af­ter lo­ca­tion close to the na­tional road sys­tem. There is road ac­cess to the prop­erty on its western end via a sec­tion of the ad­join­ing R659, with a laneway al­low­ing en­try to the re­main­der of the lands, which are naturally s e p a r at e d i n t o t wo p a r t s ad­ja­cent to one another. It’s un­likely, there­fore, that the farm will be sub­di­vided b u t in a n y c as e , it s ho ul d prove tempt­ing enough to a num­ber of farm­ers in the area in search of ad­di­tional acres. “We’ve a good bit of in­ter­est in it,” says Seán. “The land is good and dry. We’ve no bids on it yet but we’re ex­pect­ing some­thing soon.”

Wa­ter sup­ply is as­sured by t h e Ho ly cr os s - Ba l l yc ah i l l group wa­ter scheme, and a stream runs along part of its western flank.

“T h e r e a r e va r i o u s ou thouses with it,” says Seán. Th­ese in­clude a large slat­ted shed, four- eye round roof shed, fur­ther sheds, and a yard. “There’s a derelict old cot­tage too. It’s not live­able in but may be of use to a fu­ture owner.”

The price is pitched at an av­er­age level: “We’re ask­ing €10,000/acre,” says Seán. “It’s good el­e­vated grass­land. We’ll see how it turns out.”

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