Pow­er­ful Water­ford land go­ing un­der the ham­mer

Irish Independent - Farming - - PROPERTY - JIM O’BRIEN

I WAS half ex­pect­ing auc­tion­eer Dan Flem­ing to ring and can­cel our planned trip to view a 76ac non-res­i­den­tial Water­ford farm at Knock­roe, Tal­low, Lismore be­tween Fer­moy and Lismore. The rain was fall­ing in tor­rents and I was well on the road when the Blar­ney auc­tion­eer even­tu­ally called.

We de­cided to con­tinue with our mis­sion agree­ing that at this time of the year we could be wait­ing a long time for a fine day.

The farm is due for auc­tion with a guide price of €600,000 or €8,000/ac.

My jour­ney took me through part of the fer­tile Black­wa­ter val­ley and I crossed the great Cork river at Fer­moy. Fa­mous for its fish­ing the wa­ter­course was also no­to­ri­ous for flood­ing but in re­cent years much has been done to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem.

Nev­er­the­less, I have to ad­mit to be­ing slightly ner­vous that the flood de­fences might be strained to their lim­its such was the down­pour last Thurs­day.

I turned left in the cen­tre of Fer­moy and took the N72 to Tal­low, stop­ping af­ter 20km at the turn off for the town. Dan Flem­ing was hot on my heels and we drove a few hun­dred yards to where the 76ac farm met the road,

“There it is now,” he said, point­ing to the land on our right, “It is el­e­vated with fine views over Tal­low and plenty of road frontage.”

He was right, laid out in about 10 fields the land sweeps down to the road where it has 1.2km of road frontage.

At the cen­tre of the farm is a yard but the pas­sage­way lead­ing to it was blocked by the rem­nants of fallen trees, vic­tims of ex-Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia. Thank­fully some­one had re­moved the heav­ier branches and it was pos­si­ble to make my way on foot.

A fine A-roofed shed makes up the yard. The four-column struc­ture has plenty of space for cat­tle, fod­der stor­age or ma­chin­ery stor­age with a con­crete apron that could be used for silage.

Sward

How­ever, even aside from the trees the ac­cess could be im­proved and while the shed­ding is some­what dated it is in good or­der with plenty of po­ten­tial.

The land rises with a steep enough gra­di­ent to a height that gives great views over Tal­low and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

It is great ground, firm un­der­foot and cov­ered by a fine sward of grass.

Di­vided into a se­ries of large fields with plenty of trees and shel­ter the hold­ing is en­tirely south-fac­ing and bounded at the rear by a small forestry plan­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to solic­i­tor James Walsh the land was once part of the Lismore Cas­tle es­tate and owned by the Duke of Devon­shire.

It was also home to a lo­cal point-to-point. The place cer­tainly has great views and with the re­quired plan­ning per­mis­sion could be turned into a fine res­i­den­tial prop­erty.

The farm will be sold at auc­tion at the Grand Ho­tel, Fer­moy at 3pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10.

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