IFA le­gend’s home farm up for auc­tion

Irish Independent - Farming - - PROPERTY -

THERE has been strong ac­tiv­ity in the farm­land mar­ket in coun­ties Mon­aghan and Ca­van in re­cent months, writes Jim O’Brien.

Among the farms com­ing to auc­tion in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture is a 158ac farm, strad­dling the Meath bor­der with Ca­van.

Lo­cated pri­mar­ily at Glanadara and spread out among a num­ber of towns­lands be­tween Bailieboro and Kingscourt on Lough an Lae Moun­tain, the hold­ing orig­i­nally be­longed to leg­endary NFA and IFA man Phil Reilly. It comes to auc­tion with a guide price of €5,000 to €6,000/ac.

Phil Reilly was a life-long farmer ac­tivist tak­ing part in the 1965 to 1967 Farm­ers Rights Cam­paign.

In 1966, fol­low­ing the fa­mous Farm­ers’ March to Dublin the cam­paign moved from march­ing to block­ing bridges and Phil was among the farm­ers jailed for re­fus­ing to pay court fines.

He served time in Port­laoise and Moun­tjoy and af­ter his re­lease he con­tin­ued to be ac­tive in farm­ing pol­i­tics. He passed away last March.

The ma­jor part of Phil’s home farm is be­ing sold at auc­tion later in the month while it is ex­pected that the home­stead and 92ac will be brought to auc­tion in spring 2018.

The land is de­scribed by Old­cas­tle auc­tion­eer John V Far­relly as a mix­ture of up­land and lower ground suit­able for dry­s­tock or sheep and also suit­able for forestry or re­new­able en­ergy.

It has plenty of ac­cess with good road frontage to many of the plots.

The farm will be of­fered for sale in a to­tal of seven lots vary­ing in size from 47ac to 1.6ac. The auc­tion takes place at the Bailie Ho­tel, Bailiebor­ough at 3pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23.


Across the county bound­ary in Mon­aghan auc­tion­eer Ray­mond Fee is bring­ing a 43ac farm to auc­tion at Castle­blayney. While there is no ex­act guide price ac­cord­ing to Mr Fee land in this area has been mak­ing about €10,000/ac.

Lo­cated at Tul­ly­coora and Tul­ly­hat­tna, Dru­macrib, Castle­blayney, the hold­ing is just off the R182 road from Oram to New­town­hamil­ton.

The land is ac­cessed from the road and in­cludes a range of old farm build­ings and a derelict dwelling. In per­ma­nent pas­ture the farm is in the main made up of el­e­vated ground laid out in nine good sized di­vi­sions with ex­cel­lent lake views and views over the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Mr Fee says the land was not farmed to its po­ten­tial in re­cent years be­ing ex­ten­sively rather than in­ten­sively farmed.

“I ex­pect it to at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion given its size,” the auc­tion­eer ex­plains. “A 43ac par­cel would be a good-sized par­cel for the land mar­ket in these parts. Gen­er­ally the farm­land por­tions sold here are around 10 to 20ac.”

The place will be sold at auc­tion on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 11 at 3pm at the Old­coach Inn, Your Street, Castle­blayney, Co Mon­aghan.


Stay­ing in Mon­aghan the same auc­tion­eer is han­dling the sale of an 18ac farm lo­cated near Scot­shouse about 8km from Clones and on the bor­der with Ar­magh. The prop­erty is for sale by pri­vate treaty with a guide price of be­tween €6,000 and €8,000/ac

Lo­cated about 2km from Scot­shouse the land has been re­seeded in re­cent times and is de­scribed by the auc­tion­eer as free drain­ing ground, for the most part.

Laid out in 12 small fields with good tra­di­tional fenc­ing, it is is all in pas­ture.

The prop­erty is di­vided into two parcels by a pub­lic road­way giv­ing plenty of road frontage to a 4ac par­cel at one side and a 14ac par­cel at the other. It will be of­fered for sale as an en­tire or in its two lots of 4ac and 14ac re­spec­tively.

Mr Fee says the 4ac piece may have site po­ten­tial if granted the req­ui­site plan­ning per­mis­sion.

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