GAA in pitch-per­fect bid to en­ter farm­ing fray

Irish Independent - Farming - - PROPERTY FARMING -

THERE are al­most as many types of farm­ing as there are farm­ers. In re­cent years all kinds of new man­i­fes­ta­tions have emerged, in­clud­ing wind farm­ing and now sod farm­ing — or maybe sports farm­ing.

It was re­vealed re­cently that the GAA bought a 55ac hold­ing at a cost of 700,000 in Co Dublin. The farm is to be used to pro­vide sod for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ma­jor pitches in­clud­ing Croke Park, Ab­bottstown and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with the sod com­ing on stream in 2019.

The res­i­den­tial farm and yard is at Kil­lougher, Naul, Co Dublin and was brought to auc­tion by REA Cu­misky auc­tion­eers in July 2017, only to be with­drawn with­out be­ing sold. The GAA emerged as an in­ter­ested party and, ac­cord­ing to auc­tion­eer Hugh Cu­misky, they did ex­ten­sive tests at the prop­erty be­fore strik­ing a deal. A sim­i­lar prop­erty at Matt Lane, The Naul sold at auc­tion the same day mak­ing €12,000/ac.

The hold­ing is laid out in six fields with frontage and ac­cess on to the Kil­lougher road. The farm­house is in need of to­tal re­fur­bish­ment and the farm build­ings are in need of at­ten­tion.

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