GAA in pitch-perfect bid to enter farming fray
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yard is at Killougher, Naul, Co Dublin and was brought to auction by REA Cumisky auctioneers in July 2017, only to be withdrawn without being sold.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.