Unique op­por­tu­ni­ties in Donegal and Mayo

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

A 73AC res­i­den­tial farm at Aghaveagh, Bally­bofey in Co Donegal will at­tract much in­ter­est as it comes on the mar­ket with a guide price of €395,000.

The hold­ing is lo­cated 2.5km off the Bally­bofey to Glen­fin road just 7.4km from Bally­bofey. Ac­cord­ing to auc­tion­eer Keith An­der­son, 25ac of the ground is made up of good qual­ity mead­ow­ing and graz­ing with the rest of the land in rea­son­ably good graz­ing con­di­tion with 6ac of poorer qual­ity.

A res­i­dence with the farm is a sin­gle-storey cot­tage with ac­com­mo­da­tion that in­cludes a sit­ting room with an open fire­place and a lam­i­nated floor, a liv­ing room with a solid fuel range, a kitchen with fit­ted units, a bath­room and two bed­rooms while a stor­age space or box room could be turned into a third bed­room. The house was roofed with new cladding in 2011, the win­dows are of tim­ber and sin­gle glazed with wa­ter pro­vided from a pri­vate well.

There is a range of farm build­ings in the yard in­clud­ing a lofted store, a hayshed that dou­bles as a lamb­ing shed, a range of stone byres and stores along with a cat­tle crush and a load­ing yard.

A coun­try road di­vides the lands re­sult­ing in plenty of road frontage — with the proper plan­ning per­mis­sion, the road­side fields could have site po­ten­tial. Much of the land that is lo­cated to the rear of the cot­tage is good qual­ity ground.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr An­der­son, the farm could do with re-stock­ing and he says a new owner will have a very worth­while piece of ground and a good project on his or her hands. “The cur­rent owner is a part-time farmer re­tir­ing from farm­ing and it isn’t of­ten we have a farm of this size in one block on the mar­ket in this area so there is great in­ter­est all around,” he said.

Bal­ly­croy, Mayo

Mov­ing south­west to Mayo, a unique par­cel of ground at the heart of Bal­ly­croy Na­tional Park in Co Mayo is be­ing sold by the own­ers in a pri­vate sale. Michael and Mar­garet Leneghan are sell­ing 400ac of land at Tarsaghaun Beg South, Bal­ly­croy, West­port.

The en­tire prop­erty con­sist­ing of 824ac has been in the Leneghan fam­ily since 1931 and they are now bring­ing al­most half of the land to the mar­ket with a guide of €3,000/ac.

The hold­ing is bor­dered to the west and east by Bal­ly­croy Na­tional Park, one of six in the coun­try. This par­tic­u­lar park was es­tab­lished in 1998 and com­prises 11,000ac of At­lantic blan­ket bog and moun­tain­ous ter­rain. Sit­u­ated about 10km from Ban­gor Er­ris and about 12km from the Bal­ly­croy Vis­i­tors Cen­tre, the land is bounded by the Ban­gor Trail, an an­cient path which has been used for over a thou­sand years to travel through the Nephin Beg Moun­tain.

Michael Leneghan, who lives in nearby Ban­gor Er­ris, de­scribes Tarsaughan as a very un­usual plot of land, most suited to graz­ing sheep. “There is no stock­ing rate as it is a pri­vate hold­ing and fenc­ing is sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion. The land can be sold in a sin­gle lot or plots rang­ing from 25ac to 100ac. It is ideally suited to new or young farm­ers seek­ing area based pay­ments,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the sale of this unique hold­ing, con­tact the own­ers Michael and Mar­garet Leneghan on 087 6437414.

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