Left winged by his county’s All-Ireland final defeat, Castlecomer auctioneer Joe Coogan has solace in handling the sale of the largest Kilkenny Farms to market in a while.
The 234ac residential holding in Columbusil, 1.6 km from Thomastown, is in two lots of 22ac and 212ac, on either side of Griguenamanagh Road, providing plenty of street frontage.
Most of the land is in grass, 30 acres were planted in forestry 30 years ago – it no longer commands a premium.
Mr Coogan is expecting it to earn between €10,000 and €15,000/ac on the private treaty market, but it could be offered for sale by auction in October.
The traditional two-story farmhouse would need renovation and modernization, although the section below was in place until a few weeks ago.
Set 800 m back from the road on an elevated point towards Thomastown, it is accessed by an avenue that provides access to the land and may have been the basis of a central roadway.
Built in the 19th century, the four-bedroom 2,785-square-foot home includes an extension added a few years ago. There are two large reception rooms.
Out the door, the yard is a mix of the new and the traditional.
“About 45 years ago it would have been at the center of a progressive beef operation,” explains Mr. Coogan.
Although dated and in various states of repair, it still has uses in the yard.
Older buildings – such as the many slatted stone sheds in the rear of the house – have a lot of character and could have potential as a rural renovation project.
More modern infrastructure includes a round-roof shed with double lean-to and housing for up to 60 cattle, including a pair of round-roof sheds.
The A-roof slotted shed has the accommodation for about 30 cattle.
The land has been rented for many years and is described as “sound pasture”, it could do with re-seeding and general clearing.
It is spread over large fields and surrounded by traditional hedgerows. Mr Coogan believes it has strong dairy potential.
“It’s a lovely farm to do something,” he said. Part of 30ac is in forestry, which was planted 30 years ago.
The property is offered in whole or in two lots. The main part consists of houses and yards with 182ac in grass and 30ac in forestry.
22ac is on the opposite side of the road.
Castlecomer Forestry Land €6,794/ac . manufactures
In a recent auction Mr. Coogan sold a 39ac parcel of mixed land in Firouda, Castlecomer. He describes the land as “suitable for grazing or planting”.
In a live auction that took only 90 seconds to finish, the property opened for €150,000 and quickly drew a bid of €265,000, where it sold. This made €6,794/ac, a handsome price for marginal land.