234ac Kilkenny Farm with refurbishment project potential for €10,000-15,000/ac

Castlecomer auctioneer Joe Coogan, distraught by the ultimate defeat of his county of All-Ireland, has the solace of managing the sale of the largest Kilkenny farm to come on the market in some time.

he 234ac condominium in Columbcille, 1 mile from Thomastown, occupies two lots, 22ac and 212ac, on either side of Graiguenamanagh Street, giving the site plenty of street frontage.

Most of the land is grass, with 30ac planted in forestry over 30 years ago – it no longer charges premiums.

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The farm is on good, elevated ground.

Mr Coogan hopes it will fetch between €10,000 and €15,000/ac in the private contract market but it could go up for sale via auction in October.

The traditional two storey farmhouse needs some renovation and modernization although the lower part was inhabited until a few weeks ago.

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The 2,785 sqm house is in need of modernization.

Situated 800m from the road on elevated ground overlooking Thomastown, it is accessed via an avenue which also gives access to the land and could form the basis of a central road.

The 19th century 2,785 sqm four bedroom house has an annexe that was added a few years ago. There are two large reception rooms.

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The ground floor of the house was inhabited until recently.

Outdoors, the courtyard is a mix of the new and the traditional.

“Some 45 years ago this would have been the heart of a progressive beef operation,” explains Mr. Coogan.

Although obsolete and in various states of repair, the yard still has its uses.

The older buildings – like a row of slate-covered stone sheds at the back of the house – have lots of character and could have potential as a rural renovation project.

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The country is healthy but needs to be cleaned up and refreshed.

The more modern infrastructure includes a round-roof barn with double shelter and accommodation for up to 60 cattle, which is connected to two round-roof barns.

A slatted barn with an A-roof offers space for approx. 30 cattle.

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Forestry’s 30ac was planted 30 years ago.

The land has been leased for a number of years and although it is described as ‘healthy pasture land’ it could use a reseeding and general clean up.

It is laid out in large fields and fenced with a traditional hedge. Mr. Coogan believes it has strong dairy potential.

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The land was leased and partly used for horses.

“It’s a nice farm to do something with,” he said. Part of 30ac is in forestry, planted 30 years ago.

The property is offered as a whole or in two lots. The main portion consists of house and yard with 182ac grass and 30ac forestry.

The 22ac is across the street.

Forestcomer forest land makes €6,794/ac

In a recent auction Mr Coogan sold a 39 ac mixed lot in Firoda, Castlecomer. He describes the soil as “suitable for grazing or planting”.

In a lively auction that lasted just 90 seconds, the property opened at €150,000 and quickly bid for €265,000 where it was sold. It made €6,794/ac, a handsome price for marginal terrain.

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