Knockara Stables is a lovely compact horse farm in Emly, Co. Tipperary on the western edge of Premier County, bordered on three sides by East Limerick.
The stone house and small stable yard at 31.3ac is being sold privately by Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes for €575,000.
The village of Emly, some 14 km west of the town of Tipperary and 7 km east of Hospital, Co Limerick, is the seat of an ancient diocese which was incorporated into the Archdiocese of Cashel in 1718.
A monastery founded there by St Ailbe in the 6th century became the basis for the founding of Emly as a diocese at the Synod of Rath Breasail in 1118.
Over the centuries the abbots of the monastery became bishops of the small diocese with parishes in East Limerick, West Tipperary and South East Clare.
The diocesan cathedral was destroyed by fires in 1192 and again in 1827. By 1876 it had been completely abandoned.
A few miles from the ancient site is the Townsland Clashdrumsmith, home of the Knockara Stables, which includes a charming stone house and a number of stables and equestrian facilities.
The property was purchased by Maria Mulcahy and her husband George Durrheim in 1989. After stripping it down to the walls, over the years they have expanded it, adding a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom on the ground floor on one side and a small industrial food production on the other.
Maria got into the artisan grocery business in 2003 and started Knockara Pâtés, which she sold at nearby farmers’ markets.
The purpose built production and storage area adjacent to the house could be converted into another bedroom or home office. It is also made of stone.
“I love stone and when it came to extending the house we took all the stone from the land,” Maria explains, recalling hair-raising trips from different corners of the yard trying to pull a tractor with a loaded crate to steer behind.
The two story home has three bedrooms upstairs and another bedroom with en-suite bathroom downstairs. this has French doors leading to a patio area.
The kitchen has a traditional Aga set in a stone setting. Across the hall, the living room is a cozy space with a stone fireplace and a ceiling supported by Oregon pine beams.
Outside there is a stable block with five stalls, a lunging ring, a treatment room, a foaling room with tack room and feed storage, a small paddock for mare and foal at the back and an enclosed three-post hay barn.
“Breeding and national hunting races were the focus,” explains Maria.
“A love of horses came from my father, Claude Thompson, who bred Saffron Tartan, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1963, while my mother, Jean Ryan, was heavily involved in the Scarteen Hunt.”
Knockara had his own claim to fame as Maria and George Knockara bred Beau who had a glittering career winning the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2014.
The land at Knockara is the best of Tipperary, stretching behind and to the side of the house with plenty of street frontage to the main road into Tipperary.
With the Galtee Mountains visible from the higher paddocks the farm is in a beautiful setting.
It is fully fenced with a combination of electric fence and hedge. Water from the mains and a private well is piped to each paddock.
Maria’s husband died in 2019 and she is now leaving Knockara for Australia to be close to her son and his family.
“I will be very sad if I can,” she says, “but I am ready, the time has come and I look forward to passing it on to someone who will have a happy home here.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/farm-property/munster-farm-sales/31ac-tipperary-farm-with-stables-guided-at-575000-bred-a-cheltenham-gold-cup-winner-41929636.html 31ac Tipperary Farm and Stables, listed at €575,000, bred a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner