Some of the most fertile farmland in the country is in North Kerry and none is more fertile than the soil around Ardfert.
he town is home to one of Ireland’s oldest monastic sites, including the ruins of a 12th-century cathedral dedicated to the wandering St Brendan.
The presence of a monastic settlement is generally a good indication of the quality of the land and Ardfert is no exception.
A North Kerry native recently reminded me that the village was the site of the largest annual cattle market in Ireland, held on Whit Monday.
He also drew my attention to a 55.5 acre farm for sale on the outskirts of the village in a townland called Sackville.
I’ve searched high and low as to why this townland is called Sackville and I couldn’t find a word on it.
Does it have anything to do with Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset who twice served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1731 and 1755?
Dublin’s main street was named after him and, fascinatingly, he was a member of the Kit-Kat Club, an early 18th-century political group of Whig leaders. (There is a renowned Berlin nightclub of the same name). I digress.
The 55.5ac stock in Sackville, on the outskirts of Ardfert, has a pre-auction price of €20,000/ac which reflects its quality.
Described by auctioneer Ger Carmody as ‘an exceptional property’, the farm is adjacent to the GAA site, 11km north west of Tralee.
On a plot of land about 500m frontage, the site has recently been seeded with vegetables which will produce a crop of Brussels sprouts this winter. It also has a reputation as a good potato base.
The yard includes a six post slatted shed, an eight unit milking parlor with a large tank, and a hay barn with double shelters.
The milking infrastructure is fully intact but has not been used for eight to ten years.
The auctioneer has no doubts about the quality of this two-leaf case back. “This is one of the best properties to come onto the market in recent memory,” he said.
The stock will be auctioned to the public at 3pm on Wednesday 6 April at the Grand Hotel, Tralee.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/farm-property/munster-farm-sales/cream-of-north-kerry-land-guided-at-20000ac-41496987.html Cream from North Kerry Land listed at €20,000/ac