As fate would have it, another property from Carbury in Co Kildare is coming up for sale this week.
I’m glad that’s the case, because I owe it to the good citizens if Carbury has an apology. In last week’s issue I wrote about a 94ac farm in Carrick in a fictional location called “Carberry” and I really don’t know how I made that mistake.
I know Carbury well, I’ve hiked there and written about it enough times to know how to spell it. Nonetheless, last week my “berry” became a “berry” and my reputation took a hit.
To mitigate this, I’m experimenting with a dictation feature on my computer that isn’t fully tuned to the Irish accent, much less the Limerick version.
It garbles a lot of what I write, but I usually manage to correct its damage before the material is printed. In fact, what it’s done to Carbury is mild compared to what it’s done to other names and places.
I recently did an article on West Cork and the machine decided that Clonakilty was a ‘clinical study’, Dunmanway was ‘manually made’ and Ballydehob was ‘Belita Hub’. Horror of all horrors, Münster became a “defiler”.
Anyway, as my father used to tell us, a worker should never blame his tools, and I don’t blame the machine. I apologize to the good people of Carbury for my lack of vigilance.
Carbury is back in property news this week with a 42ac stake in Balrinnet – one of two auctions being jointly handled by Thomas Potterton of Trim and Coonans of Maynooth.
It is described as a good grazing farm set on five fields with decent frontage to a side road and a natural water supply. It is 4km from Broadford and 15km from Enfield with easy access to the old N4 and M4. According to both auctioneers, it would be an ideal site for a home, subject to planning.
Although it is in a heavily agricultural area and suitable for most farming operations, the presence of sand and gravel deposits could provide other opportunities as well. Kilsaran/Clonard Quarry and some smaller sand and gravel operations are close by.
With a guide value of 8,000 to 10,000 €/ac, the property is scheduled for sale on Tuesday 6 April.
23ac Meath Holding is listed at €12,000/ac
Both agents are also handling the sale of a 23ac fringe property with a stable yard at Rathfeigh near Royal Tara in Co Meath. The property is sold at the same auction with an indicative value of €12,000/ac.
Located adjacent to Rathfeigh Church, the company has right of way from the church car park and front to a side road.
Close to the Snail Box pub, 10km from Ratoath and Dunshaughlin and 12km from Ashbourne.
The compact farm consists of elevated and gently sloping terrain with some beautiful stands of trees and mature hedges.
All grass, it comes with a stable block with 16 stables laid out in a courtyard format.
The previous owner had a keen interest in horses and the property also contains a disused canter which would be a welcome facility for anyone with equestrian interests.
Coonans’ Philip Byrne says it could have potential for a site with the street frontage. Thomas Potterton agrees, saying the place has the makings of a nice hobby farm or a decent horse farm.
It will be auctioned at the Property Exchange Trim and online on Tuesday 6th December at 3pm.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/farm-property/leinster-farm-sales/jim-obrien-my-reputation-is-berried-after-carbury-gaffe-42180211.html Jim O’Brien: My reputation is “berry” for Carbury faux pas.