80-acre holding near Kanturk ‘capable of €11k-€12k/acre’

Aerial view of the 72-acre farm at Bruff, Limerick

In a week when a number of larger-sized holdings have come on the market, an 80-acre residential farm just 4km north of Kanturk is one of the highly anticipated and sought-after offerings in the country.

This particular farm’s pedigree is known far and wide in these parts. For many years, it was run by owners John and Breeda O’Sullivan. 

He was formerly the manager of North Cork Co-operative Creameries, and their farming operation was a model one noted for breeding of Friesian, Limousin and Simmental cattle over the last 50 years.

According to the agents, the 80 acres are of “excellent quality”, currently under permanent pasture, laid out in easily worked divisions close to the farmyard. 

“We’ve a lot of interest in the farm,” says Kanturk-based selling agent Liam Murphy. 

“It’s a very fine place and this man [John O’Sullivan] ran a very good beef and dairy business.

“The land is absolutely excellent. It’s suited to all types of farming. There’s a very good dwelling house there, it has very good road access and the yard has a lot of good buildings. 

"There’s a private and a public water supply, and about 500 metres of road frontage.” There are also entitlements with the farm, currently worth €11,400 per annum.

The bungalow was built by a local architect in an “American” style in 1968. It has been very well maintained since, and consists of a generous 1,600 square feet of living space. 

Accommodation includes reception, hallway, utility room, living room, kitchen/dining room, four bedrooms and a bathroom.

The interest so far has been coming from all over Cork and Kerry and from beyond as far as Kilkenny, according to the selling agent.

The farm may be sold in lots, but says Liam Murphy, it is looking increasingly like being sold in one block, going by the nature of enquiries so far: “I think that at this point in time, it’s looking more and more likely that it will be sold in one block.”

As for a price, Liam says valuing such a high-quality farm with a strong reputation is not easy: “It’s quite hard to put a price on this property but the top of the market at the moment would be €11,000-€12,000 per acre and we have land here that is capable of that kind of price.”

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