Sale of farm on Blackwater should create a flurry

ON the southern bank of the Blackwater and close to the Co Waterford border, the sale of this substantial 90-acre farm at Waterpark, Ballyduff, should create a flurry.

It is the home of the Canning family, who are heavily involved with Ballyduff Drama Group, which has garnered a number of awards at a national level. Geraldine and the late Bill Canning have directed award-winning plays with the group, which has a high profile in this highly-competitive arena.

Michael Barry of Property Partners Dick Barry and Son, Fermoy, is selling the farm, which includes a 100 unit-plus piggery and an assortment of agricultural buildings, including a milking parlour.

The land has been let for some time, but has not been tenanted prior to sale, and is mainly under pasture, with some 16 acres of a glen under deciduous planting. This brings in a tax-free income of around €3,500 a year, says Barry, and the guarantee of further income from the crop when mature.

Then, there’s a 50-acre block, in three divisions with central farm roadway, that could be sold in one lot, and which is suitable for tillage or grazing, the agent says.

The house, yard and forestry could be included in another lot, along with the remaining pasture land — or the house can be sold separately with the forestry, he says.

Either way, Michael Barry is open to offers on lots from interested parties, and gives a guide price of in excess of €10,000 per acre for the entire.

With renewed interest in land, and high per acre prices being achieved, the hope is that a farm of this size will bring in considerable buyer interest.

The land is top quality, says Barry, is well fenced and laid out, with central roadway, and would make a fine farm in its own right, or may suit expanding farmers who could fund smaller lots.

Farm buildings include the 100-unit piggery, a three-column haybarn with lean-to, slatted house and cubicle house, and an old milking parlour.

The farmhouse is a substantial and very attractive four-bed property in superb condition and this can be sold separately, depending on demand.

Waterpark, Ballyduff, is three miles from Ballyduff Upper, and eight miles from Fermoy town.

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