The 69-acre farm is well known, primarily as the property of the late Shiela O’Brien, who was a very un-usual woman for her time.
A farmer, she was a very well known stock woman and her heifers always commanded excellent prices, says Liam Murphy. In fact, they often set the standard at the mart.
A single woman in a world of men, she was widely regarded as a very capable farmer and even in latter years, when her farm was leased, she continued to take a strong interest in the management and fertility of her land, he says.
Ms O’Brien’s hard work and determination saw her live to 97, according to local sources, and now her well-minded property is offered at auction for the beneficiaries of her estate.
The 69-acre farm includes 16 acres of forestry and the remainder in pasture in two blocks, with a residence and yard — even the residence is unusual, a single-storey, flat roofed bungalow with some architectural merit that she had built to replace an older dwelling on the site.
The house is in good condition, says Liam Murphy. It comes with three bedrooms, two receptions and a bathroom. The yard includes a silo pit, cubicle house and a number of small, old style storage sheds, storage sheds.
The pasture ground is all in one block and easily managed he says and has good frontage onto the Knocknagree/Boherbue road within two kilometres of the village.
The farm is in the disadvantaged area and comes with an annual premium of over €2,000 per annum with a similar amount derived from the forestry, which has three years remaining.
And with locals aware that the sale was going to happen for some time, there should be a very large turnout for the auction, says Murphy. He’s also had good interest from south and east Kerry farmers, he says, and expects that there might be competitive bidding as the land is very good for the area and farms of that size rarely arise.
He gives a rough guide of €6,500 for the pasture land and around €3,500 to €4,000 for the forestry ground. A ballpark guideline would be give a total of €400,000 for the entire property.