One of the events that fell victim to the recent arctic weather was the auction of a very rare and interesting piece of farm land in Ennis, Co Clare.
The auction was meant to have taken place on March 2, but has been moved to Friday, March 23, at 12:00 pm in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis
The 87-acre non-residential farm is located on Shanaway Road in the county town.
It’s an unusually large quantity of farmland so close to urban life.
Another curious thing about the land is that it is not zoned for any residential development potential, even though one would imagine there would be some wily investor out there with a very long term view on that.
In any case, the interest so far has been coming from agricultural sources only, according to the selling agents, DNG O’Sullivan Hurley, based in Ennis.
The land is accessed via an entrance onto Shanaway Road on the western side of Ennis.
It is close to the Banner GAA Club and the Woodstock Golf & Country Club.
The town centre is within walking distance.
The land certainly looks impressive from the roadside, and would appear to be of quite good quality.
It slopes down to the River Inch, which runs along a good part of its south-eastern boundary.
“Yes, it’s very unusual to have such an amount of land so close to the town,” says Clare Murphy of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley.
“There is a lot of interest in it. There are cattle grazing on it at the moment.”
As for the price, the guide is set at what seems to be a very reasonable figure of €450,000, or €5,000 per acre.
Given that we’re in an era where even forestry land is achieving such prices (albeit in the right circumstances), this particular package should prove a very tempting one for a number of bidders.