For sale with Kenmare auctioneers DNG Timothy O’Sullivan, a 30-acre non-residential holding located just 7km from the busy Kerry market town/tourist destination is generating plenty of interest locally.
Good land will always be of interest to local farmers, and a smaller holding such as this one can be the answer to the prayers of those looking to extend their farms.
With a very reasonable asking price of €250,000 (or €9,000 per acre), this piece of land is in the size bracket that would typically have had an avalanche of offers this time two years ago. As things stand, the interest is certainly there, according to selling agent Tadhg O’Sullivan, but we are living in more caution-dominated times.
“There’s some good grassland in it,” says Tadhg of the property, situated about 6km west of Kilgarvan. With such a location between two lively towns, there is certainly a lot going for this property.
The setting is also an attractive one: an elevated south-facing setting with views over the Roughty Valley.
This valley is famous for a tradition of vintage car collecting; the local Roughty Valley Vintage Club is a well-known and active club.
Perhaps more famously still is the association with the name of the Healy-Rae family.
Within Kilgarvan itself, the Healy-Rae Park housing development bears the name of the highly successful political dynasty which reflects a somewhat rebellious local spirit.
It’s a spirit that goes all the way back to the 13th century, when Kilgarvan was the flashpoint of the Battle of Callan, in which the Norman overlords were defeated by their Gaelic tribal rivals, thus limiting the power of the Normans in Ireland for centuries thereafter.
Even the local “big house” was destroyed during the War of Independence, keeping in line with this strong tradition of resisting the status quo and the powers-that-be.
Kenmare, meanwhile, is one of the undisputed jewels on the Ring of Kerry.
A vibrant and pretty town, it is one of the most important market towns in the area.
It’s also one of the best in Ireland from a culinary point of view, with plenty of good-quality restaurants at multiple levels.
“The interest so far has been positive,” adds Tadhg, who says that there are no entitlements with the 30-acre farm.
Access is good, direct from a public road towards the end of a cul-de-sac. Another string to its bow is that the property includes a registered gravel quarry.
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