Get ready to battle it out for a large self-contained holding in Knockardfree

A large self-contained holding in one block of level pasture land in north Cork. It’s not often that you can talk about such an exciting prospect being presented to the market but such is the case with a farm newly listed with Macroom-based Killian Lynch Auctioneers.

This residential farm is 8km from Liscarroll village in the townland of Knockardfree. Liscarroll was once an important base of the powerful Geraldine/FitzGerald dynasty and the huge Hiberno-Norman fortress (Liscarroll Castle) that still dominates the village bears witness to this.

It was here that a defining battle took place in 1642 between the defending Irish confederates and a smaller force of English troops and Protestant militia.

It was all part of the brutal changes that swept through the country during the War of the Three Kingdoms, with the Fitzgerald family alone losing over a dozen of their members.

Thankfully, we’re unlikely to see such mayhem over this particular piece of land, but for a rare jewel as this, there are already signs of a battle ensuing, according to selling agent Killian: “The signs only went up a few days ago and we’ve already got four or five calls on it. It’s a standalone entity: It’s big enough to stand on its own two feet.

“There are 130 acres there altogether, with every single bit of it under pasture. It could make an ideal dairy farm, tillage farm, or anything you want.

“All the ground is quite level and all the paddocks are a good size. The entire farm has all been reseeded in the last five years and it’s fully fenced.”

The farm is accessed via a cul-de-sac public roadway with a good internal roadway, an excellent water and electricity supply, with a river forming part of the boundary.

The outbuildings are in superb condition, the agent says. “There are housing facilities there at the moment for 250 cattle.

"There’s a very large slatted tank there, cubicle shed, haybarn, silage pads… It’s a real modern dairy farm and if a person was looking at it for dairying, all that’s missing is a parlour.

“The outbuildings are top of the range… most of them have been built in the last few years. If you look at the value of those buildings alone, you could put them at €200,000, and that’s excluding the house.”

This is a very valid point as the asking price of €1,200,000 comes out at a very reasonable €7,700 per acre if one deducts such a price for the quality outbuildings.

"Even ignoring this, the per-acre cost is still under the national average. In addition, there is the dwelling itself — a habitable property.”

The two-storey house offers about 950ft sq of living space, with four bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. It has a BER figure of E1. Killian says: “It needs to be decorated, but structurally, everything is fine. With a small bit of work, you could live there tomorrow morning.”

There are some further stone outbuildings too, including a semi-derelict shed and another house in a derelict condition.

Joint selling agents are Millstreet-based Dick Pomeroy & Co, with Catherine Pomeroy the main agent involved.

The farm comes with entitlements (another rarity in today’s market) worth €5,000 per annum.

Although in a rural location, the accessibility of this farm is assured by the fact that it’s 10km from Kanturk, about 20 minutes from Mallow, and less than a 40-minute drive from Cork City.

Although it’s currently for sale by private treaty, the agents haven’t completely ruled out the possibility of public auction.

A rare quality ready-to-go farming operation such as this one doesn’t come along every day of the week so there will surely be more than one interested party ready to do battle to own it.


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