A lot of farmland has been moving in the north Cork area in recent weeks.
While this part of Ireland was once a battleground where Cromwellian forces bulldozed through and changed the political and social landscape for centuries, the current round of exchanges is a far more civilised affair.
That said, there is still plenty of excitement generated when it comes to a large good-quality block of land making its way onto the market.
A current offering from agricultural land specialist Christy Buckley is another good example — an 80-acre non-residential farm in the townland of Skehanagh.
The selling agent said the farm consists of very good quality land, well fenced and well laid-out level fields with good road frontage.
In addition, the property comes with some good outbuildings and is within easy reach of the small town of Doneraile.
The lively market town of Doneraile — 4km to the west — is distinctive for a number of reasons.
One of the first associations that people make with the place is that of the First Steeplechase, which was held in 1752 in this area between the steeples of Doneraile and Buttevant — 8km away to the west.
This is also the point where the N20 — Cork-Limerick main road — passes, putting the piece of land in question close to good quality road links.
The other great first for Doneraile has to do with what we now refer to as the agri-food business.
It was here that the first agricultural co-operative and creamery in Ireland came into being in 1899.
Ever since, dairying has played an important role in the make-up of the farming industry here and the general trend locally is the dominance of dairying and dry cattle.
According to Christy, this particular holding is most certainly suited to dairying: “The grassland here couldn’t be better,” he says. “You’ve also got very good frontage and there’s a very good farmyard and outbuildings.”
The agent confirms that there is currently an offer on the property that is close to the reserve.
The asking price of €10,000/acre, meanwhile, is reasonable for the size quality of land and excellent road frontage.
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