Farm on Ballyneale ‘estate’

A FORMER part of the big Ballyneale estate lands, near Limerick’s Ballingarry, goes under the auction hammer in mid-November – complete with a carp lake and fishing lodge.

Ballyneale House, and several hundred acres of land, was home for years to the late Lewis Gluckman, a 1980s CEO and chairman of Lehman Brothers.

Glucksman and his wife, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, vacated to make the 1990s move to East Grove House, in Cork harbour, before making their mark further in acts of philanthropy, funding both UCC’s Glucksman Gallery, as well as Gluckman Ireland House for Irish Studies, in New York.

Ballyneale House was acquired by a British financier and family, who put it up for sale in 2007, with an €8m price tag via Michael H Daniels, and it remains on the market. It has a swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and 900 m plane landing strip.

Now, Ballyneale’s owners appears keen to sell at least some of the land/asset, and have offered what’s being called Ballyneale Farm, a 115-acre holding with three-bed guest lodge, designed by architect, Michael Healy, and a one-and-a-quarter-acre carp lake, well-stocked and with a dozen 25 to 30 lb fish in it.

The 1,080 sq ft lodge has been used for angling tourism, as an income generator, and has 11 fishing stands.

Estate agent, David Ashmore, of Savills, prices the entire at €1.05m, but is prepared to sell in lots, at auction, on November 18. Suggested lots are 74 acres of good grassland with three barns, for €630,000, another offering is the lodge, lake and 34 acres, for €320,000, and seven acres with road frontage and house site possibilities, for €100,000.

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