It was Spy Wednesday when I headed for east Limerick to spy on a 106ac residential farm at Knockroe and Knockenaroe near Old Pallas, not far from Pallasgreen. By Jim O’Brien.
It was my first time in Old Pallas. I followed the N24 from Limerick until I reached Pallasgreen where a right hand turn led me to higher ground and the crossroads that is the village of Old Pallas.
Just outside the village I came on the farm and its neat grey farmhouse set in a traditional courtyard of well-maintained sheds and garages.
The option to make an offer on this fine parcel of land remains open until 3pm this Friday. The sale price is guided by Tipperary auctioneer Matthew Ryan at €8,000/ac.
The house is a two-bedroom cottage with an attic room. It needs some refurbishment although it has PVC windows, doors, soffit and facia. The front courtyard is home to a double garage or store set at right angles to the rear of the house with a long stone shed with a relatively fresh cladded roof faces the dwelling.
A galvanised gate opens to the back courtyard and here is found the old milking parlour with six traditional cow stalls and next to this is a machinery shed.
The yard also contains the most substantial building, a three-column, round-roofed shed with a lean-to and also an old dairy. Other facilities include a large concrete apron and cattle-handing facilities and a separate entrance to the yard.
There is little doubt that the yard and its facilities were developed and maintained by a careful owner who valued tasty work.
The land is in two lots divided by the public road.
Behind the house, a 55ac portion rises to a substantial height and is covered by a fine sward of grass.
There is some evidence of poaching here and there but the ground is in great heart.
Mr Ryan says it has been let for many years and the tenants renting have looked after it very well.
There are fantastic views from the higher part of the ground that sweeps down to the road where the land at the other side is in a 51ac parcel laid out in a number of fields that are lower in nature but again rise away from the road.
The divisions are large and divided by electric fencing with electric fencing also running around the boundary, while on fences are created by furze.
There is plenty of road frontage at both sides of the road dividing the farm but Mr Ryan believes that planning permission would be difficult to get given the restricted line of sight.
However, there are farm gateways to both sections.
The property can be bought in lots or with the house, with yards on 55ac forming one lot and 51ac at the opposite side of the road forming the other.
The area has plenty of active and progressive farms and it is to be expected that some of them will have declared interest in the property before the deadline for offers is reached at 3pm on this Friday, April 21.