Matt Dunne, the Portarlington based Auctioneer, has been instructed to sell a very attractive parcel of top quality arable land just on the outskirts of Stradbally Village at Ballinlough.
The land was once part of an estate which belonged to the MacKintosh family before being re-distributed by the Land Commission.
Because of its proximity to the Rock of Dunamase, it is often referred to as Dunamase.
The land has been farmed by the Maher family for the past four generations but in recent times it has been leased to various farmers.
The land comprising of c. 21 acres is elevated, free draining and its rich limestone soil has given exceptional yields down through the years.
Many different crops have been successfully grown here, including fodder and sugar beet, maize, winter and spring barley, with the most recent crop in rotation being rapeseed, with great yields.
It was also set to grass for a number of years producing good crops of hay and silage, and providing abundant aftergrass for grazing.
Hedgerows give this field an excellent linear outline, making it easy to subdivide for paddock grazing or a crop rotation plan.
The land has mains water and extensive road frontage, which makes it ideal for a house (subject to planning permission) and its only three miles from Stradbally Village, five miles motorway and Portlaoise.
The land is elevated with a natural incline, ideal for training horses.
It might also attract a buyer from Kildare, where the land is so much more expensive.
Matt Dunne is confident that the land will sell on the day and has a very realistic guide price of €9,000 per acre.
The auction takes place in Dick Dunnes Pub, Stradbally on Tuesday, October 11 at 4pm.