The site of the former Donegal Creameries plant at Ballyraine in Letterkenny has gone sale agreed. The selling price is in excess of the €1.4m guide price, according to the auctioneers DNG Boyce Gallagher.

The site was well known to generations of farmers. Once, it was outside the edge of the town, now there are residential and commercial developments alongside and around it.

Milk processing moved some years ago to the modern plant at Killygordon.

In latter years, Aurivo rented the Letterkenny site from the current owners, Donegal Investments.

According to Henry Mc Cahey of DNG Boyce Gallagher, at one stage cheese manufacturing was carried out at the creamery site.

The site is 5.4ac or 2.2ha in size and zoned for further development.

On the current development plan for Letterkenny it is listed at an opportunity site.

This means there is allowance for large areas to be used for retail, storage and other commercial purposes.

The site was put on the market by DNG Boyce Gallagher at the start of 2020 and the plan was to go to auction. However, that was before the pandemic struck. In the end it was offered by private treaty.