Four farmers walked into the Ardboyne Hotel last week determined to buy a 187ac farm at Kilmurray, Co Meath, but only one walked out the owner. Raymond Potterton opened for business at €1.3m accepting a number of further bids of €100,000 to bring the price up to €1.6m.

At that, the four farmers involved slowed the pace, now bidding in €50,000 increments. However, at €1.85m a dairy farmer from Co Dublin, threw a bid of €150,000 on the table rounding the price up to €2m and silencing his three opponents. Kilmurray is excellent land set up with an 18-unit parlour. Over 20 people attended the auction.