A 62.5ac dairy farm with a good, traditional farmhouse has come on the market near Thomastown in Co Kilkenny. The farm is at Ballydonnell and it will go for public auction at the end of July. It’s being sold by Joe Coogan Auctioneers.

While 62.5ac is a modest milking platform in today’s world, there is likely to be keen interest in this holding – both from dairy farmers wanting to expand and from farmers hoping to enter dairying.

The main block of land is divided into nine main fields.

The highlights of this farm are that it has 60ac in one block, set up in paddocks and has some internal roadways. The balance of 2.5ac is separate, 100m up the road, with its own road frontage of about 60m.

In addition, this is good Kilkenny grassland, suited for all purposes. The land is divided into nine main fields, most south facing. The 60ac block has about 225m of frontage on to the public road.

This is good Kilkenny grassland.

Yard and facilities

The farmyard is relatively old but is in working condition. It includes an eight-unit milking parlour and dairy.

The bulk tank in the dairy.

There is a cubicle house for 70 dairy cows and slatted shed housing for another 50 store cattle.

The yard has cubicle house for 70 dairy cows plus slatted housing for store cattle.

There is a three-bay round-roofed hayshed and a cattle handling chute. These sheds are set back behind the house and road. In addition, there are a number of smaller, older sheds and stores beside the house and road.

The eight-unit milking machine is in daily use.


The two-storey farmhouse was built in 1927, is well maintained and has plenty of character. Downstairs there are two reception rooms – both with fireplaces incorporating stoves. There is a fitted kitchen/dining area, a utility room and bathroom.

Upstairs are the four bedrooms (one en suite) plus the main bathroom. The house has oil-fired central heating, PVC double-glazed windows and is energy rated (BER) G.

The kitchen is modern and brightly finished.

The location is 3km from Thomastown, 17km from Kilkenny and 44km from Waterford city. Thomastown railway station is approximately 1.5km away. The farmhouse is approximately 500m from the back gate of Mount Juliet.

The property will be offered in four lots.

Lot one will be the farmhouse and sheds on 59.383ac. There is no guide price on this lot. Lot two will be the separate 2.510ac field, offered subject to planning permission for one dwelling, guided at €48,000.

Lot three will be the farmhouse and farm buildings on 2.693ac, guided at €300,000.

Lot four will be 56.69ac of land guided at €13,500/ac. The farm goes for auction on Friday 30 July at the auctioneer’s premises at Ballycomey House Castlecomer at 3pm.