Over 150 people packed into the Anner Hotel, Thurles, for last week’s auction of a 217-acre residential farm situated at Fortwilliam House, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary. This was the biggest farm to be offered for sale in Tipperary so far this year and, consequently, generated a plethora of local passing interest with many turning up just to soak up the atmosphere. Although the combination of the lots and the entire were neck and neck for most of the auction, it was the entire that won out by about €40,000 and was knocked down at €2.2m.

Selling agent Thomas V Ryan, Thurles, initially offered the property in a range of lots which attracted no less than 10 active bidders. These included Fortwilliam House on circa six acres, which was bid to €220,000; 94.86 acres fetched €770,000; 90 acres peaked at €670,000; 12.6 acres of landlocked ground went to €120,000; 14 acres with laneway access was making a cracking price of €210,000 or €15,000/acre; while a combination of the 94.86 acres and the 12.6 acres (totalling 107.4 acres) was bid to €1,060,000.