Former GAA lands set to go under the hammer

The lands at Mountain South

More than 100 acres of land in Athenry – once earmarked for an €8 million GAA training facility – are set to go under the hammer next week with a price tag of €750,000.

The 103 acres at Mountain South are being sold on the instruction of the Galway GAA County Committee.

It was bought by the GAA near the height of the Celtic Tiger boom in 2006 for €2.8m, and a further €535,000 was paid towards servicing the debt and drawing up a planning application for the site.

The farm is situated two miles from Athenry on the Craughwell road having close proximity to the M6 Galway-Dublin motorway and the M6/M17/M18 interchange at Rathmorrissey and is contained in one lot.

The land is being sold by Cathal Moran Auctioneers with joint agents GVA Donal O’Buachalla.

“According to the selling agents: “The property is comprised in various large fields with internal field divisions and with water laid on throughout. The property is a very attractive non-residential farm and the Esker River flows through the property on the Athenry side.

“They would be considered good quality limestone lands which have been reclaimed over the years and are good dry quality lands. They have been grazed with sheep and cattle over recent years and have the advantage of some excellent natural shelter with well-defined boundaries of largely natural dry stone walls and ditches.

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