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Kilclare Estate, Durrow, Tullamore, Co. Offaly



414,803 sq.m.


James L Murtagh auctioneers are delighted to bring for sale Kilclare Demense Estate on 221ac at Kilclare, Durrow between Clara in Co Offaly and Kilbeggan in Co Westmeath. The farm is suitable for a range of agricultural enterprises and can be bought as an entire or in lots.


Originally owned by the Armstrong family, the property contains the remains of Belview House, the family home. The Armstrongs made their fortune in linen production from the mid-1700s to the early part of the 19th century. Linen was the most lucrative business in the country at the time accounting for fifty per cent of Ireland’s total exports. The house was built in the second half of the 18th century and, even in dereliction, it is testament to the prosperity of the Armstrongs. Among the many built features are two large walled enclosures or walled gardens and a limestone tower, a folly in the form of a monastic round tower built in 1817 on an esker with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.

The estate was sold and divided in 1912 under the 1909 Land Act. The house was subsequently abandoned and is now in ruins.

The farm:

The property is 4km from Clara, 5km from Kilbeggan, 11km from Tullamore and close to the M6 Galway to Dublin motorway. A bell-shaped entrance with wrought-iron gates opens to a short avenue leading to the farmyard.

The 221ac of ground is all in one rectangular block bounded by the Brosna River at one side and by a local road at the other where an old dry-stone wall runs the length of the boundary.

The land is in old pasture stretching out over a series of hillocks and vales of free-draining ground that is firm underfoot and suitable for all types of modern machinery. An esker, on which the round tower is located, crosses part of the holding and is evidence of strong sand and gravel deposits.

The land is undoubtedly fertile with an abundance of whitethorn hedging and while it was farmed extensively in more recent times it is in great heart and is certainly a powerful farm of land suitable for tillage, beef, equestrian or dairy. A large parcel of tillage ground belonging to the farm across the road testifies to the arable nature of the ground. The large fields and the unitary nature of the farm make it ideal for dairy farming.

Lot 3: A total of 102.5ac of grazing ground with road frontage and river frontage including the round tower.

Location: From Tullamore head northwest on Patrick St towards Brides Lane, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Kilbride street and continue onto Clara Road, continue straight through the next roundabout onto the R420 and stay on this road for approx. 2,,3km. Turn right and continue for 550m and then turn left onto the L2005 and continue for approx. 2km and the lands will be clearly identified by our James L. Murtagh sales boards.R35 X201

Auction: The auction takes place at Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly and online on the LSL platform at 3.30pm on Friday, September 15th, 2023

Solicitor: Orla Higgins, Gartlan Furey, 20 Fitzwilliam Sq. S, Dublin 2. Tel (01) 799 8000.

Registration: In order to bid at the auction, it will be necessary to register with our office before 8th September 2023. The auctioneer assumes the bidder is bidding for himself or herself. If the bidder intends to purchase a lot in a name other than his or her personal name, arrangements must be made with the auctioneers in advance. By registering, you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions of the auction and authorised us, as agents for the vendor, to sign the completed contract for sale on your behalf. A deposit of 100,000 is required in order to bid for Lot 3. These deposits are payable in advance of the auction by online bank transfer. Our bank details will be provided to you at registration. The successful bidder’s deposit will become nonrefundable as soon as the property is sold and a binding contract is entered into and the agents are hereby authorized to sign the Contract for Sale on your behalf. The deposit payable on the signing of the contract is 10% of the purchase price. If there is a shortfall in the deposit furnished by the purchaser prior to the auction, then the purchaser shall be required to lodge the balance of the deposit with the auctioneers within one business day of the online auction. If you are not the successful purchaser, your deposit will be returned to you in full. For further details contact us at James L Murtagh Auctioneers, 34 Mount Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath Tel. 044 934 0088

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