MazyMo when I said don't get me started about the cost I was refering to getting the grounds levelled (with a JCB) and power rotavated/raked/rolled and seeded. This in total cost us nearly €4,000.
For a ride on lawnmower which will cut up to an acre your talking about €2,500 new. I'm sure you can pick them up second hand but if you buy a new one, service it regulary and look after it, it should last years. I'm no expert though. Just shopping around like yourself. If you happen to be in the Galway region let me know as there is a very good lawn mower sales company in Moylough. I can let you have their number. Also I would be warey about getting a tractor to cut it as it would ruin your lawn (I would imagine).
FFS €7,000 just for some grass. Should have tarmacked the whole lot