Ex-owners of golf hotel told not to build fence on fairways
The former owners of Mount Wolseley Hotel Golf and Country Club have been restrained by the High Court from building a fence across the fairways just days before a major golf tournament.
Barrister Eoghan Cole, counsel for the new owners Lismard Properties and Enterprises, told Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan that the All-Ireland Senior Cup Final was being held on the course from next Thursday.
He said that following the outcome of a very acrimonious examinership, which rejected a refinancing plan by former owners Donal and Breda Morrissey, Lismard had learned that the couple, who live in Mount Wolseley House on the grounds, planned to build a fence along their driveway to the road which would block out the first and second fairways.
Mr Cole said it was believed the couple had a contractor ready to start construction of the high fence on Monday morning when essential preparations for the prestigious golf tournament would also begin.
He told the court the Morrisseys, a married couple, lived in their family home which was surrounded by the golf course.
Their driveway led across two fairways to the roadway and construction of the proposed fence would block them off from the tees.
Mr Cole said that the plaintiff companies had bought up the business and control of the hotel and golf club in fresh investments under the examinership.
Following the examinership, the Morrisseys had built a fence around their family home and gardens and the new owners of the hotel and golf course anticipated that work on fencing off the 500-metre driveway to Mount Wolseley House and the two fairways would start on Monday morning.
"The conduct of the defendants during the examinership gives rise to fears that because of grievances the erection of the fence will go ahead," Mr Cole said.
"We are seeking an interim injunction restraining them so that the golf event can go ahead without obstruction."
The court heard that during the examinership, brought about by the Morrisseys themselves, an offer by Mr Morrissey to invest new funds into the hotel and complex had been rejected by the High Court.
Judge Sheehan granted the hotel and golf club and their new owners an injunction until August 18, restraining the Morrisseys from interfering with the lawful use of the golf course.