Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Shy' Van Morrison wants privacy, court hears

Tim Healy

Published 10/10/2015 | 02:30

Michelle Rocca
Michelle Rocca

Privacy and sea views were important considerations for singer Van Morrison and his wife Michelle when they decided to buy their Dalkey home, the High Court has heard.

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Kilross House, on the Sorrento Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, previously owned by businessman Harry Crosbie, was put up for auction in 1996. The day before the auction, the Morrisons visited the house but only got access to the garden, Ms Morrison (inset) said.

Ms Morrison was giving evidence on the fourth day of her action against her neighbours, Conor and Eileen Kavanagh, claiming they breached an agreement to preserve views her family enjoys of Dalkey Island from Kilross when undertaking work at the Kavanaghs' home, Mount Alverno. The Kavanaghs deny there was any agreement.

Asked by her counsel, Mark Sanfey, about Van's attitude to privacy, she said he was "a private man who sees his job as his job and his private life as his private life".

"He is also a shy man and he would like to have his privacy in the home," she told the court.

She said they understood they were living in the suburbs and they were overlooked by cottages above their house and by another house, which was owned by racing driver Eddie Irvine. However, privacy was still an area of concern.

"When Van gets out of his car, he wants to be able to walk to the hall door without feeling he was being overlooked," she said.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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