'We only fell out over Power Rangers'
Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00
A falling out between concert promoters over a show starring live-action superheroes was uncharacteristic and was eventually put to rest, the High Court heard yesterday.
Concert promoter Eamonn McCann told the court that the only souring of relations he ever had in his partnership with MCD chief Denis Desmond was over a dispute concerning the staging of a Power Rangers show in Ireland in 1995.
Mr McCann -- who is suing Mr Desmond, claiming breach of an agreement -- told the court that the only break in his partnership with the millionaire businessman occurred the same year when the two had a dispute over the share of profits between MCD and Mr McCann's Wonderland Productions Company, based in the North. Mr McCann, of Deramore Drive, Belfast, claimed he was in a partnership with Mr Desmond from 'day one'.
The Power Rangers' rift was mended when the two men met at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.
Mr McCann was giving evidence on the second day of his action against Mr Desmond.
He is suing him over an agreement he alleges was made in June 2006 in which he claims that Mr Desmond agreed to buy Mr McCann's share of their alleged partnership for 4.66 times the average net profits from 2003 to 2005. The partnership concerned promoting outdoor concerts in the Republic. Mr Desmond, of Vartry Lodge, Strand Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, denies Mr McCann's claims. He claims their dealings were a joint venture, not a business partnership.
The case continues.