Donal Óg Cusack abandons his dream home plan
Hurling hero Donal Óg Cusack has abandoned his plans to build his dream house on the outskirts of where he grew up in Cork.
This follows Mr Cusack confirming to An Bord Pleanála that he wishes to withdraw his appeal against the decision of Cork County Council to refuse him planning permission to build a four-bedroom home around 1km to the north of Cloyne.
A former Cork goalkeeper, Cusack is currently living at Ballinacurra and was seeking to return to his roots. A current coach with Clare's senior hurlers, the triple All-Ireland winner was raised on Chapel Street in Cloyne.
However, following the refusal, Cusack is the highest-profile casualty of a 'locals only' policy practiced by local authorities across the country that seeks to limit one-off housing in the countryside.
Cork County Council refused Cusack planning permission after ruling that he has no ties to the 'local rural area' at Knocknamadderee, Cloyne, and that his main connection is to the Cloyne urban area.
The planning officer stated that "it is not the intention of the settlement policy to encourage the development of one-off dwellings in the surrounding agricultural hinterland".