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Couple's dream turned into a nightmare in epic battle over right-of-way

Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30

Eddie Walsh (11) at the table of the servants’ kitchen in Lissadell House
Eddie Walsh (11) at the table of the servants’ kitchen in Lissadell House

THE long-running, bitter legal wrangle in Sligo may have attracted a great deal of notice both inside and beyond the county, but the appearance of the family outside the Four Courts following its Supreme Court success last November caused even more widespread public attention.

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For it wasn't the owners of Lissadell House, barristers Constance Cassidy and Edward Walsh, who spoke to the waiting media after securing victory over Sligo County Council, which had sought to allow public access along four routes on the estate. Instead, the couple dispatched their seven young children, who range in age from 21 to 11 years old. The eldest, Elanor, gave a statement, surrounded by her six siblings, Harry, Kate, Constance, Jane, John and Eddie.

"The last five years have been a very difficult time for Lissadell and for us as a family," she said.

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