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High Court win for farm couple in bitter row over laneway access

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Legal battle: Cornelius and Suzanne Dennehy from Kerry at the Four Courts. Pic: Collins Courts

Legal battle: Cornelius and Suzanne Dennehy from Kerry at the Four Courts. Pic: Collins Courts

Legal battle: Cornelius and Suzanne Dennehy from Kerry at the Four Courts. Pic: Collins Courts

A farming couple have won a High Court challenge to a Bord Pleánala decision over the use of a laneway which sparked a 30-year row that involved an anonymous threat, property damage and their dog being shot.

The laneway beside the couple's home provides access to a scenic lake, as well as to a number of houses and a hotel.

Cornelius and Suzanne Dennehy, who live and farm near Fossa, Co Kerry, erected a fence to block the lane in 2010 as a dispute escalated with Fossa Rowing Club and other organisations and neighbours.