Saturday 17 March 2018

Five previous family disputes as alleged by Kilkenny Group son

Greg and Marian O’Gorman. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Greg and Marian O’Gorman. Photo: Kieran Harnett Newsdesk Newsdesk

The court heard of previous family disputes as alleged by Greg O'Gorman in the litigation against his mother Marian O'Gorman.

1 1993: Greg O'Gorman said that his mother Marian O'Gorman "irreparably fell out" with her sister Freda Hayes, who left what was then Blarney Woollen Mills and went on to establish Meadows & Byrne.

2 1999: Greg O'Gorman said his mother fell out with her brothers Pat, Frank and Kevin.

High Court action followed and the business was then divided.

After this row, the mother kept Kilkenny stores in the Icon Centre and the Blarney Woollen Mills stores in Killarney, Cobh and Kilkenny as well as the Sweater Shop in Killarney and a property portfolio.

The brothers kept the Blarney Woollen Mills shop on Dublin's Nassau Street, the Blarney Castle knitwear company, a share in the Blarney Park Hotel, the Donegal Bay knitwear factory in Donegal, the Club Tricot shop on Dublin's Grafton Street and other assets.

3 Following the settlement of the second family dispute, Greg O'Gorman said his mother ran the business with her husband, Michael O'Gorman, and her sister, Bernadette Kelleher Nolan.

Greg O'Gorman said yet another acrimonious family dispute emerged, with Bernadette "requiring the sale of significant business assets" [undisclosed] to facilitate her departure.

4 Greg O'Gorman alleged that there were key senior personnel involved in a series of employment law disputes alleging unfair dismissal and what he described as "serious allegations of bullying" made against his mother.

5 Greg O'Gorman alleged that partly as a result of the treatment of him by his mother, unhappy differences arose between his mother and father whom, the court heard, have now separated after 40 years.

Irish Independent

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