Friday 27 April 2018

Former owners of Mount Wolseley Hotel Golf and Country Clubbelieve they were denigrated in the local community by recent publicity, High Court told

Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort
Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort

Ray Managh

The former owners of Mount Wolseley Hotel Golf and Country Club, Donal and Breda Morrissey, believe they were denigrated in the local community by recent publicity, the High Court was told today.

Barrister Tom Murphy, who appeared for them in proceedings restraining them from building a fence across the first and second fairways of the course, said they were upset with the aggressive attitude of the new owners and claimed injunctive proceedings had been unnecessary.

Mr Murphy said it had been agreed with new owners Lismard Properties and Enterprises that the injunction could be vacated and replaced with an undertaking to similar effect from the couple.

“I will be entering an affidavit by the defendants which will strongly dispute what has been opened to the court,” Mr Murphy said. “The Morrisseys have earned a well-founded reputation for hard work in the manner in which they ran the hotel and are willing to engage in constructive negotiation.”

He said they would now like to conclude matters and get on with their lives.

Eoghan Cole, counsel for the hotel and golf complex and its new owners, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that the silence was “rather deafening when assurance were sought” from the defendants prior to the proceedings.

The hearing was adjourned until September 18.

The new owners had obtained their injunction restraining any development that might interfere with the all-Ireland Ladies Senior Cup final tournament at Mount Wolesley only days before it started.

Mr Cole had earlier told the court that following the outcome of a very acrimonious examinership, which rejected a refinancing plan by the Morrisseys, the new owners had learned that the couple, who live in Mount Wolseley House on the grounds, planned to build a fence along their driveway to the road which would block out the two fairways.

He said the couple’s family home was surrounded by the golf course and their driveway led across the two fairways to the public road.  Driveway fencing would have blocked them off from the golf tees.

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