Monday 20 November 2017

Top GAA club must pay for flood damage to neighbour's home

Tim Healy

ONE of country's biggest GAA clubs is facing a large bill after the High Court ruled it was responsible for flood damage to a neighbouring family home.

Dublin club Kilmacud Crokes is liable for damages caused by flooding to a couple's home and garden beside the Leopardstown club's lands, the court ruled.

Nigel and Frances Grennan, of Torquay Road, Foxrock, claimed that as a result of the clearing and compacting of the club's pitches in 1998, their garden was repeatedly flooded and their home also damaged.

The club denied the flooding was the result of works carried out by them.

In a reserved judgment, Mr Justice John MacMenamin ruled the club was liable for the nuisance and negligence caused to the Grennans. The court will assess damages later.

In 1998, the level of the club's land was altered. As a result, the Grennans suffered their first flooding incident during heavy rain in 2000 when water came into the house.

Despite this and a number of other occasions when the garden was flooded, nothing was done by the club for a number of years, the judge said. In 2004, the club built a "berm wall" to deal with the problem but it was "ineptly constructed", he added.

Irish Independent

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