Friday 19 January 2018

Daughter Elanor conveys family's delight after hard-fought victory

Louise Hogan and Sarah Stack

IT was the protection of their seven children from dangerous boy racers speeding along the estate's avenues that first led the owners of Lissadell House to ban traffic from their grounds.

And as the years went by, the children of Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh grew up, but the legal battle became long and protracted.

Emerging smiling and laughing on to the footpaths outside the Four Courts, their eldest daughter, Elanor (20), was chosen to convey the family's delight over their hard-fought victory.

Minutes after the case ended, Elanor, surrounded by her siblings aged from 10 years upwards, thanked their neighbours, the 30 people involved in the €9m restoration and their legal team for their support.

"The last five years have been a very difficult time for Lissadell and us as a family," she said, flanked by her six brothers and sisters.

"We are now going to take time to decide what the future will hold both for ourselves and Lissadell."

Naturally, she said, her parents and family were happy with the court ruling that found the rights of way claimed by the local authority did not exist, in particular the right to parking and right of way in front of the house.

"They have held the only right of way is for people to walk along the seafront at the Alpine garden, which we have always permitted," said Elanor of the ancestral home of the 1916 Rising leader Constance Markievicz.

Irish Independent

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