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I'll fight to keep my Kerry home - Jackie

CELEBRITY businesswoman Jackie Lavin has vowed to fight for her Kerry home and intends to prove she is the owner of the property.

Ms Lavin, who grew up in Ballyduff, Co Kerry, claims she is the beneficial owner of Killegy House in Killarney, the property built by her partner of 35 years Bill Cullen, and has been given 14 days to submit her statement of claim.

She has mounted a High Court action to stop a bid by the receivers to evict her from the property.

She told the Herald: "It's my Kerry home and I'll be putting in my claim for it within the time frame."

Ms Lavin was not at Tralee Circuit Civil Court earlier this week when the matter came up for mention.


The receivers for Glencullen Property Ltd, Mr Cullen's former company, have begun legal proceedings to remove Ms Lavin from the property.

But she has taken her claim as the beneficial owner to the High Court. Judge Carroll Moran ordered her to file a statement of claim, outlining her ownership of the property, within 14 days.

Ms Lavin says she bought Killegy House in a private sale from Glencullen for €760,000 in 2011 and has vowed to fight against its repossession.

The matter before Tralee Circuit Court has been adjourned until November, with liberty to re-enter for the receivers if Ms Lavin does not submit her claim within the allotted time.