Simply Red stars in court clash with Ballybofey neighbour

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Mick Hucknall

Simply Red musicians Mick Hucknall and Christ De Margary have clashed with a neighbour in Ballybofey over fishing and shooting rights on adjoining estates.

Lead singer Hucknall and saxplayer De Margary claimed in Letterkenny Circuit Court that their neighbour John Wilde interfered with their rights and those of their guests on the Glenmore Estate at Welchtown, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.

Mr Wilde works on a neighbouring estate across the River Finn at Cloghan Lodge.

Keen anglers Hucknall and De Margary claimed that since they purchased the fishing, shooting and “hereditements” rights for €1.3 million at Glenmore on August 5, 2005, Mr Wilde had interfered with their “quiet enjoyment” of those rights.

They said Mr Wilde had also laid claim to the ownership of the rights on Glenmore.
Mr Wilde claims the previous owner of Glenmore, John Mackie, transferred the fishing and shooting rights to his father.

The musicians sought an injunction preventing continued encroachment until such time as a full hearing takes place.

Judge John O'Hagan adjourned the hearing for 15 minutes to allow the feuding parties an opportunity to “sort it out.” When the hearing resumed he was told the parties couldn’t reach agreement

He adjourned the proceedings until Friday week to give Mr Wilde an opportunity to enter a reply to the claim by Hucknall and De Margary.

The action is between Glenmore Estate and Mr Wilde and has nothing to do with Cloghan Lodge Estate which enjoys a good relationship with Glenmore Estate.