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Van Morrison's wife in court row over view from home

By Tim Healy

Published 07/10/2015

Battle: Michelle yesterday
Battle: Michelle yesterday

The wife of singer Van Morrison claims her neighbours breached an agreement that her family would continue to enjoy an alleged panoramic view of Dublin's Dalkey Bay following building work on the adjoining property, the Irish High Court has heard.

Former Miss Ireland Michelle Morrison has taken legal action against Conor and Eileen Kavanagh claiming breach of an agreement that the view of the bay and Dalkey Island would not be blocked out as a result of shrubbery planting at the rear of the Morrisons' Kilross House, next to the Kavanaghs' home, Mount Alverno, on Sorrento Road.

The Kavanaghs deny there is any panoramic view or that Ms Morrison is entitled in law to such a view.

They also say they are not bound by any conditional agreement in relation to maintaining shrubbery at a certain height and say that any view is extremely limited by virtue of existing hedges and vegetation on other properties.

Ms Morrison says she did not object to a planning permission for the redevelopment of Mount Alverno in reliance on an agreement that her view and privacy would not be affected.

The Kavanaghs deny they induced her not to object on the basis of an agreement.

On the opening day of the action yesterday, Ms Morrison's counsel Mark Sanfey said east Belfast star Van Morrison, who acquired Kilross House in 1996, was known for protecting his privacy.

Ms Morrison had similar concerns for herself and her two young children.

Mr Morrison had little or no role in dealing with the neighbours and had very little part at all, counsel said.

The case, which is due to last 10 days, continues before Mr Justice David Keane who urged the parties to reconsider mediation given the costs involved.

He was told a previous attempt at mediation was unsuccessful.

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