A report from 1994 on the 20th anniversary of Lord Lucan's disappearance visits Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Lord Lucan, also known as Richard John Bingham or the seventh Earl of Lucan, disappeared in the early hours of November 8, 1974. His children's nanny, Sandra Rivett, was found murdered. Lord Lucan's whereabouts remains a mystery to this day.
At the beginning of the twentieth century it is estimated that the Lucan family still owned the ground rent rights to an estimated 1,200 properties in Ireland. Since the disappearance of Lord Lucan twenty years earlier, many have refused to pay ground rents.
The owner of the Bungalow Bar, Paddy Cannon, has actually been taken to court over the matter. The case was dropped on a technicality. Eileen Magnier talks to Paddy Cannon about his case who argues that it is not right to pay rent to an invisible landlord. The then TD for the region Enda Kenny also commented on situation arguing that the British government needs to either declare Lord Lucan officially dead or for alternative legal action. The call to have Lord Lucan declared dead is rejected by the Lucan's solicitor, Michael Egan.
This report was broadcast on 7 November 1994.