Donegal hunting rights dispute involving Simply Red members resolved

Monday 24 March 2014 22.17
Mick Hucknall (pictured) and Chris De Margary bought Glenmore Lodge in 2005 for an estimated €1.3m
Mick Hucknall (pictured) and Chris De Margary bought Glenmore Lodge in 2005 for an estimated €1.3m

A dispute between two members of Simply Red and a neighbour over hunting rights connected to an estate the band members own in Co Donegal has been settled.

Letterkenny Circuit Court was told this afternoon that the dispute between Mick Hucknall and Chris De Margary of Simply Red, and John Wilde had been resolved.

The terms of the agreement were confidential.

Mr Hucknall and Mr De Margary bought Glenmore Lodge on the River Finn near Ballybofey in 2005 for an estimated €1.3m and have since run the Glenmore Rivers Sporting Estate there.

However, in December 2009, the Simply Red members went to court claiming that a neighbour, Mr Wilde of Cloghan Lodge, had been interfering with the sporting rights to lands surrounding their lodge.

Mr Wilde said the previous owners of Glenmore transferred those rights to his father.

However, Mr Hucknall and Mr De Margary said they bought all the sporting rights when they purchased Glenmore Lodge from Thomas Mackie and alleged Mr Wilde had been interfering with and had laid claim to those rights since that time.

A full hearing of the case was due to begin at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning, but after a number of hours of talks their legal representatives told Judge John O'Hagan that agreement had been reached.

Judge O'Hagan congratulated both parties on coming to an agreement and said it was the sensible thing to do.

Mr Hucknall and Mr De Margary were not in court today.