Lissadell House in Co Sligo is to reopen to the public after a lengthy legal battle over rights of way through the historic estate.

Barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, who bought Lissadell from Josslyn Gore Booth in 2003, closed it in January 2009 after Sligo County Council passed a motion to preserve rights of way on four roads through the property.

The couple took legal action against the local authority that lasted several years and cost millions of euro.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that there were no rights of way on three of the roads and that there was a public right of way on a short section of the coast road.

The Walsh Cassidy family announced today that they will reopen the gardens to visitors next Friday and the house to visitors on Saturday.

They said the last five years were very difficult for the family and they spent a lot of time considering their decision to reopen.

They now plan to open Lissadell for the summer season and see how things go but they say they are fortified by the support they have received and are very positive about the future.