Owner of former home of late director in neighbours' dispute
The new owner of the former home in Co Galway of the late film-maker John Huston has claimed he has been subjected by a neighbour to a campaign of intimidation and harassment in a dispute over land boundaries.
At the High Court yesterday, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy ordered the neighbour, David Corbett, to remove allegedly defamatory signs which Ian Quinn claims he can see from his new home, St Clerans House, Craughwell.
Huston owned St Clerans from 1954 to 1971. After changing hands a number of times, the house was bought in 1997 by American actor and chat show host Merv Griffin, who converted it into a hotel which closed in 2008.
Earlier this year the 12,000sq ft manor house and adjoining 43 acres was bought by Mr Quinn, chairman of medical devices company “Creganna”, for use as a family home.
Ms Justice Laffoy told Mr Corbett yesterday that unless he removed signs stating “Photography of Children Prohibited” from the neighbouring Corbett family property by 4pm today, he would have to come back before her to face possible committal to prison for contempt.