Simply Red duo settle hunting and fishing rights case
Mick Hucknall and Chris Demargary make agreement with Co Donegal neighbour
Mick Hucknall and his bandmate alleged a neighbour interfered with their rights on the Glenmore Estate at Welchtown, Ballybofey Photograph: AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz/Pool
Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall and his bandmate Chris Demargary have reached a settlement with a neighbour over hunting rights on a Co Donegal estate.
The popstars were not present at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court for the case but were made aware of the agreement as it was reached.
The case, which has been ongoing for five years, came before Judge John O’Hagan.
As the case opened, Judge O’Hagan pleaded with both sides to go away and talk about reaching an agree.
The two sides discussed the matter for three hours before coming to a confidential agreement.
Singer Hucknall and sax player De Margary were due to appear in the dispute with their neighbour John Wilde.
They claimed he has interfered with their rights and those of their guests on the Glenmore Estate at Welchtown, Ballybofey. Mr Wilde retains links to a neighbouring estate across the river Finn at Cloghan Lodge, where he still lives, although he sold it some years ago.
Hucknall and De Margary, who are keen anglers, claimed that since they purchased the fishing, shooting and “hereditaments” rights for €1.3 million at Glenmore on August 5th, 2005, Mr Wilde had interfered with their “quiet enjoyment” of those rights. They said Mr Wilde had also laid claim to the ownership of the rights on Glenmore.