Lissadell house is a stately home north of Sligo town in an area called Lissadell, appropriately enough.
It used to be owned by the Gore booth family, the most famous of whom was Countess Markievicz. Its other claim to fame is through the poet W B Yeats who was a frequent visitor there.
It had become completely run down over the years as a lot of these places do. I can remember going there as a child with my father to pick bluebells and feeling sorry for the poor people who had to live in such an ugly house.
Five years ago, it was sold to two barristers, Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy to be used as a family home.
They did a terrific job with the place as far as I can see. They moved in with their family of seven and set about restoring the house. They put in a teashop at the back and restored the gardens. They set up a shop selling their garden produce and Irish giftware
They opened to the public and have done well, attracting up to 40,000 visitors.
They have now closed it and are pursuing a high court case against Sligo County Council over alleged ( if that word is not inserted the writer is liable to be sued) public right of way issues.
They were given a signed certificate by the previous owner Sir Josslyn Gore Booth that no such alleged right of ways existed.
Some of the locals disagree, (how many I do not know).
In December 2008, Sligo County Council decided to make provision for these alleged right of way issues in the County Development Plan.
The owners of Lissadell house closed down. No more pussyfooting around with the County Council.
There are many sides to this fight. The locals have been doing things a certain way for generations. The Walsh and Cassidy family are trying to raise a family and are entitled to their privacy. They have invested their own money in this project and want to control access to their property
In the middle is the County Council who are capable of sitting on this for eons.
Not this time.