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We are still awaiting a date for the commencement of our High Court case regarding public access to the Old Head of Kinsale (see details below).  We are now hopeful that it will take place in the Autumn courts session but there is a large backlog of cases.  We will also be announcing plans soon for our 2007 People's Picnics at the Old Head of Kinsale.  A number of our campaigners visited there within the last week and we continue to receive reports from people of all nationalities who have been turned away at the Old Head gates despite having travelled great distances to see the headland and its great beauty.  The campaign goes on.  More details very soon.

Old Head "Right of Way" issue to go before High Court soon



The Free the Old Head of Kinsale Campaign is to take a High Court case against the owners of the Old Head Golf links concerning the denial of public access to the historic County Cork headland.


Diarmuid Ó Dálaigh, a member of the Free the Old Head campaign, has been granted leave by the Attorney General to take legal proceedings against Ashbourne Holdings Ltd to establish the existence of a right of way at the Old Head of Kinsale.


The issue has been to court on a number of previous occasions in relation to planning matters or under narrow legal boundaries but this time the Right of Way issue will itself be tested.


A spokesperson for the Free the Old Head of Kinsale campaign expressed confidence that they could win the case which, stated the spokesperson, was being widely watched throughout Ireland by walking groups and others who had found in recent years that traditional walkways had been blocked off by property owners.


“Previous court cases in relation to the Old Head of Kinsale have been based on very narrow parameters.  The Free the Old Head campaign, through Diarmuid Ó Dálaigh, is now bringing this to court specifically on the right of way matter to have it tested.   We strongly believe that we can win this case and we are presenting a very robust argument before the High Court”, said the Spokesperson.


“The major court case in relation to Old Head took place in 2003 when Bord Pleanála lost their appeal on a previous court decision.  On that occasion the case taken by the board was quite consciously confined to one very narrow aspect of law, namely Section 26 of the Local Government (Planning & Development) Act 1963.  The High Court at the time ruled that An Bord Pleanála had overreached its authority in demanding conditions as part of Section 26.  It was outside the scope of this particular piece of legislation to insist on a condition of public access.  There are however, other laws that could do that but they were not before the court on the day.  We are now bringing them before the court.”


 It is hoped that this case will go to court very soon, certainly before Summer 2007.

Galtymore seen from Galtybeg

Join our Sponsored Walk of the Galtee Mountains - Fundraiser for Court Case, Galtymore Mountain, Sunday 21st January 2007.
The Free the Old Head of Kinsale campaign held a most successful Sponsored Walk in the Galtee Mountains on 21st January to raise funds for our forthcoming court case to establish the Right of Way at the Old Head.   Twenty four walkers participated and raised over €2,000.  A big Thank You to all walkers and sponsors.
The next People's Picnic at the Old Head of Kinsale will be held on Sunday, 26th August 2007 at 2pm.  More details to follow soon.