Noel Russell at Letterkenny Circuit CourtA CO Donegal farmer is seeking adverse possession of lands he claims were farmed by him and his father for more than 30 years – even though a mother of three bought it.Noel Russell, from Legahory, Kilmacrennan, told the circuit court in Letterkenny that he and his father were entitled to the three acre plot – even though it is owned by Letterkenny community worker Tania McBride and her father Thomas Kerr. Ms McBride is contesting the case on the grounds that she bought the property in 2001 and it now belongs to her father who had given her the money for the purchase.Mr Russell told Judge Petria McDonnell that the land was owned by an uncle who died in 1970.Another uncle however later sold the lands to farmers WJ Pearson and his wife Lily, around 1983.Ms McBride, from Gortlee, shook with emotion as she told the court of her ongoing battle of wits with Mr Russell.She said she bought the land and put animals on it after 2001, and hoped that one day she would build a family home there.She even claimed that Noel Russell had offered to buy the three and half acres of poor farmland from her in 2004 by offering her €10,000 in the kitchen of her home.Ms McBride, who is a community worker, said she turned down the offer as she didn’t want to sell the land.Instead attempts to form a boundary around her land were thwarted by Mr Russell who she alleged intimidated her every time she went to the property.“There was always two of them there (Mr Russell and someone else) within a few minutes of me arriving,” she claimed.“He tried to bully me but I wasn’t going to get him bully me.”Mrs Pearson alleged that Noel Russell offered to buy the land from her before she sold it and her husband WJ Pearson alleged that another offer was made to him even after the sale to Ms McBride.Mrs Pearson alleged that Mr Russell did use her land without permission but that they “didn’t make a fuss” because they didn’t want any confrontation.In his evidence Mr Russell admitted filming Ms McBride as she removed a gate. He later called Gardai, but an investigation was dropped when Ms McBride produced the title deeds to prove ownership.Ms McBrideHe told the court that he and his elderly father Josie had worked the land for at least 12 years and they had a right to it.Several witnesses were called who backed his claim that they had worked the land, by putting sheep and cattle on it over several years.A receipt for fencing from the late 1980s was also produced.Fiona Crawford, barrister for Ms McBride and her father, argued that the land belongs to her clients.Barrister for Mr Russell however insisted her client, Mr Russell, was entitled to the property due to adverse possession – this is where someone who doesn’t own the land but uses it over a period of time and can then claim ownership.Judge Petria McDonnell said she would consider all the arguments and give a ruling on Thursday.DONEGAL FARMER IN LEGAL BATTLE FOR LAND OWNED BY MUM was last modified: October 16th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:adverse possessionfarmerkilmacrennanletterkennyNoel RussellTania McBride
The hectic schedule of the Indian Premier League takes a toll on players and sometimes they have to take a short break to recharge their batteries. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma did something similar and opted to play table tennis with his wife Ritika Sajdeh to unwind himself ahead of the blockbuster clash against Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.Nothing seems to be going wrong for Mumbai Indians in the 10th season of the Indian Premier League. They are on the top of the points table and have a six-match unbeaten run.They face Rising Pune Supergiant in the second Maharashtra derby this season after Steve Smith’s team inflicted their only defeat of the season at Pune in the season opener. Wankhede seems to be fortress and their win over Delhi Daredevils was their fourth in as many matches at home.Rohit hasn’t yet shone with the bat, but he was seen letting his hair down in an table Tennis session with wife Ritika Sajdeh, posting a video of it on Instagram. Schooling the wife at TT @ritssajdehA post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on Apr 23, 2017 at 6:22am PDTJohnty Rhodes, Mumbai Indians fielding coach, posted a video on twitter playing his daughter ‘India’ on her [email protected] fielding practice #indiarhodes #dontdropthechild pic.twitter.com/lwoSmM4Hju- Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 17, 2017He also posted a picture with a caption, “Happy Birthday baby India; 2 today #landofyourbirth”Happy Birthday baby India; 2 today #landofyourbirth pic.twitter.com/RGVxmXRjRv- Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 23, 2017Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the 2-year-old, saying, “Happy birthday to India, from India. :)”Happy birthday to India, from India. 🙂 https://t.co/DbOZFEKLe9advertisement- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2017
Cheteshwar Pujara warmed up for the upcoming three-match Test series against Sri Lanka with yet another double century in the Ranji Trophy.Pujara struck his 12th double hundred to go past Vijay Merchant’s tally off 11 for most double tons in first-class cricket by Indian batsman.Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid scored 10 double hundreds in first-class cricket.Three of those 12 double hundreds by Pujara have come in Test cricket.Pujara, who endured a slight dip in form during the ongoing Ranji Trophy, came out all guns blazing to score his 42nd first-class hundred for Saurashtra against Jharkhand in a Group B Ranji Trophy game.The 29-year-old was unbeaten on 125 on Wednesday and reached his 12th double hundred today. He was eventually dismissed for 204 off 355 deliveries. His knock was studded with 28 fours.Pujara was India’s leading run-scorer in the previous home season with 1316 runs with the help of four hundreds and eight fifties.The Saurashtra batsman continued with his rich vein of form and amassed 309 runs from four innings in Sri Lanka in July-August. He is currently fourth in the list of highest Test scorers this year with 851 runs.