September 26, 2023

Kilkenny mansion dispute: British Lord claims he’s got a right to live in his ‘second home’

A BRITISH Lord is claiming he can’t be kicked out of a county Kilkenny mansion because he still has a right to live at his “second home”.

Lord George Magan, a British peer who lives in Kensington, London, is questioning his right to remain on as a tenant at Castletown Cox and its magnificent 513-acre estate outside Piltown.

This is despite the Irish High Court last year granting summary judgment against Magan for rent arrears on the property, which is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest Georgian mansions.

Earlier this week the Commercial Court heard Magan is engaged in an “orchestrated and calculated strategy” to delay the sale of the property.

However, the British Lord is claiming the house is his family’s “second home” and that he wants to remain a tenant, even though a trust he himself established wants to sell it due to financial difficulties.

In November 2018, summary judgment for some €571,000 was brought against Lord Magan in a case brought to the court by the Castletown Foundation. Magan had established the trust to benefit two of his children, Edward Magan and Henrietta Black.

A sale has been agreed with an unidentified buyer but Magan is still refusing to give up the house. The foundation took the High Court proceedings against him in an attempt to push through the sale.



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