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Monday, 11 February, 2002, 21:34 GMT
Dispute over Mourne mountain land
The Kilmorey estate near Kilkeel is laying claim to the land
The Kilmorey estate is laying claim to the land
A judicial review may be needed to establish ownership of large tracts of land in the Mourne mountains at the centre of a dispute.

The Kilmorey estate near Kilkeel is laying claim to the land in Mourne Park.

It is now embroiled in claims to hundreds of acres stretching up to the mountains.

A family dispute has meant Julie Ann Anley having to leave her home in the estate.


I would not be party to anything that would upset the local community

Marion Russell

She said the move to register land was simply about clarifying the areas belonging to the estate.

"Everybody seems to be leaping up and down," said Julie Ann.

"They are worried about their grazing rights - but they don't have to be because we specifically said that we knew there were ancient grazing rights.

"We said we were respecting those and no way were we changing or altering anything there."

Application

Her daughter Marion Russell said: "I think my mother is trying to sort out the title to the estate.

"But I myself would not be party to anything that would upset the local community."
Julie Ann Anley had to leave her home
Julie Ann Anley had to leave her home

The move to register ownership of up to 700 acres has raised concerns among farmers.

Tony Gates of the Mourne Heritage Trust said farmers needed to look at the land which was within the application.

"They need to see if it is land in which they believe they have an interest."

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"The move to register ownership has raised concerns"
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