Cork man ordered not to blockade farm

A man was ordered yesterday not to block entrances to a farm or to intimidate anyone amid allegations there had been blocking of ways and that a man serving legal notice was punched, kicked, chased, and had his beard pulled.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin agreed to order Frank Roche of Ballyadeen, Castletownroche, Co Cork, not to block entrances or exits and not to threaten anyone between now and the date listed for the hearing of the dispute in Cork Circuit Court in Fermoy on March 8.

Frank Roche, aged around 50, sought time so he could have legal representation.

Tim Harley, barrister for the plaintiff, David Roche, alleged that the plaintiff’s brother, Frank Roche, had repeatedly blocked entrances to the plaintiff’s farm and trespassed by leaving machinery and animals there.

“He [Frank Roche] has threatened and intimidated the plaintiff, he has wished him harm, he has recently defecated on an entrance to the farm,” said Mr Harley.

“He has contacted [the plaintiff’s] business associates saying he [Frank Roche] is the owner of the land.”

Mr Harley said the person serving legal papers on Frank Roche on Wednesday was kicked, struck, pursued down the road, and had his beard pulled and his glasses knocked off by Frank Roche.

Frank Roche was present in court at the Washington St courthouse in Cork yesterday and denied allegations against him.

He said: “I am an outstanding member of the community. I never interfered with anyone in my life. I am very disappointed these people serve these summonses on me.

“I never set out to fight with my family.”


Lifestyle

Frank Keogh did not want to get a hearing aid. He was afraid that it would make him look old. But now, just several weeks after having one fitted, he says that he can’t do without it.Hearing tests: A word in your ear

I see that a website describes the call of Canarian cory’s shearwaters as ‘waca waca’. It’s a mad, hysterical call, uttered when the parent birds arrive to feed their nestlings.Cory’s shearwaters show long-distance qualities

Is it too much to hope that an important public health matter, such as Lyme disease, will be an issue in the general election? There’s been a worrying reluctance by the authorities to face up to the extent of the disease here.Facing up to Lyme disease

A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.Trying to save the parrot is not all talk

More From The Irish Examiner