Family members have taken each other to court in a bitter land dispute over a farm left in a contested will in Co Donegal.

There are a total of four separate claims to the land left by the late farmer William John Kennedy of Correnagh, 5km outside Letterkenny.

Mr Kennedy died in 2007 and left a farm totalling 12 hectares to his niece Nora Kelly jnr. Ms Kelly, a nurse, had looked after the late Mr Kennedy for 20 years before his death. However, her mother, Nora Gildea (89), and two brothers Daniel and Christopher are now claiming various parts of the willed farm.

At Donegal Circuit Civil Court sitting in Letterkenny yesterday, Ms Kelly sought to establish ownership of the three pieces of land. In a counterclaim, Ms Kelly is being sued for ownership for one 1.8 hectare field by her mother, Mrs Gildea. Christopher Gildea is seeking ownership of all the 12 hectare holding of land while his brother Daniel is looking for ownership of a shed and some land around one of the sites.

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