Mr O’Mahony was a man who had “a very regular routine” with some health problems, the jury were told.
Over the years, there appeared to have been a falling out between the deceased and Mr Ferris and they avoided each other.
Mr Ferris was a dairy farmer with about 90 acres and farmed with his brother.
Mr Ferris would be described by neighbours “as a quiet man, an obliging man and also a man of routine”, Mr McGrath said.
A particular issue arose about the use of a crow banger, a large device used in tillage, which discharges bangs at intervals to keep crows away from crops.
The crow banger had annoyed not just Mr Ferris, “but had also annoyed a number of other neighbours over the years,” counsel said. It was so loud some neighbours wore ear protectors, the court heard.
When gardaí from Listowel arrived on the scene, they found the severely damaged car and the deceased was in the car with serious injuries and it was obvious there had been a violent incident.
The jury was told that Mr Ferris went to his neighbour Mairead Walsh’s house on the morning in question and said, “O’Mahony is gone”.
Prosecution witness Ms Walsh described Mr Ferris as “lovely, a great neighbour”. They would meet most days on the lane and he would always arrive with something, with eggs or vegetables and if she was baking she’d drop scones up to the Ferris’s house.
Everyone got along, but around five years ago the deceased, Anthony O’Mahony, got “more peculiar”, she said.
Cross-examined by Brendan Grehan SC for the defence, Ms Walsh said the banger was placed against a wall, around 120 metres from their house.
Asked if she feared the dead man, Ms Walsh broke down in tears recalling an incident when Mr O’Mahony was standing at his gate. “He shot right over my head and I got really scared,” she said.
Patrick Walsh, husband of Ms Walsh, said the crow banger had been set up by Mr O’Mahony, on the Thursday, six days before April 4.
He phoned the council on Monday, April 3 fearing he would have to put up with it again to next October. He was told to keep a log.
The trial continues.