President receives Professor Colum Kenny

President receives Professor Colum Kenny

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins recently received Professor Colum Kenny for a presentation of his book entitled ‘The Enigma of Arthur Griffith: Father of Us All’, and for a discussion of his historical research.

Last month marked the centenary of the death of Arthur Griffith in August 1922.

Professor Kenny (Professor Emeritus, DCU) was awarded a Gold Medal by the Irish Legal History Society in 2018 for his work on the legal history of this island and he features prominently in the Society’s publications list.

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, to officially launch Palles: The Legal Legacy of the last Lord Chief Baron

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, to officially launch Palles: The Legal Legacy of the last Lord Chief Baron

The Sutherland School of Law are delighted to welcome Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, to officially launch:

Palles: The Legal Legacy of the last Lord Chief Baron

Jointly edited by Professor Oonagh Breen and Dr Noel McGrath

This book will be launched on Wednesday 5 October at 6.30pm
in The Gardiner Atrium, UCD Sutherland School of Law

Those wishing to attend should register here by Monday 3 October.

 

 

On the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Council of the Irish Legal History Society extend their condolences to Her Majesty’s family, and to the many people on these islands who held her in high regard during her reign of 70 years.

 

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Society, a collection of the Society’s volumes was presented to Her Majesty for the Library at Hillsborough Castle where members of the Council were graciously received on Accession Day 2015

Dr Ben Hazard awarded the W.N. Osborough Composition Prize in Legal History

Dr Ben Hazard awarded the W.N. Osborough Composition Prize in Legal History

 

The W.N. Osborough Composition Prize in Legal History has been awarded to Dr Ben Hazard (School of History, UCD) for ‘Thomas Wadding, Waterford landowner and lawyer of Gray’s Inn, 1562–1613’.

The prize is awarded to a member of the Irish Legal History Society who has written a composition that is deemed to have made a significant contribution to the field of Irish Legal History.

Dr Hazard’s paper is an account of Wadding’s eventful career from his training as a lawyer in London, to his return to Ireland where he served key patrons and witnessed the Munster plantation at first hand. Throughout the late sixteenth century, Thomas Wadding played an integral part in the civic life of Waterford. He held the mayoralty of the city in 1596 and maintained close contacts to the regional elites that governed Waterford, Dublin and Kilkenny.

Rules and further information about the prize can be found here.

Spring Discourse, 2022 – Dr Eamon Phoenix

Spring Discourse, 2022 – Dr Eamon Phoenix

 

The Irish Legal History Society is proud to announce that Dr Eamon Phoenix will deliver the Spring Discourse for 2022.

Dr Phoenix will address the career of Sir Denis Henry (1864-1925): Barrister, Catholic Unionist Politician & First Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

The address will take place at 6pm on Friday 11 March 2022. It will be held ‘in person’ at Clifton House, Belfast.

 

Members and non-members are most welcome, but registration is essential. Register by click on this link

 

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The Spring 2022 Discourse was given by Dr Eamon Phoenix. He gave a fascinating lecture on Sir Denis Henry, the first Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. On behalf of the society, Dr David Capper gave thanks to Dr Phoenix.

 

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The spring meeting of the Irish Legal History Society (ILHS) was held in Clifton House, Belfast, on 11 March. Clifton House is the home of the Belfast Charitable Society (founded 1752). To mark the occasion, ILHS Council member Felix Larkin presented a copy of the official history of Dublin’s Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers Society to Sir Ronnie Weatherup, President of the Belfast Charitable Society. Felix is a former chair of the Roomkeepers Society (founded 1790). In return, Sir Ronnie presented Felix with a copy of the official history of the Belfast Charitable Society. The two societies are the oldest charities in Belfast and Dublin respectively. This photo shows Sir Ronnie Weatherup (left) and Felix Larkin (right) with John Gordon, ILHS President.

 

 

 

Publication of Hogan & Maume, The Reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien

Publication of Hogan & Maume, The Reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien

The Irish Legal History Society is proud to announce the publication of our most recent volume,

The reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1913-18 A life in Cork, Dublin and Westminster

edited by Daire Hogan & Patrick Maume.

 

Ignatius O’Brien was the youngest son of a struggling Cork business family. After somewhat unhappy experiences at a Cork Vincentian school and the Catholic University of Ireland, he studied to become a barrister while supporting himself as a reporter on Dublin newspapers. Over time he built up a reputation in property and commercial law, and an ultimately successful career led to him being appointed a law officer and later lord chancellor under the post-1906 Liberal governments.

O’Brien avoided party politics, but was a moderate home ruler who attributed the troubles besetting relations between Britain and Ireland to a failure to implement moderate reforms in time. After being created Baron Shandon on his removal as lord chancellor, he moved to England, where as a member of the House of Lords he was involved in various peace initiatives.

His reminiscences of and reflections on the relatively self-contained world of mid-Victorian Cork, of student and journalistic work and play in Land War Dublin, of the struggles of an aspiring barrister on circuit and of the declining years of Dublin Castle, provide new insights into Irish life in the closing decades of the union. He also gives his impressions of prominent contemporaries, including Charles Stewart Parnell, Edward Carson and Lord Chief Justice Peter O’Brien (“Peter the Packer”).

The publication, part of the Irish Legal History Society series, of this important memoir is accompanied by detailed notes and commentaries on its legal and political context by Daire Hogan and Patrick Maume.

Daire Hogan is a solicitor and former president of the Irish Legal History Society. Patrick Maume is a researcher with the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, who has published extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish history.

The Irish Legal Society is open to all those with an interest in legal history of Ireland – membership details can be found here.

All members receive a copy of each volume as it is published and are invited to partake in all ILHS events.

To date, the society has published thirty-one volumes. A full list of the publications of the society can be found here.

The reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1913-18

The reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1913-18

The reminiscences of Ignatius O’Brien, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1913-18

A life in Cork, Dublin and Westminster

Daire Hogan & Patrick Maume, editors

Ignatius O’Brien was the youngest son of a struggling Cork business family. After somewhat unhappy experiences at a Cork Vincentian school and the Catholic University of Ireland, he studied to become a barrister while supporting himself as a reporter on Dublin newspapers. Over time he built up a reputation in property and commercial law, and an ultimately successful career led to him being appointed a law officer and later lord chancellor under the post-1906 Liberal governments.

O’Brien avoided party politics, but was a moderate home ruler who attributed the troubles besetting relations between Britain and Ireland to a failure to implement moderate reforms in time. After being created Baron Shandon on his removal as lord chancellor, he moved to England, where as a member of the House of Lords he was involved in various peace initiatives.

His reminiscences of and reflections on the relatively self-contained world of mid-Victorian Cork, of student and journalistic work and play in Land War Dublin, of the struggles of an aspiring barrister on circuit and of the declining years of Dublin Castle, provide new insights into Irish life in the closing decades of the union. He also gives his impressions of prominent contemporaries, including Charles Stewart Parnell, Edward Carson and Lord Chief Justice Peter O’Brien (“Peter the Packer”).

The publication, part of the Irish Legal History Society series, of this important memoir is accompanied by detailed notes and commentaries on its legal and political context by Daire Hogan and Patrick Maume.

Daire Hogan is a solicitor and former president of the Irish Legal History Society.
Patrick Maume is a researcher with the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, who has published extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish history.

ILHS Presidential Discourse – Prof Patrick Geoghegan

 

 

Professor Patrick Geoghegan will deliver his presidential discourse:

 

‘Investigating Jack the Ripper, Parnellism, and Other Crimes: Sir Robert Anderson and the Writing of History’

 

 

6 00 PM FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2021 (please log on from 05.45PM)

 

Please join the zoom meeting, which is open to non-members, at
https://zoom.us/j/91081431731?pwd=d3REZzFGLzMvRFlRSWpGNlVrUjVkZz09

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