Suffragette Stones Home of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, 1913

From the Derry Journal, 13 May 1913:


I’m sorry I hadn’t time to do more.  Don’t you know I’m a suffragette?” was the answer given by a woman named Mary Fisher when arrested on a charge of smashing a window in the residence at Stillorgan of Lord O’Brien, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

In his evidence in the Dublin Police Court on Wednesday, Constable O’Brien [no relation] said he saw accused enter the front gate of Lord O’Brien’s residence, read more

Vacation Destinations of the Irish Bar and Bench, 1910

From the Evening Irish Times, 2 August 1910:



Trinity Term came to a close on Saturday.  At the Four Courts the only judge doing any business that day was Mr Justice Barton, who finished up a rather exacting term’s work by delivering two judgments and hearing some short applications.  Other judges were either going, or had already started, on their Long Vacation; and a goodly proportion of the Bar had also taken the first steps of read more

Patrick Pearse and the Name on a Dray, 1905-1916

Ruth Cannon

From the Irish Independent, 18 May, 1965:

 ‘Pearse’s only Court Brief – The Name on a Dray’ by Frank Byrne

‘One man can free a people as One Man redeemed the world’

(The Singer: PH Pearse)

Did any one man do more to free the people of Ireland than Padraic Pearse, who, sixty years ago today, in the courtroom of the King’s Bench Division, publicly espoused the sacred cause of freedom when, in his only court brief, he pleaded for the right of Irish farmers to put their names read more

A Objectionable Dress, 1909

Miss Minnie Cunningham, as depicted in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 24 May 1890.

From the Donegal Independent, 14 May 1909 and the Irish News and Belfast Morning News, 8 May 1909:


The jury in the Nisi Prius Court, Dublin failed to agree to a verdict in an action brought by Miss Minnie Cunningham, burlesque actress, against two companies owning theatres in Dublin and Belfast, and were discharged.

Miss Cunningham had been engaged to play the principal girl in the pantomime of ‘Jack and Jill’, which was produced last Christmas season in Belfast and read more

‘Our Judges:’ Critiquing 24 Sitting Irish Judges, 1889-90

Though the grounds and means of complaint may have changed over time, there is nothing new about criticism of Irish judges.

As far back as 1826, one Daniel O’Connell petitioned for the removal of Lord Norbury, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, on the ground that he was 85, afflicted with deafness, and lethargic stupor which rendered him entirely unfit for discharging the duties of his office, as he frequently fell asleep during the most important trials.

Throughout the 19th century, almost read more