The Irish Legal History Society is deeply saddened to hear of the passing Dr Éamon Phoenix.
Dr Phoenix gave a superb paper to the society in March 2022 at Clifton House in Belfast entitled ‘Sir Denis Henry (1864-1925): Barrister, Catholic Unionist Politician & First Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland’
He was well known and highly regarded in Belfast and across the island.
The Winter Discourse will follow the Annual General Meeting of the Irish Legal History Society.
It will be given by Dr Donal Coffey (Maynooth University) and will be held in the Education Centre of the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on Friday 25th November, 2022.
The title of Dr Coffey’s discourse will be ‘Constitutional Theory and Irish Legal Education, 1900-1950’.
Refreshments will be served from 4.30, followed by the Annual General Meetings. Dr Coffey’s lecture will commence at 6.15.
The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Legal History Society will be held in the Education Centre of the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 on Friday 25th November, 2022.
Details are set out in this notice.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.