Mary Phelan, Irish Speakers, Interpreters and the Courts 1754-1921 (Four Courts Press 2019).
This book was launched by Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh of the Court of Appeal at a reception at DCU on Tuesday 21 January 2020. The event was well-attended by academics from a number of disciplines including law, history, translation studies, Irish studies and linguistics.
Professor Dorothy Kenny from the DCU School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies welcomed attendees and the interdisciplinary and ground-breaking nature of the research was highlighted by Professor Patrick Geoghegan, President of the Irish Legal History Society. Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh spoke about the position of the Irish language in the State and in the courts, noting the continued relevance of a number of themes running through the book.
Dr Mary Phelan is a lecturer in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) at DCU. She is the chairperson of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association and her research is in the field of Translation Studies, particularly historical provision of court interpreters and contemporary provision of interpreters in courts, police stations, hospitals and other settings.
The book is available for purchase directly from Four Courts Press, and is supplied free of charge to all ILHS members.
January 2019 saw the launch of Patrick Hyde Kelly’s edition of William Molyneux’s The Case of Ireland’s Being Bound by Acts of Parliament in England, Stated.
Regarded as the most celebrated Irish political pamphlet published before 1801, William Molyneux’s Case of Ireland, stated (1698) was written to demonstrate that English statutes did not have force in Ireland until they had been re-enacted by the Irish parliament.
The book was launched at Iveagh House on Friday 25 January by Professor Ian MacBride.
The book is available for purchase from Four Courts Press, and is free to members of the Society.
The Irish Legal History Society was delighted to announce the official launch of two recent publications in January 2018: Juries in Ireland:Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century by Dr Niamh Howlin & Guardian of the Treaty: The Privy Council Appeal and Irish Sovereignty by Dr Thomas Mohr
The books were launched at a special event at the UCD Sutherland School of Law on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Professor Hector MacQueen of Edinburgh Law School, delivered a lecture entitled ‘Reflections on Legal History.’
pictured: Dr Niamh Howlin, Dr Thomas Mohr, Professor Hector MacQueen and Ted.
W.N. Osborough’s The Irish Stage: A Legal History (Four Courts Press 2015) was successfully launched by Judge Bryan MacMahon at Books Upstairs, Dublin, on Thursday 8 October.
Judge MacMahon is a former judge of the High Court and Chairman of the Board of the Abbey Theatre, and spoke enthusiastically about the book.
Professor Osborough explained that the idea for this book had originated while he was conducting research for Law and the Emergence of Modern Dublin: A Litigation Topography for a Capital City, during the 1990s.
The launch was well-attended by members of the Society and others with an interest in law, literature and theatre, and Books Upstairs provided a marvellous venue.