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“There is no nation of people under the sun that doth love equal and indifferent justice better than the Irish, or will rest better satisfied with the just execution thereof, although it be against themselves, so that they may have the protection and benefits of the law, when, upon just cause, they do desire it”

John Davies, Attorney General for Ireland, 1606-1619

Lifelong Education, Collegiality and the Immutability of Procedure: Legal Advocates in Early Ireland

It is understandable that aspiring lawyers today might, at some point, find their education daunting and/or be apprehensive about entering a congested and stratified profession. Similar to other professional callings, qualifying as a lawyer is very much a marathon rather than a sprint and building up a successful practice can take some time to achieve.… Continue reading Lifelong Education, Collegiality and the Immutability of Procedure: Legal Advocates in Early Ireland

Of Swine and Samain: Aspects of Early Irish Samain Lore and Law

In this short piece marking the ancient feast of Samhain (1 November), older spelling Samain, I share some examples of early Irish Samain folklore and also outline the legal framing of Samain under the Brehon Laws. Aspects of Samain in Mythology Samain, 1 November, traditionally marked the start of Winter. It has been suggested that… Continue reading Of Swine and Samain: Aspects of Early Irish Samain Lore and Law

The True Meaning of Friends: ‘Cairde’ and Cross-Border Law in Early Ireland

Ireland is an active participant in multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations, established to uphold international law, as well as having contributed to a number of (often dangerous) international peacekeeping missions. Ireland also adheres to various multinational frameworks for handling cross-border legal proceedings. This basic notion of vindicating shared legal interests across borders can,… Continue reading The True Meaning of Friends: ‘Cairde’ and Cross-Border Law in Early Ireland

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