Many pay tribute to the late Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla
TRIBUTEs to long-serving Judge Donnchadh O'Buchalla who died at the weekend were led by his colleague Gerard Haughton at the District Court sitting in Wexford yesterday (Monday).
Judge Haughton noted that his predecessor served the Wexford district from 1992 until his retirement in 2011.
He recalled the deceased as a genial man with a great knowledge of the law, which was blended with compassion for those who appeared before him.
He was also patient, carrying out his duties exceptionally well.
Judge O Buachalla, who lived in Stillorgan, bore the illness which dogged his later years with great fortitude, said Judge Haughton.
Sergeant Victor Isdell joined in expressing sympathy to the family of a man who was both fair and well respected and solicitor Caitriona Walsh offered condolences to someone she described as a gentleman, compassionate, considerate and polite, but who was also able to make the difficult decisions which went with his job.
Judge O'Buachalla, who retired after nearly two decades as a judge in County Wexford, qualified as a solicitor in 1968 and was appointed a judge of the District Court in 1989, sitting first for a number of years in Dublin.
He retired in September 2011, several months after he was involved in a collision with a jeep and trailer on the Gorey to Wexford road, as he made his way to Wexford town for the New Ross District Court sitting. He was not seriously injured, but was understood to be very shaken followingt the crash.
He attended the scheduled sitting of the court that day but subsequent Wexford courts were taken by visiting judges.