Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ireland's oldest barrister remembered

By Esther Hayden

Tributes were paid to Maurice Gaffney at last Tuesday's sitting of Wexford Circuit Court.

Mr Gaffney who was Ireland's oldest practising barrister, was known as the 'Father of the Bar' and had worked as a barrister since 1954, specialising in probate, conveyancing, labour and employment law.

He had been a senior counsel since 1970 and continued practising until very recently.

Judge Barry Hickson said that Mr Gaffney was a 'celebrity in his own right'. He said Mr Gaffney who died in his 101st year had 'an endearing capacity to be a friend to everyone. He was a great friend to me and used to write to me every Christmas'.

Wexford People

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