Sligo Jury Turns Water into Whisky, 1860

From the Belfast News-Letter, 17 March 1860:


While the jury empanelled to try the case of Michael Lynot, charged with committing an aggravated assault on Pat Sexton, were locked up considering their verdict, Judge Hayes came into court on Monday night, at ten o’clock, to ascertain whether they had agreed.  The jury having been sent for, the Foreman informed his lordship that there was not the slightest chance of their agreeing, when the judge expressed his regret read more

State Trial Implodes as Attorney General Challenges Opposing Counsel to Duel, 1844

The State Trial of Daniel O’Connell and John Gray, in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Four Courts, February 1844,

From the Sun (London), 1 February 1844:

The Irish State trials were resumed on Tuesday, when Mr Fitzgibbon QC, appearing for Mr Gray, said that the doctrine of conspiracy, as laid down by the Attorney-General, was that it was a combination of two or more persons to do an illegal act, or do a lawful act through unlawful means. He had looked in Coke, and all the old authorities on the subject, without being able to discover any such doctrine.    The people met in large read more

To Catch a Thief, 1892

From the Belfast News-Letter, 3 November 1892:


Judge Boyd distinguished himself by catching a young thief in flagrante delicto. Passing through Kildare Street, his attention was attracted to some newsboys besetting a lady. One boy was on her right, and the other on her left hand. As the boy on her left pressed her to buy a paper which he held up before her eyes, the boy on her right stole a paper parcel out of her pocket. The learned judge caught the young thief read more

Mad Cow Escapade in Chancery Street, 1856

From the Freeman’s Journal, 19 July 1856:

“Mad Cow – Serious Accident

A young lad named Dominick Roynane was brought up in custody of Police Constable John Cartin 101D, charged with incautiously driving through the streets, without proper control, a wild and furious cow, to the great danger of the public. It appears from the statement of the constable that he saw the cow, being driven from Smithfield, turn from Pill-Lane into Mountrath-Street, where she ran at a woman named read more

The Cruel Master, 1778

A sad story tonight, from Saunders’ News-Letter, 30 January 1778, involving a murder and secret burial in the graveyard of St Michan’s Church next to the Law Library buildings at 158/9 Church Street.

“Last week one of those chimney sweepers who employ a number of boys or children, adapted in their size to the narrowest tunnel, brought a small creature to make his first effay in a chimney in Dirty-Lane, Thomas-Street; when the poor child attempted to ascend, a sudden fear seized him from read more

Malpractices of the Senior Bar, 1862

From the King’s County Chronicle, 5 March 1862, an impressive editorial diatribe against the then practice of Irish Queen’s Counsel accepting multiple briefs for the same day while asserting the right to retain all fees paid in advance, even where they failed, as a result, to appear in one or more of the case in which they had been briefed:

“We have repeatedly heard of complaints from the Bench of the usage which is prevalent among barristers to accept briefs with fees in cases which read more

Swallowing the Evidence, 1839

From the Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent, September 1839:


A young gentleman, called Rathbane, charged Anne Lynch with having stolen his watch.

Complainant said he was passing through Marlborough Street when he was followed by the prisoner, who snatched the watch out of his waistcoat pocket.  He seized her on the spot, and had her given up to a policeman who was passing.  She was brought to the station-house, and although read more

Irish Free State Prosecuting Barrister Kidnapped, Tarred and Tied to Railings Outside Arbour Hill Prison, 1934

From the Irish Independent, 8 December 1934:

“Mr PJ McEnery, the well-known Dublin barrister, who has appeared for the State in recent cases tried by the Military Tribunal, was the victim of a startling affair last night.  While on his way from the Courts to his home at Killiney, Dublin, he was kidnapped by armed men, who forced him into a waiting taxicab.  He was driven back to the city and subsequently was discovered chained to the railings near Arbour Hill Prison.  Tar had read more

Visiting English Barrister Mistakes Free State Detectives for Gunmen, 1923

From the Belfast News-Letter, 11 December 1923:


Described as a barrister, Frederick Ritters, London, was in the Dublin police courts yesterday charged with obstructing two detectives in the execution of their duty.

The two detectives were about to make an arrest in the dining room of the Royal Hibernian Hotel, Dawson Street, Dublin, when Ritter, it is alleged, went over and tried to prevent them from doing so.

Defendant, read more

Something Wicker This Way Comes: Laughter in Court at Child Noise Nuisance Case, 1853

From the Evening Freeman, 18 April 1853:


Mangan v Tuthill

This was an appeal from a decree of St Sepulchre’s Court for £9.

Counsel for Mr Tuthill stated that his client lived in No 6 Rathmines Road, and the appellant in No 5; that his client had been greatly annoyed for several months by the appellant’s children, who were in the habit of rolling cars through the empty rooms of their house, which caused such a dreadful noise that his client would read more