A Morning at the Dublin Police Courts, 1871

A 19th century photograph of the exterior of the New Police Courts, as published in Michael O’Connell’s ‘Shadows: An Album of the Irish People 1841-1914,” via Archive.org

The new Dublin Police Courts behind the Four Courts opened for business in October 1868.  A report in the Freeman’s Journal of 28 August 1868 stated that they had been erected by Mr Michael Meade, from designs furnished by the Board of Works, and had cost a sum of £20,000.   Three years later, the Freeman attended at the Dublin Police Courts again, this time to report on the business which took place there.  This is what it found.  

From the Weekly Freeman’s Journal, read more

Vacation Destinations of the Irish Bar and Bench, 1910

From the Evening Irish Times, 2 August 1910:



Trinity Term came to a close on Saturday.  At the Four Courts the only judge doing any business that day was Mr Justice Barton, who finished up a rather exacting term’s work by delivering two judgments and hearing some short applications.  Other judges were either going, or had already started, on their Long Vacation; and a goodly proportion of the Bar had also taken the first read more