Chief Baron Palles at Home, 1898

Mountainville House, later Knockrabo, Dublin, summer residence of Lord Chief Baron Palles between 1885 and 1920. In the late 19th century, the practice grew up among Irish judges of keeping a summer residence in the Dublin suburbs. Image via Historical Stillorgan.

From the Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail, 26 November 1898, this remarkable account of a ‘Hello’ type visit to the summer home of the last Lord Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer:

“In the current issue of the ‘World’, Lord Chief Baron Palles is the ‘Celebrity at Home’   The writer of the article gives a delightful pen picture of the Chief Baron at his beautiful residence, Mount Annville, Dundrum, with some sidelights on his favourite pursuits. 

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Suffragette Stones Home of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, 1913

From the Derry Journal, 13 May 1913:


I’m sorry I hadn’t time to do more.  Don’t you know I’m a suffragette?” was the answer given by a woman named Mary Fisher when arrested on a charge of smashing a window in the residence at Stillorgan of Lord O’Brien, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

In his evidence in the Dublin Police Court on Wednesday, Constable O’Brien [no relation] said he saw accused enter the front gate of Lord O’Brien’s read more