Month: February 2021

Mr Dunn BL in Love Again, 1838

Angela Burdett-Coutts, Mr Dunn’s second love

From an unnamed London journal, as recounted in the Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier, 25 September 1838, this update on the continued romantic endeavours of Irish barrister Richard Dunn, last heard of on the way to Kilmainham Gaol two years earlier, after an unsuccessful attempt to win the hand of the Honourable Anne Burgh:

“Some months back a well-known Irish barrister, Mr Richard Dunn, was making a pedestrian tour of Hyde-park, when, on passing the carriage of Miss Burdett-Coutts, read more

Sligo Jury Turns Water into Whisky, 1860

From the Belfast News-Letter, 17 March 1860:

A DISTRESSED JURY

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 CAPTURES THIEF

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

Mr Dunn BL in Love, 1836

The object of Mr Dunn’s affections, the Honourable Miss Anne de Burgh, later Countess of Clonmell

From the Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail, 30 July 1836:

“INVESTIGATION AT KINGSTOWN

Yesterday an investigation was entered into by magistrates of the Blackrock petty sessions in Kingstown, relative to the alleged misconduct of Mr Richard Dunne (more commonly spelt Dunn), a barrister, residing at N.1 Clare Street, Dublin, against whom the Right Honourable Lord Downes preferred a charge, for annoying himself and family, and particularly the Honourable Miss Burgh, daughter of Lord Downes. 

His 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:

EXTRAORDINARY CASE- SWALLOWING A WATCH

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