Slidecast 4: The Irish Bar in 1921 (part 1)

Come back with me this weekend to the Four Courts of early 1921 to witness the operation of the Restoration of Order in Ireland (Act) 1920, the implementation of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and the threatened division of the Irish Bar proposed by the Government of Ireland Act 1920.

Stories covered in this video include the mysterious shooting of eminent Dublin KC William McGrath almost exactly six months after embarrassing the military at an inquest.

100 yrs after his death, is it time for Mr McGrath to be remembered? You’ll find his story at 10.39-14.40 and 28.48-36.47 below.

Full index of stories covered in the video, all from the super-eventful Hilary term of January-March 1921:

  • Man shot down and abducted in Greek Street (2.52-5.49)
  • Barrister falls under train in St Louis Alsace (5.50-7.39)
  • Concern that Southern Bar may not survive (7.39-9.51)
  • Chief Justice anticipates women on the bench (9.51-10.39)
  • The murder of a leading KC (10.39-14.40)
  • Military cordon from Capel to Church St (14.41-18.08)
  • Barrister court-martialled for acting as Sinn Fein judge (18.08-20.24)
  • Night attack on Inns Quay (20.25-22.03)
  • Unionist KC fights for court-martialled client sentenced to death (22.04-22.51)
  • First female jurors take their seats (22.51-24.19)
  • Questions asked in House of Commons as solicitor’s office raided and barristers’ briefs stolen (24.20-26.42)
  • Nationalist KCs refuse to act for defendants at court-martial (26.43-28.47)
  • The continuing mystery surrounding Mr McGrath’s death (28.48-36.47)

Also available to watch on YouTube.

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