A new project is underway at the King’s Inns Library. It is called ‘Cover to Canvas’, an exhibition of 18 visual artists of varying disciplines. They have been invited into the Library to be inspired by the books and surroundings and to respond to these treasures by way of a piece of art. The exhibition is due to take place in April, alongside the British and Irish Commercial Bar Associations’ annual forum, the theme of which will be “The Commercial Rule of Law – 800 years of Magna Carta”.
From as Far Back as I Can Remember by Aifric O’Byrne BL, Class of 2013–2014
From as far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to become a barrister. I grew up in admiration of my Grandmother, who qualified from King’s Inns in 1943; one of the first female barristers of the era. After finishing my BCL in UCD in 2011, I travelled for a year before studying Human Rights in Budapest. After graduating with a Masters Degree in 2013, I decided that the time was right to come back to Ireland, and take the King’s Inns entrance exams.
Reunion Dinner for all graduates of a year ending in ‘4’
Last Thursday, 27th November 2014, we had a reunion dinner for the graduates of King’s Inns for all years ending in a ‘4’ – 1944, 54, 64, 74, 84, 94, 2004 and 2014. The group was joined by the 1989 alumni celebrating 25th anniversary of their graduation. Among the diners on the night were two former Chief Justices – The Hon. Thomas A Finlay and The Hon. Ronan Keane.
The Editorial Board of the King’s Inns Law Review are pleased to announce the launch of Volume IV
The fourth volume of King’s Inns Law Review (KILR) was officially launched on 26th November by Attorney General Máire Whelan. The Review was edited by a team of nine King’s Inns students and the eight articles published were written by both undergraduate and postgraduate students from institutions across Ireland and the UK.
A Great Historical Painting in King’s Inns; “High Treason” by Sir John Lavery
This important legal painting – 7 by 10 feet – depicts the Appeal trial which followed the conviction of Sir Roger Casement for treason in July 1916. This dramatic trial took place in the Royal Courts of Justice in London. One of the presiding judges, Lord Darling, commissioned the painting.
Each year the student body elects an Auditor who assembles a committee with specific positions designated to oversee mooting, social activities, education and sports. 2014–15 Auditor for the 185th session is Hugh McDowell.
136 King’s Inns students were awarded the BL degree this year. Additionally 5 Northern Ireland Barristers were admitted to the degree largely based on their existing qualifications and experience. 3 EU based lawyers were admitted as well, again largely based on their existing qualifications and experience.
Christmas is a wonderful time in King’s Inns with the giant Christmas tree and roaring fires in our Dining Hall. Preparations are in full swing here in the kitchens with the whiffs of Christmas pudding spices, sweet smells of Christmas cakes baking and jars of mincemeat maturing away.