Celebrating a Century

Commemorating the past, embracing the future, an event series marking 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 was commenced.

This year marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which ultimately led to the call to the Bar in Dublin in 1921 of first two women barristers in what was then the United Kingdom, as well as to women joining the Civil Service, accountancy and other professions. To commemorate this momentous occasion, King’s Inns in collaboration with the Irish Women Lawyers Associationthe Bar Council of Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland are delighted to be organising a series of events that recognise the impact this Act has had on society over the last 100 years, as well as set the scene for the future. 

Keynote speech and celebratory dinner

The cornerstone event that will launch this series will be a keynote speech, delivered by Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland at this celebratory dinner in the King’s Inns on Saturday 30 November 2019. We hope the attendees on the night will reflect the contribution made by both men and women to the development of the legal profession.

Event Details 

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019 

Location: Dining Hall, King’s Inns, Constitution Hill, D7

Time: Reception from 7pm. Call to dinner at 7.30pm.

Dress Code: Lounge suit



Please email Diane at members@kingsinns.ie if you would like your name to be placed on the waiting list for this event. 

“Entering the Four Courts” Hanna Fine Art Limited Edition Print


The Irish Women Lawyers Association in partnership with legal publishers Hanna Fine Art is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of a fine art print of Irish artist Stephen McClean’s original oil on canvas – “Entering the Four Courts”– as part of our “Celebrating a Century” commemorations.

Every print in the edition will be individually hand–signed by Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland, and Susan Denham, the first woman Chief Justice of Ireland, to create an important and historic Irish legal collectable, which is already being referred to as the most significant and valuable print in the history of the Irish legal profession.

This special print will raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Ireland and a cheque will be formally handed over to the charity by the IWLA from the edition proceeds.

The print will be formally released later in the year at an invitation–only reception, when guests will be addressed by Mary Robinson and Susan Denham, however it is now available to pre–order directly from the publishers, Hanna Fine Art.

More information can be found here

IWLA Blog Competition To Celebrate The First 100 Years Of Women In Law

The theme for the inaugural IWLA Blog Competition is inspired by our celebrations commemorating 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to become lawyers for the first time. IWLA are asking participants to write a short blog piece (word limit: 600 – 800 words), which will be published on the IWLA website. 

The winner will receive a year’s free membership of IWLA along with two tickets to a celebratory dinner, which is being held in collaboration with King’s Inns, the Bar of Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland to mark and celebrate 100 years of women in the law. This dinner will take place on the evening of Saturday 30 November 2019. We are delighted to announce that former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, will give a keynote address on the night.

Competition entry details available here

Other Events

Over the next few months, we will be releasing other talks and events as part of this celebration.