Wednesday 7 December 2016

O'Higgins the barrister is throwing the book at us

Declan Lynch meets Michael O'Higgins SC, who has just published his first thriller 'Snapshots'

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Senior Council Michael O'Higgins who has just written his debut novel 'Snapshots' outside Dublin's Four Courts
Senior Council Michael O'Higgins who has just written his debut novel 'Snapshots' outside Dublin's Four Courts

Gonzaga ... Trinity ... Harvard ... Kings Inns ... when we are writing about Ireland's leading barristers we tend to start off with such illustrious landmarks, but with Michael O'Higgins it's a bit more complicated.

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Hot Press ... Harold's Cross ... The Leinster Inn ... try these instead. It was while he was writing for Hot Press magazine in the 1980s, and living in a bedsit in Harold's Cross, that O'Higgins received a visit from The General or The-Man-Who-Says-He-Is-Not-The General as he then was, who lived in the area and who agreed to be interviewed for the magazine.

Having allegedly destroyed the greens at Stackstown, the Garda golf club, the General was now trying to come to terms with the fact that his own car had been smashed up outside his house which was supposedly under 24-hour Garda surveillance.

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