Sunday 24 September 2017

Barrister who represented the damned

The remains are carried from Church after Mass at the funeral of Supreme Court Judge, Adrian Hardiman. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
The remains are carried from Church after Mass at the funeral of Supreme Court Judge, Adrian Hardiman. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Jim O’Callaghan

The sudden death of Adrian Hardiman has deprived the Irish legal system of its brightest star. Adrian was the Sirius in this country's legal constellation.

His proficiency as a barrister and subsequently as a judge propelled him into public life, but there was much more to Adrian Hardiman than advocate and protector of the Constitution.

The greatest loss caused by Adrian's death will be felt by his beloved wife Yvonne, and their three children, Hugh, Eoin and Daniel. Adrian and Yvonne gave their children a wonderful sense of decency, compassion and fun. As his sons grew older, Adrian remained a constant, friendly and welcome presence in their lives. When he wasn't with them, he would phone them repeatedly. Not only was he great friends with his sons, he also became a loyal companion to the multitude of friends that came into the Hardiman house with his sons.

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