Monday 5 December 2016

The loves of his life: Yvonne, the law and history

Hugh O’Flaherty

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

Judge Adrian Hardiman. Photo: Collins
Judge Adrian Hardiman. Photo: Collins

I had known of Adrian's formidable reputation on his call to the Bar in 1974. He had been auditor of the famous UCD debating society, the Literary and Historical Society, as well as being president of the Students' Union. That was a rare double.

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However, I was worried that he intended to marry so young and at the outset of his working life. So I consulted with Judge Frank Roe - he was the only other one to have held the two prestigious offices, auditor and president. I told him about this brilliant young man who will have a terrific future in law, but asked is he wise to marry so young. Frank gave the clearest answer: of course he should marry and not end up an old bachelor like me!

That was that dilemma solved, and so, he and Yvonne set out as a formidable team: family, legal, political and literary.

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