A KANTURK based solicitors firm has been put forward for the prestigious 2013 Danske Bank Law Awards, beating off 300 other nominees.
Jimmy Lucey told The Corkman that he and his firm, Jim Lucey and Sons were "delighted" to have their name put into the hat.
The firm have been put forward for their do pro bono work , which they do for over 20 organisations throughout Duhallow with every thing from rugby, golf, cycling, soccer and GAA clubs who are on their books.
In addition, the firm's pro-bono contributions range from cases on behalf of individuals who lack the means to secure the necessities such as housing, or a safe home environment to aiding voluntary groups throughout Duhallow.
There were over 300 nominees put forward for their pro bono and public interest team category and this has now been whittled down to four.
It is also testament to the firm, that it was voluntary organisations in the region who put forward Jimmy Lucey's name for the awards, which will be held on Friday, May 3 at the Four Seasons in Dublin, and will be hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan.
Recently, the firm assisted Kanturk Cycling Club, Kilcorney Community Development and Castlemagner Hall Committee, with either land acquisition, company formation to obtaining grants and loans from government and private sources.
"When we were nominated we really were delighted with that, and while we may not win, it is very nice for us that we are held in such regards by the people of Duhallow. That also means a lot," said Jimmy Lucey.
"What must also be remembered are the people who are involved in voluntary organisations, who go to meetings late at night and do work for their community. There is a surreal amount of effort in that, and for us, we are happy to give the community and the people of Duhallow something back in return," he said.
There are five legal staff at the firm; Jimmy Lucey, Dan O'Connor from Freemount, Mary Cronin from Cecilstown, Deirdre O'Callaghan and legal executive Eileen Fehin, who was also recently appointed as Commissioner for Oaths. In addition, there are six administration staff.
Jimmy Lucey's father, Jim started the firm in Kanturk in 1940. And with a smile Mr Lucey, who is himself a fourth generaration solicitor, said that he could hardly escape the legal route, as both of his grandfathers on either side were also solicitors. Mr Lucey is also a notary public since 1983 and is the only one in the Duhallow region, and he is also the vice chairman of the Employment Appeals in Ireland.
The 2013 Danske Bank Irish Law Awards acknowledge excellent and recognise the exemplary practice of firms throughout the country.