Monday 17 December 2018

Father of the Bar (97) gets 'legal Oscar'

Miriam O'Callaghan and Maurice Gaffney
Miriam O'Callaghan and Maurice Gaffney

Mark O'Regan

He is 97 years old, has practised law for almost 60 years, and has represented over 300 clients throughout a remarkable career.

But the 'Father of the Bar' has no intention of retiring any time soon.

Maurice Gaffney, a practising barrister from Monkstown, Dublin, remains a familiar face down at the Four Courts, and still has plans for a few more years in the high-octane legal world.

"I recognise that I'll have to retire sometime, but for the moment I'm so happy in life and with what I'm doing."

And now Maurice has had his achievements recognised with a lifetime achievement award in this year's Irish Law Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the legal profession in this country.

"I was taken aback when I learned I was going to receive an award – and of course it's something I am extremely proud of," he said.

Hosted by former legal eagle Miriam O'Callaghan, the event took place yesterday in Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel.

Irish Independent

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