Tributes to late Judge O Buachalla
Tributes to long-serving Judge Donnchadh O'Buchalla who died at the weekend were led by his colleague Gerard Haughton at the District Court sitting in Wexford on Monday.
Judge Haughton noted that his predecessor served the Wexford district from 1992 until his retirement in 2011. Arklow and Wicklow were included in this district before they changed to county areas in 2008 and Judge O Buachalla opted to remain in Wexford.
He recalled the deceased as a genial man with a great knowledge of the law, which was blended with compassion for those who appeared before him.
He was also patient, carrying out his duties exceptionally well. Judge O Buachalla, who lived in Stillorgan, bore the illness which dogged his later years with great fortitude, said Judge Haughton.
Judge O'Buachalla, who retired after nearly two decades as a judge in County Wexford, qualified as a solicitor in 1968 and was appointed a judge of the District Court in 1989, sitting first for a number of years in Dublin.
Wicklow and Arklow solicitor David Tarrant recalled that is late father Cyril first welcomed Judge O Buachalla to Arklow District Court in 1992 when he said: 'We hope that when you have clocked up all the statutory miles and we trade you in for a newer model, that you will still be running like a Rolls Royce'.
Mr Tarrant remembers Judge O Buachalla as a very understanding and sympathetic judge who would very often adjourn cases for long periods to give defendants a last chance to mend their ways.
However, he added that 'once he made his mind up, there was no changing it'.