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Saturday 15 December 2018

Happy coincidence sees historic Armistice Day paper retained

David Tarrant with his copy of the Evening Herald from Armistice Day – November 11,1918
David Tarrant with his copy of the Evening Herald from Armistice Day – November 11,1918

A County Wicklow solicitor displays a piece of world history on his office wall, but the item was originally kept as a family heirloom and not just for its historical significance.

David Tarrant of Tarrant & Tarrant Solicitors on St Mary's Road in Arklow is in the possession of a copy of the Evening Herald dated November 11, 1918 - better known as Armistice Day, when World War 1 finally came to an end.

'It is a copy of the Evening Herald from the day that the war ended. The reason it was held on to was because on the inside, was a court report from Sligo District Court at which my grandfather John was appointed liquidator. He was a solicitor in Sligo and the firm was well-established by the time my father, Cyril, qualified in 1940,' Mr Tarrant explained.

'My aunt was also a solicitor and in 1930 she became one of the first lady solicitors to qualify,' he said.

The Tarrant family, a name synonymous with the legal profession in Co Wicklow, was established in the county when Cyril Tarrant left a crowded family practice in Sligo to go out on his own.

This year has seen worldwide Armistice Day commemorations as the centenary of the end of World War 1 was acknowledged.

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