Maurice Healy’s Old Munster Circuit recalling the Irish Bar in the years before the Great War when Healy practised on the Circuit, can lay claim to be the most celebrated book of legal reminiscence ever written. First published in 1939, it has gone through numerous editions, the most recent of which includes a biographical essay on Healy by Charles Lysaght. It is in greater demand in England, America and other common law countries than in Ireland itself, although it featured a couple of years ago on RTE as the book at bedtime. Its brilliant characterisation of the judges, lawyers and litigants of the day give it a claim to be ranked as a work of literature. Charles Lysaght proposes to place Healy’s Old Munster Circuit in its context of the genre of legal reminiscence and legal biography as well as a commentary on the Ireland of the time. A nostalgic charming evocation of Healy’s own youth, the book also needs to be seen in the context of his background and family connections as a member of the “Bantry Band” and of his subsequent life as a soldier in the Great War, a barrister in London, a popular broadcaster on the BBC, a bon viveur and the author of Stay Me with Flagons, a book mainly about his beloved wine. The lecture will include a recording of Healy’s own voice giving a broadcast of his memories of 1911, the happiest year of his life. (Fredselbow)
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