Book review: Lawyers, the Law and History. By Felix M. Larkin and N.M. Dawson (eds) [Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2013. 320 pp. Hardback €55.00. ISBN 978-1-84682-244-5.]

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Title: Book review: Lawyers, the Law and History. By Felix M. Larkin and N.M. Dawson (eds) [Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2013. 320 pp. Hardback €55.00. ISBN 978-1-84682-244-5.]
Authors: Mohr, Thomas
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11214
Date: 17-Jul-2014
Online since: 2019-11-20T14:56:14Z
Abstract: On 30 June 1922 Irish legal history went up in smoke. It was wrenched apart and incinerated in a great explosion of munitions. The destruction of the Irish Public Records Office at Dublin’s Four Courts marked the end of the first act in a tragedy of fratricidal folly known as the Irish civil war (1922-1923). One contemporary eyewitness described the remains of the Public Records Office in the moments after the explosion as a ruin "littered with chunks of masonry and smouldering records". The remains of the collection of legal documents that dated as far back as the thirteenth century were reduced to fragments of paper "gyrating in the upper air like seagulls" (Ernie O’Malley, The Singing Flame, Dublin, 1978, pp. 114-5).
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Cambridge Law Journal
Volume: 73
Issue: 2
Start page: 437
End page: 440
Copyright (published version): 2014 Cambridge Law Journal and Contributors
Keywords: Irish legal historyDestruction of recordsSlavery in Scotland
DOI: 10.1017/S0008197314000488
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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