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Law School trainees appeal case ‘as Gaeilge’
Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh, Jamie Mac Uiginn, Ciara Woulfe, Roisin Rainey, Feidhlim Seoighe agus Jennifer Ryan

15 Mar 2023 / law society Print

Law School trainees appeal case ‘as Gaeilge’

A team of Law School trainees from the Law Society of Ireland had an excellent showing at this year’s Bréagchúirt Uí Dhálaigh, which is organised annually by Gael Linn.

This is a competition for third-level students, especially for those studying law, and comprises an appeal against a court decision. Gael Linn runs the competition in honour of the former President and Chief Justice of Ireland‚ Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh.

Each team must resolve and plead both sides of the case, after being told just one day before the preliminary rounds which side they will be pleading.

Irish language is used throughout, although short excerpts in English from cases that are used to strengthen teams’ arguments are allowed.

First place

Kevin Kelly, a legal executive at Hayes Solicitors, who is currently completing the barrister-at-law degree, came first in this year’s contest.

Gael Linn thanked all of the lawyers who helped to prepare teams for Bréagchúirt Uí Dhálaigh this year.

The preliminary rounds took place at the King's Inns on Henrietta Street in Dublin 1, and the final was held in the Four Courts before judges on 11 November.

The winners were presented with a permanent Gael Linn trophy and a cheque for €600.

Comhghairdeas lena buaiteoirí.

Law School’s active branch

An Cumann Gaelach is active at the Law Society’s Law School and is a registered branch of Conradh na Gaeilge.

This year saw representatives attend Conradh na Gaeilge’s Ard Fheis to have their voices heard in the future of the organisation.

An Cumann Gaelach is a vibrant and active space for Irish-speaking trainees to meet, be it at pop-up Gaeltachtanna, or Ciorcal Comhrá agus a bheith ag caint as Gaeilge.  

‘Tae agus Plé’

The 2023 Seachtain na Gaeilge was a great success at the Law Society’s Law School, with a broad mixture of events on campus – from tag rugby and tennis ‘as Gaeilge’ to ‘Tae agus Plé’ in the Council Chamber.

An Cumann Gaelach also organised a group of 30 trainees to visit the Irish Film Institute to see An Cailín Ciúin, the Oscar-nominated Irish language film. 

An Cumann Gaelach completed Seachtain na Gaeilge with an ‘Ardán Oscailte’ at Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, where a number of trainees sang songs, told stories, read poetry and finished the night with a céilí.

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