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The Old Munster Circuit


ISBN13: 9780854901579
Previous Edition ISBN: 0854900985
Published: February 2015
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £14.95



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The Old Munster Circuit the legal memoirs of Maurice Healy, was first published in 1939 by Michael Joseph, and has reappeared in several editions over the last 60 years. It has been out of print in recent times and much sought after. This edition also contains a Biographical Introduction by Charles Lysaght.

These amusing memoirs affectionately describe the workings and people of the Munster Circuit, where Healy practised from 1910 to 1914. Healy goes to some length in trying to describe and explain his countrymen to an English audience:

"The difference of atmosphere between the two countries was exemplified in a case ofmy father's which came to be tried in London before Mr Justice Darling. The point at issue was the identity of a valuable picture, and hosts of witnesses, many of them humble Irish folk, were examined on either side.

One of Ten Literary Classics chosen by Gary Slapper in The Times Student Law Supplement of 18.10.2005. He writes:-

''Literature with a legal content is extensive and highly varied. The law is interwoven with all life, and students wishing to excel at law should read widely. The more styles, forms and epochs of literature you read, the better.'' Of The Old Munster Circuit he says


A charming unstructured anthology of humorous legal anecdotes from Ireland. The stories include instances of judicial severity like that of Lord Justice Holmes’s sentencing an old man from a farming community to 15 years. The convict cried for mercy saying he would not live to finish the sentence. “Well,” said the judge, “try to do as much of it as you can!”

Publishing History
First Edition Michael Joseph 1939
Revised Edition Michael Joseph 1939
Reprinted Michael Joseph 1948
Reprinted Wildy & Sons 1977
Reprinted Mercier Press 1979
Reprinted Mercier Press 1986
Reprinted with new Biographical Introduction by Wildy & Sons 2001
Reprinted by Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing 2015

Series: Wildy Classics