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Irish Law and St. Patrick’s Day on the Shelf

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Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, has his feast day on the anniversary of his death, March 17. Thanks to the Irish diaspora, “St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national festival” (Cronin, 242). Originally observed to celebrate Saint Patrick bringing Catholicism to Ireland, it has also morphed into a celebration of pride in Irish heritage and culture. In the United States, ministers from Ireland’s government will be visiting all over the country and the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) will deliver a shamrock (seamróg) to the President, as has been the custom for the past 65 years. In Ireland it is a public holiday, and it is a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland. However, you would need to take a vacation day to get the day off in the U.S. Anyone can enjoy and relate to the craic that the day’s celebrations provide, even if they’re not a smidgen Irish.

In the past,  Kurt, Clare, and Francisco have posted different takes on St. Patrick’s Day as it relates to the law and the Law Library. Since this year’s holiday will fall on a Saturday, we thought we’d start your festive weekend off with a picture of Trinity College Library’s Long Room in Dublin, and a short bibliography list of some Irish law titles, including key materials and some recent acquisitions.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!  (Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!)


The Long Room at Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland [photo by Donna Bausch]

Source: Cronin, Mike and Daryl Adair. The Wearing of the Green: a History of St. Patrick’s Day.


K25 .N56727 University College Dublin law review.

KDK39 1310a Ireland. The Irish statutes : 3 Edward II to the Union, AD 1310-1800.

KDK40.I39 Ireland. Irish current law statutes annotated.

KDK48.I74 Ireland. Statutory instruments = Ionstraimí reachtúla.

KDK63 1867.A2 I75 Irish law reports monthly.

KDK80.I75 Irish current law monthly digest.

KDK175.P64 G372 The Garda Síochána guide.

KDK200.F362 Family law practitioner.

KDK200.S45 2016 Shannon, Geoffrey. Children and family relationships law in Ireland : practice and procedure.

KDK205.S53 2007 Shannon, Geoffrey. Divorce law and practice.

KDK802.E457 2017 Employment law. 2nd edition.

KDK975.D664 2014 Donnellan, Laura. Sports law in Ireland.

KDK1050.P75 Primary education management manual.

KDK1203 1937.A362 Ireland. Bunreacht na hÉireann = Constitution of Ireland.

KDK1255.D69 2008 Doyle, Oran. Constitutional law: text, cases, and materials.

KDK1443.T64 Tottel’s taxation in the Republic of Ireland.

KDK1452.I75 Irish income tax.

KDK1596.A3 2002 Ireland. Superior Courts Rules Committee. Consolidated superior court rules.

KDK1750.A3 2014 Ireland. Criminal legislation in Ireland.

KDK1750.A29 I74 Ireland. Irish current law statutory offences.

KDK1750.H36 2015 Hanly, Conor. An Introduction to Irish criminal law. 3rd edition.

Excerpt from cover, Bunreacht na hÉireann = Constitution of Ireland [photo by J. Davis]

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