CONTINUING a family tradition that has spanned over a century, solicitor Kevin Power was formally introduced to Kilmallock district court on Friday.
Mr Power, who has joined the firm of Maurice Power Solicitors in Kilmallock, is the fourth generation of his family to practice law – Kevin’s great grandfather John J Power started the law firm in 1907.
Introducing Mr Power to the court, solicitor John Cussen spoke of how he was joining “a very distinguished firm with a very long pedigree in law”.
Mr Power’s great grandfather, John J Power, was appointed as Limerick County’s first State solicitor in 1922. His grandfather, Maurice, and father, John, have also served as State solicitors for Limerick County.
“Three generations of the family have been State solicitors which is quite a remarkable record,” said Mr Cussen.
The Newcastle West-based solicitor noted that Mr Power’s great grandfather, John J Power, holds an interesting footnote in Irish history.
“He was involved in a famous trial in the early 1920s where he was defending parties who were accused of being involved in the shooting of RIC men, in the famous case where Sean Hogan was rescued in Knocklong,” Mr Cussen explained.
The late Maurice Power, Mr Cussen recalled, was very kind to in him when he was starting out on his career in law “and that is something that one always remembers”.
Mr Power’s father, John Power, who was present in court, was also described as “a very distinguished solicitor”.
The court heard that not only is Mr Power’s father a solicitor but his aunts Una and Stephanie are also practising law.
“Continuity is a great thing if you can manage it,” said Mr Cussen. “I’m sure Kevin will have a long and happy career as well,” he added before making reference to Mr Power’s interest in horse racing.
“I’m told he is a very good judge of horse flesh,” he smiled. “His hobby – which may be even more than a hobby – is amateur riding. He is even riding in a race this evening. I’m sure he will be able to blend both careers successfully.”
Mr Power, who is from Bruff, studied Commerce in UCD before studying law at Blackhall Place in Dublin.
Thanking Mr Cussen for his kind words, Judge Mary O’Halloran said that the name Power was well established in the legal practice.
“He has a pedigree going back through previous generations in terms of his family connections with the law. I was privileged when I first came on the bench to have his grandfather here, Maurice, and latterly John,” said Judge O’Halloran.
Congratulating Mr Power on his qualification, Judge O’Halloran pointed out that it was “no small achievement to get through all the hoops that they put you through nowadays to qualify”.
“I wish him every success and happiness in his chosen profession,” Judge O’Halloran added.
On behalf of An Garda Siochana, Inspector Eamon O’Neill said the name Power was synonymous with law in the area and he wished Mr Power well in his future endeavours. “I hope he will give us some good tips for the races,” he smiled.
Mr Power thanked the speakers for their warm welcome and their “very kind words”.