Martin J. Burke from Knockvicar, was welcomed to Carrick-on-Shannon District Court by his colleagues, the Gardai, Courts Service and Judge Kevin Kilrane on April 25.
Mr Burke has established a new firm above Brady REA on the bypass road adjacent to Cryan’s Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Mr Burke was introduced by Solicitor Michael Keane who outlined Mr Burke’s back ground.
Mr Burke trained with Leo F. Branigan & Co. in Longford, McGovern Walsh in Sligo and Mullaneys in Sligo, as well as Michael J. Staines Solicitors in Dublin. He gained valuable experience in the greatly varied workload of these posts.
Judge Kevin Kilrane said “hope springs eternal” for Mr Burke who begins his “less glamorous career” at a “very difficult time in the economy.”
He told Mr Burke it is a “challenge and a privilege to help the citizens of this area.”
Judge Kilrane also noted that clients can be more demanding now as they have a better grasp of their rights and expect a good and professional level of standard.
Judge Kilrane said being a solicitor means “constant learning on the job.”
Garda Superintendent John Furlong welcomed Mr Burke to the court and guaranteed the co-operation of the Gardai. The Courts Service also pledged to support Mr Burke with his enquiries.
Martin J Burke, speaking for the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon District Court, thanked everyone for their kind words and best wishes. He also thanked Judge Kilrane for his advice.
He said it was a “significant and exciting day” for him. He said he looks forward to a long career and practice in Carrick-on-Shannon. He wants to build a good relationship with everyone and is delighted to be able to provide legal services to the people of Leitrim and neighbouring counties.
Mr Burke extended an open invite to everyone in the court room and to the public to attend his open evening at the new office on Thursday, May 8 from 6-9pm.