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23 January 2024

A celebration of commitment at the Newry & Banbridge dinner

The President of the Society, Darren Toombs joined members of the Judiciary and solicitor profession for the Newry & Banbridge Solicitors Association Annual Judges Dinner on Friday 19th January 2024.

Despite the inclement weather, over 120 members of the legal profession from across South Down and South Armagh joined colleagues at the Killeavey Castle Hotel, for a celebration of the year gone past and of the year ahead

Those attending had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers including Kevin Neary, Chair of Newry and Banbridge Association, and Donal O’Donnell, Chief Justice of Ireland.

The Chief Justice reminded attendees he was in fact the third Chief Justice with strong Newry links referring to Lady Chief Justice, Dame Siobhan Keegan who is from Newry and Lord Russell of Killowen who was born in Dominic Street in Newry and later became Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Those attending also heard the Associations tribute to District Judge Paul Copeland following the announcement of his retirement.

Commenting the Chair of Newry and Banbridge Association, Kevin Neary said

“I am delighted that so many colleagues joined us to celebrate the achievements of the local association and its members. As Chair I wish to thank our keynote speakers and to take this opportunity to recognise the contribution which Paul Copeland has made serving the people of this area as a District Judge and for his professionalism and friendship towards our members”.

Darren Toombs, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland said:

“Thank you to the Newry and Banbridge Association for their kind invitation to attend and to celebrate the work and the services which local members provide to the community of South Down and South Armagh”.



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