Edited by Danielle McLaughlin




  • Pages: 235
  • ISBN: 978-1-906539-76-4
  • Published: Nov 2018

The law reports aren’t just a collection of gripping stories well told – they are important historical resources that offer insights into hundreds of years of Irish life.

– Danielle McLaughlin


Counterparts: A Synergy of Law and Literature edited by Danielle McLaughlin in aid of Peter McVerry Trust.

Counterparts is published in paperback and in two special limited editions. 

Cork launch: Wednesday December 5th at 6pm, Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place.

Dublin launch: Monday December 10th at 6pm, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 7.

The anthology is arranged as a series of pairings, with writing by contemporary Irish lawyer-writers paired with extracts from a legal judgment of the writers’ choosing. The writers also offer their reasons for choosing that particular judgment. In some cases a law report may have prompted a new piece of writing; in others, writers may see resonances of theme or language between the legal writing of the judgment and the themes they seek to explore in their own work; or it may simply be that they were drawn to a fascinating human story told in fine language, as the law reports so often deliver!

Counterparts is a mix of previously unpublished work and reprinted material; it comprises short stories, novel extracts, poetry, and personal essay/memoir. Contributors come from a broad range of legal backgrounds and include High Court judges, solicitors, law librarians, barristers, legal academics, among others.

Andrea Carter, Dominique Cleary, Stephen Darcy Collins, Catherine Conroy, Brian Cregan, Yvonne Cullen, Madeleine D’Arcy, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, Rachel Fehily, Adrian Hardiman, Maria Hoey, Hugo Kelly, Catherine Kirwan, Lauren Lawler, Eoin McNamee, John Mee, Michael Mee, Cian Murphy, Annemarie Neary, John O’Donnell, Olivia Smith and Rory Walsh.

All profits from the sale of Counterparts are in aid of Peter McVerry Trust. Printing costs have been generously sponsored by:

Arthur Cox
Gartlan Furey
Lavelle Solicitors 
Maples and Calder
Mason Hayes & Curran
McCann FitzGerald
Philip Lee
Ronan Daly Jermyn
William Fry

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Paperback, Hardback, Cloth-bound