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Limerick Mourns the Sudden Passing of Respected Judge

DUBLIN – In a shocking turn of events, the legal community in Ireland is grappling with the sudden demise of Mr Justice Wright, a respected member of the King’s Bench Division of the High Court. The renowned judge, who was actively involved in the courts until just days ago, was found dead in an armchair at his residence in Bray. The news has sent ripples of sorrow not only through legal circles but also among the general public who held the late judge in high regard.

Mr Justice Wright, 66, concluded the hearing of the Dyas case in the Four Courts just two days before his unexpected passing. Conflicting reports about the exact timing of his death have emerged, with some suggesting it occurred on the previous evening, while others propose the early hours of the morning. The sole witness to the tragic discovery was the crier, as the judge’s family was away at their town house in Fitzwilliam Square, East.

Known for his meticulous approach to legal matters, Mr Justice Wright was a familiar face on the Bray golf links, where he showcased his expertise in the sport. Plans for his funeral, which is expected to take place at Mount Jerome, are still in the process of being finalized.

The late judge’s career was marked by a trajectory of success and recognition. Born in June 1847 in Clonakilty, he was the second son of the esteemed Mr Thomas. R. Wright, a well-known solicitor in County Cork. A standout scholar at Trinity College, he earned the Bartley Gold Medal, a prestigious accolade not easily attained. Mr Justice Wright’s legal journey began with his call to the Bar in 1871, swiftly rising to prominence as a Senior Crown Prosecutor at Green Street. He later served as Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1900-1 before being appointed as a Justice of the King’s Bench Division in 1901.

Throughout his tenure on the Bench, Mr Justice Wright became renowned for his clear and sound judgments, earning the respect and confidence of both legal professionals and the public. His expertise was evident in high-profile criminal cases, including the Clones murder and the Richhill poisoning case in Armagh.

The judge’s sudden passing has left the legal fraternity and the citizens of Ireland in mourning. The Four Courts, where he spent much of his judicial career, witnessed a procession of his colleagues, led by the Lord Chief Baron, expressing their condolences and paying tribute to his distinguished qualities. The legal community, including the Bar and solicitors, echoed the sentiments of loss and extended sincere sympathy to the late judge’s family.

Mr Justice Wright’s impact extended beyond the courtroom, with tributes highlighting his fair-mindedness, legal acumen, and genial demeanour. Colleagues spoke of his prowess as a jurist, emphasizing his ability to grasp facts rapidly and deliver judicious decisions. The Incorporated Law Society acknowledged the great loss, describing the judge as “able, fearless, and upright.”

As Limerick mourns the passing of one of its legal luminaries, the nation reflects on the legacy of Mr Justice Wright, who leaves behind a profound imprint on Ireland’s legal landscape.

Evening Herald (Dublin) – Friday 16 May 1913

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