• Assizes

      The Assizes were the primary local courts of criminal trial in Ireland. The assize system consisted of justices travelling the country to try both civil and criminal cases. While they can be traced back to the 13th and 14th ...
  • Grand Juries

      Grand Juries were introduced as part of the administrative system in Ireland after the Anglo-Norman invasion (1169-1172). They became the primary organ of local government in the counties of Ireland. The High Sheriff was responsible for nominating a jury ...
  • THE TRIAL OF PETER BARRETT

    SOURCE: CONTACT MAGAZINE 1980 Athenry Parish has given many famous people to Church and State. In the fields of Literary Achievements, Scholarship, Drama and Sport they have won National and International acclaim but for reasons completely different to any of ...