Judge Aingil Ní Chondúin who retired from the district court yesterday described her days working as a Judge as the "happiest of my life and the most fulfilling".
Courtroom 4 at the Washington Street courthouse in Cork was packed for Judge Ní Chondúin’s last day on the bench.
Colleagues, lawyers, gardaí and professionals associated with the courts praised the work of the judge and wished her well in her retirement.
Judge Ní Chondúin presided over contested criminal and civil cases in Cork and in the past few years she specialised in family law cases and also presided over the juvenile court.
Mary Crowley of the Court Service said: "Judge Ní Chonduin's style has always been to do her job in a calm and consistent manner and for those of us who have worked closely with her, we know that this has achieved real results for people in their lives."
"The people of Cork owe her much gratitude as she has worked hard to help resolve difficulties in their lives in areas of family law, childcare law and maintained the law in juvenile justice and criminal justice."
These sentiments and good wishes were echoed by other speakers who paid tribute to the retiring judge yesterday.
Those speakers consisted of Donal McCarthy BL on behalf of barristers, retired Judge David Riordan, Norman Walsh, solicitor, Patrice Cooney, solicitor and chairperson of the Family Lawyers Association, Máire O'Sullivan, solicitor, who spoke in Irish and on behalf of the Southern Law Association, David Taylor, solicitor on behalf of the Child and Family Agency, Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan for the Gardai, Rosemary Fox for the Probation Service, Eamonn Kiely CEO of the Courts Service and Judge Con O'Leary on behalf of the Judiciary.
Judge Ni Chonduin thanked everyone for their warm words and wishes. She thanked the solicitors, registrars, court staff, Gardai, Probation Service, the President of the District Court, and others.