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Michael Houlihan milestone celebrations

We enjoyed marking two significant milestones for Michael Houlihan at a special event held in our offices on Bindon Street, Ennis. Having recently reached 60 years since his qualification and 40 years since holding office as President of the Law Society, it was our privilege to recognise Michael’s journey alongside many of his former colleagues.

Michael’s father Ignatius commenced practice in Bindon Street in 1933 (his mother Oona was one of the first female lawyers in Ireland). Michael joined the practice in the 1970’s, which went on to be known as Michael Houlihan & Partners. In 2022 the firm merged with Sellors LLP to form MHP Sellors LLP, the largest dual-county law firm in the Mid-West.

The event not only marked a personal milestone for Michael but also provided an opportunity to acknowledge his pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape of the region. Among those paying tribute was Kilkee woman Marina Keane, whose journey with the firm started as a student from University of Limerick. Under the mentorship of Michael, she progressed through the ranks and was recently appointed as Partner of MHP Sellors LLP.

Marina Keane (Partner), Michael Houlihan, Stephen Keogh (Managing Partner) Photo: Eamon Ward

Speaking at the event, Marina Keane said

Michael has always pushed standards. Through his actions, he has been a powerful flag-bearer for this part of the island and helped redefine the perception of what was possible for a solicitor from outside Dublin.

Stephen Keogh, Managing Partner, echoed the sentiments and emphasised his enduring impact, saying

Michael’s contribution extends far beyond the legal profession; he has always known that the collective is greater than the individual. Michael is a man of unwavering integrity by those who know him and has left an indelible mark on the region. That is why we wanted to acknowledge him and thank him today.

Published On: March 27, 2024

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