HISTORY was made on Monday when after 136 years Castlecomer District Court sat for the last time.
Local solicitor, Michael Condon who is based in the town described it as ‘a historic day’. “The administration of justice will no longer take place in Castlecomer and North Kilkenny. On a personal level it is a day tinged with sadness as I have appeared here for the last 31 years. I was both honoured and privileged to appear before a number of judges here who all extended great kindness and courtesy not only to me but to the public as well. I would also like to thank the district court office staff who were both courteous and kind and the gardai who always prosecuted to the highest standard. I was also provileged and honoured to work alongside the local press who were always fair, accurate and balanced. I would like to thank the Kilkenny People. I always kept their reportage because of it’s accuracy. The curtain has finally come down on the court in Castlecomer, which first opened it’s doors in 1875” he added.
Inspector Joe Carton also thanked the court staff and the people of Castlecomer and the surrounding areas. “I can assure the people of Castlecomer that the standards of investigation will continue in the absence of the courthouse. Judge David Anderson remarked that people of Castlecomer no longer needed the individual attention of a court sitting one day a month. “That can only be a good thing,” he remarked and thanked the gardai, the legal profession, the district court staff and the local press who are ‘so important in giving a fair and balanced report’.