First female president of Law Society dies aged 99

Moya Quinlan came from line of solicitors and qualified in 1946

 Moya Quinlan in 2012, when she  received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Law Awards. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds.

Moya Quinlan in 2012, when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Law Awards. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds.

 

Solicitor Moya Quinlan, the first woman president of the Law Society of Ireland, has died aged 99.

Qualifying to practice in 1946, Ms Quinlan had a long and celebrated career in the legal profession. In 2012 she received the inaugural Irish Law Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In all my years of practice,” she once told The Irish Times, “I have never felt that I was either special or that I was in any way unique; I was just a solicitor who happened to be a woman.”

She died on Tuesday in the care of Glengara Park Nursing Home in Glenageary, Dublin.

Ms Quinlan came from a family line of solicitors and after qualifying joined her father’s practice Joseph H Dixon – later Dixon Quinlan Solicitors – which she continued to run following his death.

A graduate of Sion Hill College in Blackrock and the Incorporated Law Society, she specialised in the area of family law. In 1969 she was elected the first Lady Council member of the Law Society, a position she retained in the following years.

She was one of a number of people behind the purchase of the Blackhall Place buildings which subsequently became the headquarters of the Law Society in 1978. She served as president of the society in 1980-81, a role her son Michael was elected to in 2017.

Ms Quinlan is survived by her sons Michael and Brendan and extended family members. Her funeral will take place on Friday at 10am at St Patrick’s Church in Monkstown.