The firm was founded by P.V. Loughray, Solicitor in 1899. He was succeeded by Desmond A. Houlihan who acquired the practice in 1937. It expanded rapidly over the years, becoming one of the foremost legal firms in the Irish midlands.
James W (Jim) Houlihan joined the firm in 1968 and now heads the present firm. He was joined by his son, Desmond J (Des) Houlihan in 2005 and Des became a partner in 2008. Since it’s foundation, the firm has worked out of the same premises (with additions from time to time) at John’s Place, Birr, Co. Offaly. In the changing world of today it is a beacon of experience and continuity.
James W. Houlihan
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1968 having obtained a degree in Politics and Economics from University College Dublin. Jim joined the family firm where he has worked ever since. Has wide experience of all areas of law having spent many years in Litigation, Conveyancing and in the areas of Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates. Has managed the practice since his father’s death in 1989. Was appointed State Solicitor for County Offaly in 1981. Jim is also a Notary Public.
Desmond J. Houlihan
Educated in Clongowes Wood College and University College Dublin, where he obtained a Degree in Business and Legal Studies (BBLS), Des followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and joined D.A. Houlihan & Son in 2005 before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2007. Des practices in all of the areas of law offered by the firm.
Qualified as a Solicitor in 2007, having obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL European Legal Studies) from University College Dublin. Sorcha trained and worked in a firm in Dublin until 2012 when she joined D.A. Houlihan & Son. Sorcha has a Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning from the Law Society of Ireland and is an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute, a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Sorcha practices in all of the areas of law offered by the firm.
We are very proud of our skilled and committed support staff at D.A. Houlihan & Son. A team is only as strong as its weakest link so we have put together a hard-working and loyal group of people who work in tandem with each Solicitor to look after all of our clients’ business requirements in a well organised and friendly way.