Company Profile

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 region. James W. Houlihan entered the firm in 1968 and was appointed State Solicitor for County Offaly in 1981 taking over the position held by his father. James W. Houlihan held the role until his retirement in 2011.


Desmond J Houlihan followed in the footsteps of his father and grand-father before him and joined the firm in 2005, becoming a partner in 2008. The third generation bond was since strengthened further when Sorcha Houlihan, sister of Desmond J Houlihan, became a partner in 2012 upon entering the practice.

Desmond J. Houlihan

Desmond J. Houlihan

Educated in Clongowes Wood College and University College Dublin, where he obtained a Degree in Business and Legal Studies (BBLS), Desmond J. Houlihan joined D.A. Houlihan & Son in 2005, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2007.  Des practices in all areas of law offered by the firm specialising in wills, probate and estate planning, in addition to renewable energy law.

Sorcha Houlihan

Sorcha Houlihan

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 and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.  Sorcha practices in all of the areas of law offered by the firm specialising in commercial and residential conveyancing and litigation.

Support Staff

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.

COVID-19 Notice

The health and well-being of our staff, colleagues and clients is of paramount importance. 

We are monitoring the situation closely and are following the latest advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

We are continuing to provide legal services to our clients and are doing so through an innovative combination of technology and remote working. Our telephone lines remain open during office hours.

We are mindful of our collective responsibility to take all measures possible to minimise the impact of this virus.