A Longford Judge has been appointed to the prestigious role of President of the Circuit Court.
Last week, Judge Raymond Groarke from Longford town was nominated by the government to replace the out-going President Mr Justice Matthew Deery.
Family members in Longford have reacted with delight to Raymond’s appointment. “As a family we are incredibly proud of Raymond’s achievements. He has always been extraordinarily hard-working so it’s great to see his talents and efforts being recognised,” sister Lorna told the Leader.
Evidently, law runs strongly in the family blood as Raymond’s father Paddy founded Groarke & Partners Solicitors in Longford 77-years ago. Two of Raymond’s siblings, Patrick and Lorna, still run the busy practice on Main Street. Another brother, Stephen is a barrister on the Midlands circuit.
Raymond was born in 1952 and soon after went on to attend St Michael’s Boys National School, Clongowes Wood and Ballymahon Convent of Mercy. He went on to study in UCD and King’s Inn before being called to the Bar in 1973. As a barrister, he practised predominantly on the Midland Circuit Court from 1973 to 1996.
In 1996 he was appointed a judge of the Circuit Court before being assigned to the Eastern Circuit in 1998, and later to the Western Circuit in 2005. In his new position, which is for a term of seven years, Judge Groarke will be focused on administering the Circuit Court judiciary nationally, but will continue to hear select cases before the courts.