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Another successful Gala

The President of the Law Society, Mr Michael Quinlan, invited members to attend the second annual Spring Gala – on Friday 27 April 2018 - in support of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association.

Spring Gala 2018 took place at the historic Shelbourne Hotel. The President of the Law Society, Michael Quinlan, was joined by MC Miriam O’Callaghan and guest speaker Oliver Callan at this very special evening event.

Michael Quinlan, President

This black-tie Gala Dinner brought together members of the profession from across Ireland, providing an opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues while supporting a worthy cause.

All profits from the Spring Gala were donated to the Solicitors' Benevolent Association, which assists members or former members of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland and their families who are in need.

Video review 

Enjoy a taste of the atmosphere and fun at the 2018 Spring Gala in our short video below.

Event details

  • Friday 27 April 2018
  • Great Room, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2
  • Pre-dinner drinks at 7.00pm
  • Dinner at 8.00pm, followed by a late bar until 1.30am

Thank you to our sponsor KBC


Journalist, broadcaster and former solicitor Miriam O’Callaghan was our MC at the 2018 event.

Miriam O'Callaghan

Miriam was born and raised in Dublin, qualifying as a solicitor in 1983 before beginning her broadcasting career on ITV's This is your Life. She joined the BBC as a producer in 1987, and went on to become a reporter on BBC2's Newsnight.

In the early '90s Miriam returned to Ireland to present RTÉ's current affairs flagship programme Prime Time, while continuing to cover the Northern Irish peace process for Newsnight. In June 2013, her Prime Time interview with Praveen Halappanavar, won the Television News Category of the Justice Media Awards.

Special Guest 

Oliver Callan is Ireland’s top impressionist and satirist. His primetime radio show Callan’s Kicks is essential listening on RTÉ Radio One and has also run on TV for a series and two specials on RTÉ One. It’s one of the country’s biggest podcasts.

Oliver Callan

He also appears regularly on The Late Late Show and The Marian Finucane Show as a performer and panellist. A former journalist, he is a popular columnist and commentator on many issues in The Irish Sun and The Irish Times. His live tours have sold out shows in Dublin’s famed Olympia Theatre and the 2,500-seater Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. He is also one of Ireland's most sought after speakers at events at home and abroad.


One of Ireland’s leading jazz groups - The Phil Ware Trio - also provided entertainment at Spring Gala 2018. Pianist Phil Ware, bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady have been acclaimed as " of the hardest-working jazz trios in the country with an appetite for exploration that matched pound for pound with an insistent connection to their listeners…” (The Irish Times).

Venue and Accommodation

The Spring Gala was held at the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, set in a majestic, historic building, right in the centre of Dublin.

 A limited number of special-rate rooms were available for the event

The Shelbourne was founded in 1824 by Martin Burke, a native of Tipperary, when he acquired three adjoining townhouses overlooking Dublin's St Stephen's Green. 

Shelbourne Hotel

Alternative accommodation

Waterloo House, a lovely B&B on Waterloo Road, also offered rooms at special guest rates to Law Society Spring Gala attendees.  

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In this brief video, guest speaker Oliver Callan offered some tongue-in-cheek reasons for sponsoring our Spring Gala (2.49 mins).


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All profits from the Spring Gala 2018 were donated to the Solicitors' Benevolent Association, which assists members or former members of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland and their families who are in need.