Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir

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18. Personalities

(e) Michael MacNamara, Leimnaleha

Michael Augustus MacNamara from Leimnaleha was the only person from the school catchment area to qualify as a barrister in law. He was born on the 8th of March 1857 to James MacNamara from Leimnaleha and Anne O'Dea from Crahera.
Michael appears to have had little interest in farming the home farm which he was to inherit. Instead he qualified as a national school teacher and taught at Killerk, County Clare (1875 - 1878), Newport, County Mayo (1878 - 1881) and Claremorris, County Mayo (1881 - 1883). In resigning he stated he was returning home to manage his farm and that he intended to seek admission to the Law Society, King's Inns and also to become a Land Surveyor.
He entered the King's Inns on the 25th of October 1890, studied in Dublin including Trinity College and qualified as a barrister on the 6th January 1896. The records show that his official address for the purpose of his practice was Clonroad House, Clonroad, Ennis, County Clare to 1917. During this period he resided at Leimnaleha and maintained the farm.
On the 9 January 1913 an attempt was made to murder him. He survived the shooting having returned fire but received a bullet wound to the arm. He decided to leave the area and moved his practice to Dublin. The move was complete in 1917 and his new official address became 156 Clonliffe Road. He practiced in Dublin until his death in 1929.