About Maureen Crawford Gallagher – formerly (Mc Namee)

I was born and raised in Letterkenny Co Donegal and educated there in the local schools. I come from a family of 10 children, five boys and five girls. My parents are from the Convoy area of the County. My father is from Kiltol in Convoy and my mother hails from Glenmaquinn between Letterkenny and Convoy. I am married with four children aged from 25 years old to 9 years old.

I left school at the age of fifteen, like everyone in those days the only work available was to work in the local factories. There was no incentive to go to college, as there was no work for those who were educated unless you decided to leave home and work in Dublin. I worked locally in the central bar in Letterkenny as a bar tender and waitress with the Blaney family for many years.

I always had an interest in law and decided to return to education. The opportunity came about when a friend informed me that she was attending the VEC to sit her leaving certificate. I though this was a great opportunity and made enquiries. I sat my leaving certificate and then progressed to the LYIT in Letterkenny where I spent four years studying law and taxation. I then attended Griffith College in Dublin to prepare for the entrance exam to the Law Society of Ireland. I have to say that those exams were the hardest exams I had ever sat and any one who decides to sit these exams should put as much time and effort into them as they are extremely difficult to pass. From there I looked for an apprenticeship with local solicitors’ firms in Letterkenny County Donegal. This proved very difficult as the recession had kicked in and work was very scarce. Eventually I was successful in attaining an apprenticeship with Browne & Co Solicitors in Letterkenny. I worked my apprenticeship for two and a half years and travelled to Dublin to the Law Society to attend law school at the same time.

I qualified as a solicitor in April 2015 and worked locally with Lanigan Clarke solicitors in Letterkenny and McCloughan Gunn Solicitors in Letterkenny. I decided to open my own practice in August of this year on the High Rd Letterkenny, adding to the list of Solicitors in Letterkenny. Now I am very happy that I can choose the areas of law I would like to practice in most.