Charles Lysaght

Charles Lysaght

Charles Lysaght is an Irish lawyer, author and journalist. He is the foremost writer of obituaries in Ireland.


Legal career

Lysaght was educated at Cambridge University and qualified as a barrister at the King's Inns, Dublin, and then at Lincoln's Inn in London. He was one of the duo that won the first Irish Times Debate in 1960[1] and was elected auditor of the King's Inns Debating Society in 1961. He worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a specialist in European Union law. He is President of the Cambridge University Ireland Society.[2]


  • Administration of Justice in Ireland (1975) by VTH Delany; edited by Charles Lysaght
  • Brendan Bracken Allen Lane, London (1979) ISBN 0-7139-0969-2[3]
  • Edward MacLysaght, 1887-1986: A memoir (1988)
  • Vanishing Kingdoms: Irish Chiefs and Their Families, AD 900-2004 (2004) (joint author)
  • The Times Great Irish Lives: An Era in Obituaries (Times Books 2008-09), co-authored with Garret FitzGerald.

Lysaght also reviews books for the Sunday Independent[4][5] and is an authority on the minutiae of recondite past laws and practices.[6]

See also

Irish Times Debate


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