Our History Print

The offices of Dobbyn & McCoy have been practising in Waterford for over 200 years, which makes Dobbyn & McCoy the oldest Legal Practice in County Waterford. Dobbyn & McCoy has played a long and enduring role in Waterford’s Legal History. The Practice has endured through Catholic Emancipation 1827, the struggle for Independence 1921 right through to the present day. We are very proud of our Waterford origins.

The Practice has served Waterford under various names over the last 200 years to accommodate developments, from Tandy & Co. to Dobbyn & Tandy, to Dobbyn, Tandy & McCoy and finally to Dobbyn and McCoy.  Dobbyn and McCoy as has been its name for the last 100 years where it has been situated at Colbeck Street during this same period.

In the early 1990s a branch office was set up in Tramore when Dobbyn & McCoy took over the practice of the late Michael Morrissey (father of our partner Danny Morrissey) who had practiced as a sole practitioner at Strand Street, Tramore from 1944 up until his death in 1987. The office at 2 Main Street, Tramore is run by the late Michael Morrissey’s daughter in law, Edel Morrissey.

Waterford has seen many changes over the years, as represented by the bridges that have crossed the river Suir, from “Timber Toes” to “Redmond Bridge”, from “Rice Bridge” to the new “Cat Flap”. With each of these changes Dobbyn & McCoy has continued to provide Legal Services and keep up with the times to ensure we meet the needs of the people of Waterford. Our Practice may date back to the 17th Century but our commitment to service, expertise and excellence reflects a 21st Century Practice providing legal services to the needs of 21st Century Waterford. Waterford is changing and we are changing too.

Fergus J. Power

Many of our older clients will have fond and affectionate memories of Fergus J. Power who practised in Dobbyn & McCoy from 1926 to 1995. Fergus's nephew Danny Morrissey is a partner with Dobbyn & McCoy.

Fergus is best remembered for his love of beagling and his knowledge of local folklore and place names. Fergus prosecuted on behalf of the Fisheries Board and throughtout his sixty-nine years in practice assisted clients in respect of conveyancing, litigation and probate matters.