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About Downing Courtney & Larkin

Striving for excellence – delivering results

Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors is one of the longest established legal practices in the country with a permanent presence in Killarney for almost 200 years.

Throughout this time, we,  as a firm,  have nurtured and developed the very highest standards of legal service to private individuals and corporate clients both on a local and national level. This has cultivated an unrivalled focus on excellence and a widely held reputation for achieving fantastic results for our large client base.

Michael C. Larkin, Solicitor and Notary Public led our firm for many years and was widely acknowledged to be among Kerry’s most respected lawyers for that time. Nowadays, our practice is fronted by his children Lorna Larkin and Coman Larkin who continue to carefully preserve our firm’s notable heritage and long-standing and sizeable client base.

At Downing Courtney & Larkin solicitors, we are renowned for our direct and unfussy approach to legal matters. Our ethos is based on practical professionalism underpinned by approachable, friendly and deeply knowledgeable solicitors, who in turn are supported by a highly skilled secretarial and legal executive support staff. We additionally are continually investing in our information technology infrastructure, general office systems and policies to offer clients the gold standard in legal care and advice.

As a client of Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors, you will experience unparalleled care and attention for whatever reason you require to avail of our wide array of legal services.  For it is outstanding client care that forms the core of our approach to conducting successful business and is what ultimately distinguishes us and sets us apart from our comparators.

We know that contacting a solicitor for legal representation for whatever reason can be a daunting and overwhelming task and quite simply we are here to make that task easy. Our hope is that relationships that are initially formed from a simple phone call or e-mail are built to last for many years. Life is complicated and worrisome at times, and we wish to remain as your trusted advisors in the parameters of your life for those major decisions that come everyone’s way eventually, when you will have reason to seek legal advice. Our desire is for that experience to be a positive one, we want to be that friendly reassuring voice at the end of the phone and to steer you in the right direction with your best interests at the heart of everything we do.

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Meet the team

See who is behind our award winning practice and put a face to the name of your new team. Our team has years of experience and will offer you the best service available to ensure you succeed.


Michael C. Larkin qualified as a solicitor in 1970, having previously been conferred with B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees by University College Dublin. He joined Downing Grace and Courtney in Killarney in 1971, becoming a partner in 1974.

He was appointed a Notary Public for Kerry and contiguous counties in 1981. He recently complemented his experience by taking a post graduate Diploma in Notarial Law and Practice from the Institute of Notarial Studies in 2016.

With over 50 years’ experience in general practice, Michael is extremely knowledgeable in most areas of general practice with a particular emphasis on conveyancing, licencing, wills, charities and trusts, and defence litigation.

Over the years Michael has acted in several high-profile cases, some leading to seminal decisions in licencing and fishery law and has an unparalleled reputation for securing excellent results for his clients. The fact that many clients have remained with us for upwards of 50 years bears testament to the quality of legal advice Michael has provided and which the firm has become renowned for today.

In recent times Michael has stepped back from full time involvement in the practice and retired from the partnership in 2018, entrusting the running of the practice to the continuing partners, his children Lorna and Coman. He is a welcome face in a building where he has practiced law for 50 years. He provides notarial services by appointment and consultant advice to the firm. He enjoys the odd visit to the Courts, where he had many colourful days as Fishery Prosecutor, appearing on behalf of clients in complex legal matters. Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors LLP is very fortunate to have the invaluable resource of his many years of varied experience to call upon.

Michael is married to Trinette and in his spare time, enjoys keeping up to date on politics and current affairs, whilst also being an avid GAA fan. Michael is also a long-time member of Muckross House Trustees. He now has the time to enjoy the natural beauty of Killarney and Kerry and the company of his 11 grandchildren.

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Lorna Larkin qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and holds a B.A from University College Cork and a Higher Diploma from University College Dublin. Lorna is an experienced practitioner in the areas of residential and commercial conveyancing, landlord and tenant law, commercial and personal injuries litigation with a particular emphasis on High Court Defence litigation, together with that of wills and probate, in particular Probate Litigation. Lorna has also advised many private and corporate clients on personal and corporate insolvency issues, debt recovery and commercial lending.  Lorna is married and loves travelling, hillwalking and baking. Unfortunately she has little time for these extra-curricular activities at present being the mother of three small energetic children.

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Coman Larkin qualified as a solicitor in 2009 having graduated in 2004 with an honours B.C.L. degree in Law & Irish from University College Cork.

Coman has a focus on achieving practical and tangible results for his clients, with an emphasis on efficiency underlying his own particular approach and management of the legal process.

His extensive experience includes advising both commercial and private clients in the areas of personal injuries litigation, employment law, commercial and residential conveyancing, company law matters and arbitration. Coman similarly advises large financial institutions on legal aspects of secured lending, as well as advising Corporate client on a broad range of legal matters. He is also an experienced Probate practitioner.

Coman is married to Sue and in his down time is a cycling enthusiast, taking part in the annual Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara cycles. He enjoys walking his two golden retrievers (and his two children!) around the many scenic routes in Killarney, while also being a Kerry GAA and Aston Villa fan.

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Liam joined the firm of Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors LLP in 2016 bringing over 20 years of experience to the firm. Liam is a graduate of University College Cork and qualified as a solicitor in 1996.

Liam is an experienced litigator and has extensive experience in the areas of Family Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation. An experienced advocate, Liam has successfully dealt with cases in the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court, Central Criminal Court and Supreme Court. He also regularly advises and represents clients in the areas of Probate to include Probate Litigation and Conveyancing.

Liam is originally from County Limerick and is an avid follower of the Limerick GAA teams. He also enjoys reading, going to the cinema and to the theatre.

Married to Nuala he resides at Milltown, Co. Kerry.

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General Questions

People suffer injuries through no fault of their own. The impact of an injury can be traumatic and can have a long-lasting impact on you, both physically, mentally and financially. Making a legal claim for personal injuries can be stressful and even frightening. We are here to help you every step of the way. Read More


We know that buying or selling a property can be a very stressful experience. Finding the right property, achieving the best price, these are the first steps in the process. We will work closely with you, your Auctioneer, Engineer, Bank and Tax Advisor to ensure you are full advised and updated on all aspects of your transaction. Read More


The ending of a personal relationship is a life-altering event, affecting you, your partner, your children, and impacting on your financial future. Sometimes it can be hard to approach these situations without emotion or objectivity and we understand this, and we’re here to help and guide you through this very difficult and stressful time. Read More

Making a Will is an important task, and often remains on the `to do` list. At Downign Courtney & Larkin Solicitors, we understand that every family situation is unique, and with years of experience in Will Drafting, we can provide the expert legal and tax advice you need when making your Will. Read More


We have acted for Employers and Employees who have sought redress under the various Employment Law legislation. We have represented clients before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. Read More


What our Clients Say

I would highly recommend Downing Courtney and Larkin Solicitors. I employed their services when purchasing my home. I found them to be very professional and conscientious. I was given excellent advice and was kept up-to-date of all developments in relation to the purchase.

Lorna and her team worked diligently to ensure that my house purchase was executed swiftly. I have no hesitation in recommending Downing Courtney and Larkin as solicitors. Their rates were very reasonable. I know that the purchase of my home would not have been as stress-free without them.

-M. D. - Killarney


My husband and I started the process of purchasing our first home and were looking for a reliable legal team to support us through this process. After researching and contacting a number of firms we were given the recommendation of Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors in Killarney.

From the moment of first contact, we were delighted with the outstanding levels of customer service, guidance and the speed of which our transaction was handled. The team were extremely approachable – any time we had a worry, no matter how small, we could email and expect a speedy encouraging and calming response.

We were so happy with the service provided that we have decided to transfer all of our legal dealings to Downing Courtney & Larkin going forward and would recommend to everyone without hesitation – fantastic professional service with a unique personal touch.

-Sharon & Stan - Dublin

Thanks Coman for your expertise and efficiency in getting this transaction through so quickly. It put our minds at ease to know that we were dealing with someone that was so professional and understanding. We would have no hesitation in recommending you and using your firm again.

-Olivia - Beaufort