Mairéad and me on my retirement, 3rd June 2011.  A very happy day for both of us.

Born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland, on 14th April, 1945.  Worked as a bakery worker, Customs officer, civil servant in two different departments, a truck driver and a businessman.  I took up the study of law as a mature student, in University College Cork, in 1971 and qualified as a solicitor in 1976.  I was appointed a judge of the District Court in January 1990 , retiring in June 2011.

Mairéad and I married in September 2003 at the Montauk Point lighthouse on the tip of Long Island, New York.

Despite the great loss, through cancer, of Mairéad in May, 2013, I keep busy with a life-long attachment to the scout movement, involvement with another local organisation and most of all, woodturning.  I am PRO for the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild and in fact was a founder member of that chapter in 1983.

I have a Family Tree database of about 1,100 persons that I am happy to share with other family members.  I'd also love for any family member to send me any details of forebears/ancestors and any news of births, marriages and deaths as well as noteable achievements.

Each Tuesday I write a column for "The Evening Echo", a Cork daily evening newspaper, under the title "Pattwell's Verdict".  That can be read online at www.eveningecho.ie by clicking on the link to the digital edition at the top righthand corner.  Unfortunately they charge for the privilege.

I hope that in due course I can share some of those articles here.