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Solicitors window, Sligo, Co. Sligo.

No this is not an April fools prank, there really was a firm of Solicitors in Sligo named Argue & Phibbs. Please read the comments below for some other (in)appropriately named firms.

The partnership started in 1919 and the main men were Mr William Argue and Mr William Talbot Phibbs. The firm continued to trade (surely Solicitors do not trade!) as "Argue & Phibbs" until the death of Mr Phibbs in 1944. From www.sligotown.net

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: between June 1937 and November 1977

NLI Ref.: ODEA 40/43

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:31:02

    Sister firm to the American Dooey, Cheetum & Howe.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:35:40

    Teeling Street, Sligo, Streetview. (That streetview is based on the reflections of the courthouse visible in this shot).

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:37:14

    "A 1920’s newspaper reported that they were actively considering taking on a third member of staff, a solicitor from England by the name of Cheetam." From here.

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:38:01

    I've always heard about this but I'd never seen it.

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:46:06

    No doubt they get plenty of business from Swindells and Gentry: www.swindellsaccounting.co.uk/about-swindells.html

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:46:25

    It is possibly this window: Streetview. At least based on the "offices are located directly opposite Sligo Courthouse" in the link above, as Teeling St., doesn't appear to have street numbers. (Plus the McTernan's in the upper window"

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:46:25

    As of 2011: Argue and Phibbs

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:49:15

    There used to be a Solicitor's firm in Fairvew with a funny name as well, but I've forgotten what it was.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:49:25

    C.H. Browne only died in 2003 at the age of 96.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:55:35

    This was news in Australia in November 1939. Didn't they know there was a war on? ...

    MEET MESSRS. ARGUE AND PHIBBS What's in a name? A lot. Do you know that there is in Victoria a firm named Shout and Anser? Another named Craven and Conquest? A third named Bright and Early? Appropriate combinations, you agree; but, "almost unbelievable, yet vouched for by several readers and checked in the telephone book . . . there is a firm of solicitors in Sligo name Argue and Phibbs." Unwilling admiration, mingled with breathless astonishment, that at least two members of the profession have come out in the open, and announced upon their brass plate the ruling canons of their profession.
    from the Advocate 30/11/1939 p.16 - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/172037683

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Apr/2015 08:59:16

    ps Hope it's not an April Fools thingummyjig ... !

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    DannyM8

    • 01/Apr/2015 09:12:45

    Obituary Mr Phibbs from IT in 3rd October 1944 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/16996613582/

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    John Spooner

    • 01/Apr/2015 09:19:52

    Reminds me of the fictional law firm which often appeared in the satirical magazine Private Eye: Sue, Grabbit and Runne

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    DannyM8

    • 01/Apr/2015 09:30:08

    William Talbot a Solicitor in Killiney, Dublin is in the Census in 1911

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    John Spooner

    • 01/Apr/2015 09:32:20

    I bet Mr Phibbs and Mr Argue couldn't believe their luck when they met "They'll still be joking about our names in a hundred years' time".

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    John Spooner

    • 01/Apr/2015 09:41:38

    What Sligo solicitors had to put up with. Allegedly. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent (Sheffield, England), Tuesday, December 11, 1877 The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent (Sheffield, England), Tuesday, December 11, 1877

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Apr/2015 10:13:13

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There's also Wright Hassall.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Apr/2015 16:14:22

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Ah Beachcomber, this is the NATIONAL Library of Ireland, we don't do April fool jokes. In my home such matters are frowned upon as "she who must be obeyed on pain of instant death" was born on this date!!!!! So, it's no joke:-0

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Apr/2015 21:04:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Happy birthday Mary!

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    um_zarafa

    • 01/Apr/2015 23:10:02

    So marvelously named!

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    mcginley2012

    • 01/Apr/2015 23:26:54

    Brilliant!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 02/Apr/2015 00:45:54

    Related to "Dewey, Cheatem and Howe"

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Apr/2015 06:51:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia and here was I thinking no one cared!!!

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    Paddywhack56

    • 02/Apr/2015 09:30:44

    www.google.ie/url? sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so... The SligoTown website (link above) has more. Some years ago solicitors Sean McTernan & Eamonn McGowan revived the name for their practice in Sligo Town. They later opened an office in Castlerea. The Argue & Phibbs plaque was still there last time I was in Castlerea.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Apr/2015 11:44:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddywhack56 Thanks.

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    nannyjean35

    • 05/Apr/2015 16:23:56

    oh, lovely poster

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    Frank Fullard

    • 09/Apr/2015 16:18:27

    Wonderful!

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    Skirls&Chokes

    • 13/Apr/2015 19:54:54

    The American Spectator used to proclaim on its masthead that its legal counsel was Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short. Not, alas, extant outside the imagination of Thomas Hobbes, and even he didn't think they were a law firm. But my favourite real occupation-appropriate (or inappropriate, as the case may be) name belonged not to an attorney's firm but to the late Archbishop of Manila: Cardinal Sin.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 15/Apr/2015 02:08:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/thesixbells I know there's a Doctor Payne in Montreal.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2018 16:10:53

    2018: Argue and Phibbs window

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jun/2018 20:26:06

    Objectively more symettrical https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley - but subjectively less interesting :) (BTW - Did you keep all your fuel receipts? Maybe the taxman would accept a claim of "public interest" :) )

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Jun/2018 20:34:56

    I was in the Sligo neighbourhood with a few hours to spare!