DublinTown Meets Shea Cullen Solicitors
DublinTown talks to Shea Cullen of Shea Cullen Solicitors about his business, what he loves about the city he works in and his favourite places to go.
What inspired you to open your own practice?
I’d love to say that it was Al Pacino in “Justice for All” but it wasn’t. I do enjoy a good argument, loved English and hated Maths so it seemed like the right profession for me.
Why did you choose Stephen’s Green, as a location for your business ?
I have lots of clients both northside and southside so the City Centre was the logical choice. Dawson Street is one of my favourite streets in Dublin and with the Luas in operation it feels very European.
What do you like about this neighborhood? What do you think is unique about it?
It is a lovely mix of the old and the new. You have the beautiful St Anne’s church beside a gleaming modern Luas stop. You’ve got Dublin bike stations and St Stephen’s Green park. What’s not to love.
Where would you go around here for a bite to eat, socialising, shopping etc.?
I love coffee. I go out for a coffee every day. Some of it hipster, some of it not so hipster. I am a big fan of 3FE coffee. My favourite coffee shops are Legit Coffee Co, Coffee Angel, Kaph coffee, Industry, Bestseller Dublin (it used to be the National Bible Society of Ireland and has one of the most beautiful interiors of any coffee shop anywhere) and Tang on the corner of Dawson street and St Stephen’s Green who serve great coffee which is roasted in Dublin. I love to meet friends in the wine bar in Fallon and Byrne or eat at the Sussex or the Fumbally and see a film in the IFI. I’m not a great shopper but always enjoy a trip into the Dublin Flea market. I also like Article in the Powercourt Centre or the Pen Corner in College Green.
What’s your perfect day in DublinTown?
A walk along the canal in the sun, lunch in Honest to Goodness or Bibi’s, a visit to the RHA or National Gallery and a couple of pints in O’Briens or Hogans and a trip to the Sugar Club or a jazz gig.
What’s a funny story or memory you have about working here?
Quite a few years ago I had a meeting in town and I parked on Molesworth Street. It was a filthy day, lashing rain and very miserable. When I came out I realised that I had a puncture. I was wearing my best suit and I was nearly in tears at the thought of kneeling down in the rain and trying to change the tyre. A builder who was passing by saw my predicament and insisted that he would do it. He said that he wouldn’t want to see me destroy my suit. To my great embarrassment but huge relief he changed the tyre and then insisted on fighting me when I tried to give him a few bob to have a drink on me. That act of kindness meant so much to me.
Being a solicitor in DublinTown, what are the three most common legal advice requests you receive?
People ask about buying or selling a property, taking a lease or making a Will. There is more information on my website www.cullensolicitors.ie I have a recent blog dealing with Wills which you can read here. I also send out newsletters in plain English dealing with everyday legal information. If anyone would like to subscribe they can send me an email.