This afternoon, the Law Society of University College Dublin will bestow a Vice-Presidency of their society on Judge Judy Sheindlin, former US family court judge, and star of afternoon television in this country and in many other countries across the world.
One of the many millions all over the world who tuned in to her shows was my father. He died on Easter Monday in 2006. Because it was Easter Monday he almost has two anniversaries – the Holiday itself and the actual date of April 18th. He is therefore very much in mind in the period between these two dates. He was an avid fan of Judge Judy – her humour, her wit, her decisiveness and common sense, so she was compulsive viewing each afternoon while he lived here in Limerick. I can still see him slapping his thigh in glee when she found in favour of his own verdict! He spoke so highly of her – as though she were a personal friend and how she always did ‘the right thing’! How thrilled he would have been to hear this news about the honour bestowed on Judge Judy in Ireland! This little post is in tribute to the many hours of entertainment that he enjoyed, and to the many hours of entertainment that she provided – for him and many like him across the world.