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Bourke Carrigg & Loftus…

Bourke Carrigg & Loftus is proud of its rich history in Mayo where our in-depth legal knowledge, extensive experience and innovative approach to problem solving has served our clients for generations.


Bourke Carrigg & Loftus was established in the mid 1860’s in Ballina

Each one of our current team members have worked with the firm for at least ten years or more, offering you a stable and committed approach you can rely on.


No matter your legal challenge or query, you can trust us to protect your interests always. We’ll take the time to explain legal terms and guide you through the legal process with a personal, hands-on approach that is consistent with the size of a small practice, yet with the legal expertise and ability you would expect of a large firm.

Learn more about our practice areas here or get in touch today for help with your legal matter.

A short history of Bourke Carrigg & Loftus


Bourke Carrigg & Loftus was established in 1860 by Robert Paget Bourke (the great grand-uncle of Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland). The firm’s original premises were located on Bury Street in Ballina and consisted of three rooms and a reception area for two typists.

Late 19th century

Robert Paget Bourke welcomed his nephew, Henry C Bourke, to the practice in the late 19th century.


In the mid-1920’s, John Carrigg moved from Dublin to join Henry C Bourke as a partner in the firm.


In the mid-1920’s, John Carrigg moved from Dublin to join Henry C Bourke as a partner in the firm.


In 1929, Patrick Joseph Loftus bought Henry C Bourke’s interest in Bourke Carrigg & Loftus.

Late 1940s

John Carrigg left the firm.


Bourke Carrigg & Loftus was taken over by Kevin P Loftus. His brother Leo Joseph Loftus joined him as a partner in 1953. Kevin and Leo are the sons of
Patrick Joseph Loftus.


Patrick Joseph Loftus left the firm when he was appointed a district court judge.


After more than a century on Bury Street, Bourke Carrigg & Loftus moved premises on 25 June 1976 to Teeling Street in Ballina. Paddy Bourke was commissioned to carry out the extension work according to the architectural specifications provided by Sean Taylor of Taylor and Veale architects in Castlebar.


Ten years later in 1986, Peter Loftus joined his father Kevin as a solicitor.


Rosemary J Loftus then joined her father Leo at the firm in 1991. She was followed by her brother Leo Marc Loftus in 1999.


On 11 June 2004 Bourke Carrigg & Loftus moved once again to a larger premises on the corner of Teeling Street and Lord Edward Street in Ballina, converting a family home, butcher’s shop and bicycle store to create the office space the firm currently calls home.


Today, Peter Loftus, Rosemarie Loftus and Marc Loftus are Partners at Bourke, Carrigg & Loftus and are the third-generation of Loftus family members to operate the firm.


Our Team Members

> Partner & Solicitor

Marc Loftus

Marc joined Bourke Carrigg & Loftus in 1999 upon graduating from University College Cork with an honour’s degree in Commerce and Law.  He offers specialist expertise in criminal law, litigation, family law, conveyancing, and wills, probate and estate planning. Marc is also a Notary Public and provides a notary service at the Bourke Carrigg & Loftus offices in Ballina and Belmullet (Tuesday afternoons only).


Mark is the Vice President of the Mayo Solicitors Bar Association, a member of the Faculty of Notary Publics in Ireland, is a board member of Moy Valley Resources and is on the board of management at Quay National School.

He is also Past Treasurer of Special Olympics Ballina and the Mayo Solicitors Bar Association and Past President of the Ballina Rugby Club.


Mark derives great satisfaction from guiding his clients through the legal process and helping them to resolve legal matters. He provides a personal, responsive service and is committed to providing his clients with the ultimate in peace-of-mind.

> Partner & Solicitor

Peter Loftus

Peter joined Bourke Carrigg & Loftus in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Property Law and is a fully qualified solicitor. Peter has extensive expertise in criminal law, licencing, family law, conveyancing and wills, probate and estate planning. He is committed to supporting local business and is a board member of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce.

Peter’s genuine desire to help people achieve the best possible outcome for their legal matter drives him to deliver a personal service backed by specialist knowledge of the law.