This courthouse is located in a prominent position in the centre of Lismore, a town of major architectural and urban significance. Sited opposite the main gates of Lismore Castle, the courthouse – originally known as the Sessions House – was built as part of the Lismore estate, by Lord Devonshire.

The courthouse is built of finely chanelled sandstone ashlar with the main façade comprising three bays and two storeys with a taller pedimented break-front in the central entrance bay.

The building works comprised refurbishment of the existing historic building and a new extension to accommodate a lift, canteen, legal practitioners’ room and store room. The first floor courtroom will also serve as a theatre/event space. Dismountable courtroom furniture has been provided which can be removed and stored when courts are not sitting. The masonry structure encloses the lift and various rooms with the timber frame structure forming a circulation space and providing a lightweight connection between the new extension and the historic building. In addition to meeting the local court requirements the newly refurbished Lismore Courthouse will continue to make an important contribution to the social, cultural and civic life of the local community and the wider south-east region.

Lismore Courthouse is supported by Waterford Court Office.