History of Wolfe & Co.
How we got here... Wolfe & Co. was founded in 1894 by Jasper Travers Wolfe (1872 – 1952), Solicitor and member of Dáil Éireann and first Cork President of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland.
Jasper Travers Wolfe was born in 1872, the third of nine children of William John Wolfe, a Methodist shopkeeper and his wife Rachel Wood. He was educated at the Bishop’s School, Skibbereen and passed the Law Society preliminary exam in 1888. Indentured in the practice of Thomas Downes, he obtained first place in his final exams, was awarded a gold medal and the Findlater Scholarship and admitted as a solicitor in 1893.
His father died in 1894 after a long illness and Jasper established J. Travers Wolfe & Co. shortly after, quickly establishing himself as an expert in land law.
Throughout his life, Jasper held many notable positions including; his appointment as crown solicitor in Cork City and West Riding of Cork from 1916 to 1923; his election to Dáil Éireann as an independent TD three times from his first attempt in 1927 to 1933 (he did not contest the1933 general election); his presidency of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in 1940, being the first Cork man to hold this honoured position.
Jasper was a strong supporter of Home Rule, giving a speech at the rally in London in 1912. He was sentenced to death by the IRA three times and yet after the Civil War became a lawyer for the defence of dissident Republicans.
Jasper died at his home “Norton” in Skibbereeen in 1952 and is buried at Aughadown Cemetery.
Jasper Wolfe of Skibbereen by Jasper Ungoed-Thomas is published by The Collins Press, price €22.95. It is available in all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie.