Honorable Society of Kings Inns [ Nolumus Mutari (we shall not be changed)]
Within the grounds there is a charming little public park and it is worth a visit.
Note the spelling ‘Honorable’ rather than ‘Honourable’.
“We Shall Not Be Changed’ as a motto says a lot about the legal system here in Ireland.
The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (HSKI) is the institution which controls the entry of barristers-at-law into the justice system of Ireland.
The society was created in 1541, 51 years before Trinity College, Dublin was founded, making it one of Ireland’s oldest professional and educational institutions. The founders named their society in honour of King Henry VIII of England and his newly established Kingdom of Ireland. The society secured a lease of lands at Inns Quay on the north bank of the River Liffey in Dublin. The society was reconstituted in 1607, having been inactive for some time.
In 1790 the Inns Quays site was acquired for the purposes of the Four Courts; the foundation stone at the present building at the top of Henrietta Street was laid on 1 August 1800, with James Gandon being commissioned as the architect. The building was completed by his pupil Henry Aaron Baker.