What is a Notary Public?

Notary Public


A Notary Public is a public officer, appointed in Ireland by the Chief Justice, constituted to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business.

The function of a Notary Public includes:

  • Give Notarial Acts;
  • Administering Oaths and take affidavits;
  • Authenticating private and public documents;
  • Attesting and verifying signatures to documents;
  • Satisfying evidential or statutory requirements of foreign governments;
  • Take Affirmations and Declarations
  • Drawing up ships protests
  • Protesting bills of exchange and promissory notes for non acceptance or non payments
  • Draw up Powers of Attorney and other legal documents customarily prepared by Notaries Public
  • Take evidence as a Commissioner for foreign courts and also verify translations from foreign language into the vernacular and vice versa

The Notary’s official acts are executed under their official seal and signature. The acts of Notaries Public have worldwide recognition. The Notary’s signature on certain documents, alone on certain documents may suffice.

There is no set fee for Notarial services. The Notary will charge a proper professional fee that reflects the cost of the Notary’s services in terms of time, skill and responsibility, similar to other professional service providers

Kevin P. Geraghty of Geraghty & Co. Solicitors, was appointed as a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ireland on the 21st day September 1995. His appointment covers both the County and the City of Galway and he is commissioned for life.

Kevin is a practising Solicitor of over 35 years and is one of the longest standing and most experienced Notary Publics in the west of Ireland.

Davitt Geraghty of Geraghty & Co. has been recently appointed as a Notary Public.  His appointment covers the counties of Galway, Clare, Mayo and Roscommon and he is commissioned for life.