Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Cork City Engineer, 1924-1958. Stephen Farrington, who was born in Cork City in 1889 or 1890,(1) came from a distinguished Cork Presbyterian family and was a cousin of WILLIAM MARMADUKE BERGIN WILLIAM MARMADUKE BERGIN . He studied at Cork University, where he obtained the BA and ME degrees. After graduating he worked for a time in Northern Ireland, first with Belfast Corporation, then with the Belfast & Co. Down Railway, and finally as town surveyor of Lisburn, Co. Antrim. In 1924 he was appointed city engineer of Cork, a post which he held until his retirement in 1958. For many years Farrington lectured on municipal engineering at University College, Cork. A fluent speaker of Irish and French, he was an active member the Cork Literary and Scientific Society. He was also a keen sportsman. He died on Christmas Eve 1965, survived by a widow and daughters.

Inst.CE: associate member by 1929; member by 1938.
ICEI: elected member, 7 January 1929;(2) reads paper on 'Mechanical Filtration', 4 March 1929;(3) council member 1934-41, 1953-54, 1956-61; vice-president, 1954-55; president, 1955-56.

Address:  10 Cromwell Road, Belfast, 1911.(4)

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References

All information not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Farrington in Engineers Journal 19 (1966), 63, from IB 81, 18 Feb 1939, ? , and from TICEI lists of officers and members. A portrait photograph appears as the frontispiece to TICEI 82 (1955-56).

(1) 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009).
(2) TICEI 55 (1928-29), 36.
(3) TICEI 55 (1928-29), 115-122.
(4) See note 1, above.


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Building: CO. CORK, CORK, DALY'S BRIDGE
Date: 1927
Nature: Suspension bridge designed and built by David Rowell, London, to specification of SWF.
Refs: R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998),255-6(illus.)

Author Title Date Details
Farrington, Stephen W. 'Mechanical Filtration'. 1929 TICEI 55 (1928-29), 115-121.
Farrington, Stephen W. [Presidential address to ICEI] 1956 TICEI 82 (1955-56), 1-14. (Address delivered 7 Nov 1955.)
Farrington, Stephen W. 'Engineering works and prospects in Munster' 1959 IB Centenary Number (1959), 13.