Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Richard Hassard was born on 11 December 1820, the eldest surviving son of John Hassard, DL, of Bawnboy House, Co. Cavan, and his wife Charlotte, daughter of Robert Deey.(1) He was educated at Mount Radford School, Exeter, and then entered the engineering profession. He was engineer to the Londonderry & Enniskillen and Londonderry & Coleraine railways in 1849,(2) and in 1850 and 1851 he was town surveyor for the city of Derry.(3) For several years in the 1850s or 1860s he was chief assistant to GEORGE WILLOUGHBY HEMANS  GEORGE WILLOUGHBY HEMANS in the survey and construction of various railways in Ireland. In 1860 he designed the Dublin Bridge Station at Newry for the Newry & Warrenpoint Railway Co,(4) and from 1860 until 1865 he was resident engineer on the Portadown, Dungannon & Omagh Railway.(5) Hassard had a particular interest in hydraulic works. In Ireland he was the first advocate of a water supply for Dublin from the River Vartry,(6) and he was associated with the water supply for many other towns, including the townships of Rathmines and Rathgar, Sligo, Dundalk, Enniskillen, Cavan, and Newry. Hassard may have left Ireland around 1866, for there are no references to him in the Irish Builder between this date and 1878; by 1884 he was definitely based in London,(7) though he continued to be involved in Irish engineering projects. In 1888 he submitted a proposal for the Dublin junction railway to link the Kingstown and Great Southern and Western Railways.(8) With a partner named Tyrrell he collaborated with KAYE-PARRY & KAYE-PARRY & amp; ROSS in the design of the Bray waterworks scheme.(9) He died on 4 February 1913, in his ninety-third year.

Inst.CE: elected member, 6 Mar 1866.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60.

(1) Burke's Landed Gentry (n.d., but ca. 1857).
(2) Jones transcripts from Thom's Directories, sub Londonderry & Enniskillen and Londonderry & Coleraine Railways.
(3) Jones transcripts from Thom's directories.
(4) DB 2, 1 Jul 1860, 301.
(5) Jones transcripts from Thom's Directories, sub Portadown, Dungannon & Omagh Railway.
(6) TICEI 6 ((1859-61), 226.
(7) IB 26, 15 Nov 1884, 345.
(8) IB 30, 1 Nov 1888, 278.
(9) IB 48, 20 Oct,15 Dec 1906, 829,1014.


12 work entries listed in chronological order for HASSARD, RICHARD


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Building: CO. WICKLOW, ROUNDWOOD, VARTRY WATER WORKS
Date: 1854-?
Nature: Scheme first proposed by RH.
Refs: Obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60; R. Hassard, 'On the River Varty as asource of Water Supply for Dublin', TICEI 6 ((1859-61), 221-237.

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY, RAILWAY STATION
Date: 1860-61
Nature: New passenger station at Dublin Bridge for Newry & Warrenpoint Railway Co. Tenders invited, Jun 1860. Tenders invited for erecting goods' station, Nov 1861.
Refs: Armagh Guardian, 22 Jun 1860, 15 Nov 1861; DB 2, 1 Jul 1860, 301

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CARLISLE BRIDGE (NEW)
Date: 1862
Nature: Competition entrant.
Refs: DB 4, 1 Sep 1862, 216

Building: CO. SLIGO, SLIGO, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1881
Nature: Construction of works for a supply of water from a mountain source for Sligo Corporation (Kilsellagh scheme). Tender of Sweeny & McLaren (McLarnon?) accepted (£14,221). Clerk of works: McCreevy, CE.
Refs: IB 23, 1 Apr 1881, 111; Terence O'Rorke, History of Sligo (1889), I, 410;  obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60;  Tadhg Kilgannon, Sligo and its surroundings (Sligo, 1926), 114.

Building: CO. LOUTH, DUNDALK, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1884;1897
Nature: New waterworks to be constructed at cost of £22,000, 1884. Completed 1889. Supply increased in 1897.
Refs: IB 26, 15 Oct,15 Nov 1884, ?,345; 39, 1 Feb 1897, 33; obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60;  Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 269

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BOHERNABREENA, RESERVOIR
Date: 1887a
Nature: Water supply for Rathmines and Rathgar Townships. Design based on scheme put forward by Parke Neville in 1854.
Refs: Min.Proc.Inst.CE 115 (1893-4), 132-3; R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 85

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOWTH, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1902
Nature: Awarded £25 in competition for Howth water supply.
Refs: IB 44, 22 May 1902, 1264

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOWTH, WATERWORKS
Date: 1906-08
Nature: New, with Kaye-Parry & Ross. Resident superintending engineer: David Burtchaell. Contractors: McKee & McNally, Dungannon. Estimated cost £6683.17.4. Completed end of 1908
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct,15 Dec 1906, 829, 899,1014; 49, 19 Oct 1907, 708; 50, 12 Dec 1908, 753; 52, 20 Aug 1910, ?; Building News 95, 18 Dec 1908, 868

Building: CO. LOUTH, DUNDALK, WATERWORKS
Date: 1995ca
Nature: Worked on same assisted by James Gaskin.
Refs: Application of James Gaskin for membership of ICEI, ICEI membership applications, II, 114

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY, WATER SUPPLY
Date: ?
Nature: RH associated with.
Refs: Obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60

Building: CO. CAVAN, CAVAN, WATER SUPPLY
Date: ?
Nature: RH associated with.
Refs: Obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, WATER SUPPLY
Date: ?
Nature: RH associated with.
Refs: Obituary of Hassard in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 193 (1912-13), 359-60

Author Title Date Details
Hassard, Richard 'On the River Vartry as a source of water supply for Dublin' 1861 TICEI 6 ((1859-61), 221-237.
Hassard, Richard 'The Dublin main drainage and the townships' 1878 IB 20, 15 Dec 1878, 357.