Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for Co. Sligo, 1907-1942. Robert Joseph Kirwan, son of Henry and Jean Kirwan, was born in Co. Galway  on 21 August 1869.(1) After obtaining the BE degree of the Royal University of Ireland in 1893 he became a pupil of JOHN HENRY RYAN  JOHN HENRY RYAN and EDWARD TOWNSEND EDWARD TOWNSEND , who were then engaged on the planning and construction of the Galway to Clifden railway line. In 1895 he set up in private practice in Tuam, Co. Galway. He was appointed county surveyor for Sligo in February 1907 in the place of CHARLES BOOTH JONES  CHARLES BOOTH JONES and held the post until 1942. In 1917 he and a group of partners leased the Abbeytown lead and zinc mines for three years. He died in 1949 or 1950.(2)  At the time of the 1911 census he had been married for five years to his English-born wife, Lydia, and had two young sons.

ICEI: elected member, 5 March 1902.(3)

Addresses: Work: County Surveyor's Office, The Mall, Sligo, 1907->=1922; Court House, Sligo, <=1924-1942.
Home:  Gardenfield, Tuam, Co. Galway, <=1902->=1906; 5 The Mall, Sligo, 1911; Ard-na-Veagh, Sligo, <=1946 until death.   

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 144, and ICEI membership lists and from Brendan O'Donoghue.

(1) www.familysearch.org.
(2) TICEI 76 (1949-50), 263.
(3) TICEI 29 (1901-1902), 86.


12 work entries listed in chronological order for KIRWAN, ROBERT JOSEPH


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Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, TOWN HALL
Date: 1897
Nature: Repairs to roof; ventilation of board room and billiard room. Reduced tender ot Thomas Egan (£43)  accepted by Town Commissioners, Apr 1897.
Refs: Tuam Herald, 17 Apr 1897.

Building: CO. GALWAY, GLENAMADDY, UNION WORKHOUSE
Date: 1902
Nature: Alts. & imps. Cost: £1000.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144; IB 44, 10,24 Apr 1902, 1108,1118,1122

Building: CO. MAYO, BALLINROBE?, HOUSE
Date: 1902a
Nature: New house for J. O'Neil Donnellon. £2000.(J.O'Neil Donnellon had a shop in Main St, Ballinrobe, see |Western Mail|, 1 Apr 1905)
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Date: 1902a
Nature: Technical schools in Tuam and Claremorris, costing £1,100.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. MAYO, CLAREMORRIS, TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Date: 1902a
Nature: New technical schools in Galway and Claremorris costing £1,100.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, UNION WORKHOUSE
Date: 1902a
Nature: Improvements, costing £560.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, WATERWORKS
Date: 1902a
Nature: New waterworks.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, ST JARLATH'S DIOCESAN COLLEGE
Date: 1902a
Nature: Sewerage, costing £300.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. MAYO, CLAREMORRIS, CONVENT OF MERCY
Date: 1902a
Nature: Water supply.
Refs: ICEI admissions applications, III, 144

Building: CO. GALWAY, TUAM, PARKMORE RACECOURSE
Date: 1904
Nature: Walls & fencing to enclose new racecourse.
Refs: IB 46, 2 Jul 1904, 422

Building: CO. SLIGO, GARRAGRAWNS? (DUNMORE), CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1912
Nature: New church. Contractor: Finnigan.
Refs: Building News, 26 Jul 1912, 134

Building: CO. SLIGO, TUBBERCURRY, GALLAGHER'S TERRACE, WATER MAIN
Date: 1937
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 79, 6 Mar 1937, 217