MACKEY, THOMAS *
- Born: 1839/40? Died: 1922
Builder, of Dublin. According to the census of 1911, Thomas Mackey was born in Co. Kildare in 1839 or 1840. He established himself as a builder in Dublin, later assisted in business by his sons Peter and James. The former was killed in a building accident some years before his father's death, the latter was a quantity surveyor and JP for the City of Dublin.(1) At the time of his death in 1922, Thomas Mackey was believed to be the oldest member of his profession in Dublin.(2) He had married his wife Anne circa 1870 and had eight children, of whom only four were survivng at the time of the 1911 census. These included a twenty-six-year-old son named John, who is described as an architect and engineer.
A devout Catholic, Mackey fought in Italy in the Irish Brigade which was raised in the service of the Pope during Garibaldi's campaigns. In politics he was a strong supporter of the Irish Party.
Addresses: 40 Usher's Quay, <=1874->=1875; 48 Camden Street Lower, <=1896 until death.
Home: 42 Charleston Road, Rathmines, 1911.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Mackey in IB 64, 2 Dec 1922, 814, and from the 1911 census http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000136966/ (last visited Feb 2009).
(1) Building News 99, 16 Dec 1910, 883.
(2) The obituary records his age at the time of death as eighty-six, three or four years older than the age given in the 1911 census.