Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Vincent Murnaghan was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, on 24 May 1897, the ninth child of George Murnaghan, farmer and MP, of Lisanelly House, Omagh, and his wife Angela (nee Mooney).(1) After attending the Christian Brothers School at Omagh, he studied engineering at University College, Dublin, obtaining the BE degree in 1918.(2) In 1922 he was appointed an assistant county surveyor for Co. Tyrone, a post which he held on a part-time basis until his death. He was appointed town surveyor for Strabane, Co. Tyrone, in or by 1932(3) and for Omagh in 1944 or 1945, retaining the latter post until 1949 or 1950. After the Second World War he built up a private practice, being principally involved in hospital, school and commercial work. He did all his own draughting and typing and used his young son, Anthony, to help him with site surveys. Anthony's Murnaghan's abiding memory of his father is of him working late at night over a drawing board at home.

Vincent Murnaghan died on 7 November 1964 and was buried at Killyclogher, Omagh. He had married Josephine Mary Morrogh in July 1923 and had eight children. His second son, Alan, became an architect and in 1969 emigrated to Canada, where he died in 1991; his third son, Anthony, became an engineer.

ICEI: elected associate member, 1929; raised to member, 1941.(4)

Addresses: Work: High Street, Omagh, 1939-1943.
Home: Lisanelly House, Omagh, from birth until 1939; Belle Vue, Omagh, 1943 until death.(5)

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from a letter of 22 Oct 1999 from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnhaghan, 40 Belfast, Road, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 9EL, to A.M. Rowan.

(1) University College Dublin: Register of Graduates (1946), 147.
(2) The Irish High Court Judge and art collector James Murnaghan was one of his brothers.
(3) He had been succeeded by J.J. Cassidy by 1939.
(4) List of ICEI members in Thom's Directory Ireland 1958, 375.
(5) But
(2) University College Dublin: Register of Graduates (1946), 147, gives his address as Drumcrimna, Lisanelly, Omagh.


7 work entries listed in chronological order for MURNAGHAN, VINCENT HUGH


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Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, DISTRICT LUNATIC ASYLUM
Date: 1937
Nature: Male admission hospital. Also involved in construction of large water tower.
Refs: IB 79, 10 Jul 1937, 634; letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, BELLE VUE, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Date: 1964-66
Nature: New school built in grounds of VM's own house, Belle Vue. Completed after VM's death under supervision of his son Alan Murnaghan.
Refs: Letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, ST PATRICK'S SECONDARY SCHOOL
Date: ?
Nature: New school. Post-war.
Refs: Letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, ST BRIGID'S SECONDARY SCHOOL
Date: ?
Nature: New school. Post-war.
Refs: Letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, BROOK STREET, LORETO CONVENT & SCHOOLS
Date: ?
Nature: Post-war extension to school.
Refs: Letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, CONEYWARREN, NESTLÉ FACTORY
Date: ?
Nature: Chimney & other works ?designed during war.
Refs: letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, MOUNT ST COLUMBA CHRISTIAN BROTHERS SCHOOL
Date: ?
Nature: Probably a pre-war design.
Refs: Letter from Vincent Murnaghan's son Anthony Murnaghan, to A.M. Rowan, 22 Oct 1999