Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Cork. John Joseph Murphy was born on 28 August 1878 and attended the Christian Brothers' College in Cork from 1887 until 1897. He received his professional training at the School of Science and Art, Cork, from 1897 until 1900 and served his pupilage under HENRY ALBERT CUTLER HENRY ALBERT CUTLER , the Cork city surveyor, from 1900 until 1903. Cutler was appointed city engineer for Belfast in September 1903, which may be why Murphy moved in December 1904 to Belfast, where he worked as resident engineer on a water supply scheme under LUKE LIVINGSTON MACASSEY  LUKE LIVINGSTON MACASSEY until at least the end of 1905. He appears to have returned to Cork by June 1906.(1) During the next seventeen years or so, he was engaged as an assistant on a great variety of engineering work in the south of Ireland, including the Fermoy water supply, the docks extension at Passage West and the sea plane terminal at Aghada, Co. Cork. From 1909 to 1913 he was assistant engineer to Cork Rural District Council, whileGuy's Cork Directory for 1915 names him as engineer to Dunmanway Union.(2) He was an assistant to JOHN P. O'MALLEY  JOHN P. O'MALLEY in Limerick from 1922 to 1923 and was employed by the Board of Works from 1923 to 1926. In 1927 he was appointed county surveyor on for Co. Longford, initially on a temporary basis and from January 1929 on a permanent one. He held the post until his retirement in 1942.(3)

Inst.CE: student, 1902-1904; elected associate member, 3 December 1907; name erased from roll 26 November 1912.

Address: Watercourse Mill Road, Cork, 1906-1915.

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the archives of the Insitution of Civil Engineers, kindly supplied by the Archivist, Mrs Carol Morgan, and from Brendan O'Donoghue.

(1) IB 48, 30 Jun 1906, 538.
(2) Guy's Cork Directory (1915), 108,140.
(3) B.O'D.


5 work entries listed in chronological order for MURPHY, JOHN JOSEPH


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Building: CO. CORK, MACROOM, UNION WORKHOUSE & FEVER HOSPITAL
Date: 1904
Nature: Tender of Coghlan & Co., Macroom, for repairs to fever hospital and four new windows at workhouse forĀ£49 accepted. JJM architect, for Macroom Board of Guardians.
Refs: IB 46, 3 Dec 1904, 826

Building: CO. CORK, FERMOY, HOUSE (IN ST JAMES'S PLACE?)
Date: 1906
Nature: Wrought iron gates and railing for entrance to Mrs Dr. Dilworth's residence.
Refs: IB 48, 30 Jun 1906, 538

Building: CO. CORK, FERMOY, WATERWORKS
Date: 1907-09
Nature: JJM resident engineer for water supply. For Fermoy Urban District Council.
Refs: Curriculum vitae of JJM, 1928 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. CORK, PASSAGE WEST, DOCKS
Date: 1916
Nature: JJM chief assistant to 'Sir John Norton Griffiths' (sic) for dockes extension.
Refs: Curriculum vitae of JJM, 1928 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. CORK, AGHADA, SEA PLANE STATION
Date: 1918ca?
Nature: Chief assistant engineer for Moran & Co. in construction of sea plane station and pier.
Refs: Curriculum vitae of JJM, 1928 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue)