Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Derry City. James Patrick McGrath was born in Derry in 1875 and educated at St Columb's Schools and St Columb's College, Derry. He was articled to EDWARD J. TOYE EDWARD J. TOYE , studying at the same time at the Derry School of Science and Art. He set up his own office in 1897 and developed a varied practice of commercial, domestic, school and Catholic ecclesiastical work. He was also architect to the Donegal Asylums Board. In 1920, in compliance with a Local Government Board requirement that only fully qualified architects who were members of the RIAI or RIBA could be placed in charge of housing schemes, he was appointed architect to the Omagh housing scheme instead of the town surveyor, THOMAS T. HAMILTON. THOMAS T. HAMILTON. (1) He was likewise architect for the Buncrana Urban District Council's housing scheme in the early 1930s.(2) He died on 3 October 1948, remembered as late as1970 as 'a well-known local figure round whom a number of stories collect'.(3)   At the time of the 1911 census he was still unmarried and living with his widowed mother.

RIAI: elected member, 1911; membership ceased, 1918,(4) but resumed again by 1921.
RIBA: elected licentiate, 20 Mar 1911.(5)

Addresses:(6) 28 Carlisle Rd, Derry, 1899-1902;(7) Commercial Buildings, Foyle Street, 1903-1908;(8) 6 Castle Street, 1909(9)->=1924; Market Street(sic), 1926; 1 Newmarket Street,(10)<=1929-until death.
Home:  29 Marlborough Street, 1911.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009) and from the obituary of McGrath, signed 'J.P.D., 15th August, 1949' in RIAI Year Book (1949), 25.

(1) IB 62, 14 Aug 1920, 533,536.
(2) IB 74, 16 Jan,26 Mar 1932, 79,303.
(3) W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan & J.J. Tracey, City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 58.
(4) JRIAI (1919), 10.
(5) RIBAJ 18 (1911), 437.
(6) From RIAI lists of members unless otherwise stated.
(7) IB 41, 15 Sep 1899, 130; 43, 23 Oct 1902, 1452.
(8) IB 45, 26 Feb 1903, 1618; 50, 19 Sep 1908, 579.
(9) IB 51, 20 Mar 1909, 178.


89 work entries listed in chronological order for MCGRATH, JAMES PATRICK [1]


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Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, QUAY, FOYLE ROWING CLUB HOUISE
Date: 1898
Nature: New club house to be erected. Contractor: J. Ballantine (£500)
Refs: IB 40, 15 Sep 1898, 141

Building: CO. TYRONE, AUGHNACLOY, CHURCH (RC, OLD)
Date: 1898
Nature: Imps. to be carried out at cost of £170.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Sep 1898, 135

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BROOK STREET, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1898
Nature: Tender of S. McLaughton & Co (£395) accepted.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Feb 1898, 20

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, PARK AVENUE, HOUSES (002) & SHOP
Date: 1898
Nature: Tender of R. Colhoun & Co. (£340) accepted.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Feb 1898, 20

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DRUNG (MOVILLE), CHURCH OF ST COLUMBA (RC)
Date: 1899
Nature: Painting of interior. £35.10s.
Refs: IB 41, 1 Nov 1899, 177

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, WATERLOO STREET, PREMISES (GALLAGHER)
Date: 1899
Nature: Addition to Mr Gallagher's premises. Contractor: R. Colhoun, Strand Rd. (£203.18s)
Refs: IB 41, 1 Nov 1899, 177

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BISHOP STREET, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1899
Nature: To be built for Thomas McCallion. Contractor: J.E. Maultsaid & Co, Rosemount (£420)
Refs: IB 41, 1 Nov 1899, 177

Building: CO. DERRY, FEENY, TULLYGOAN, PAROCHIAL HOUSE
Date: 1899
Nature: To be erected. Contractor: J. Denny, Dungiven (£625).
Refs: IB 41, 15 Sep,1 Nov 1899, 130,177

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BRANDYWELL ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1900
Nature: -
Refs: IB 42, 15 Apr 1900, 343

Building: CO. DONEGAL, RATHMULLEN, HOTEL (MACK'S)
Date: 1900
Nature: -
Refs: IB 42, 15 Nov 1900, 555

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, GREAT JAMES'S STREET (& LOWER ROAD), INN
Date: 1900
Nature: Alts. & imps. (or new?)
Refs: IB 42, 15 Feb,1 Mar,15 Apr,15 Nov 1900, 286,294,343,548; B 78, 10 Feb 1900, 148

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, HAWTHORN TERRACE, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: Tender of P. McSand (or McSaid) (£175) accepted.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Jun 1900, 383

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LAWRENCE STREET, HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: New residence in grounds of Foyle College.Tender of R. Colhoun (£815) accepted.
Refs: IB 42, 15 Feb,1 Jun 1900, 280,383

Building: CO. DONEGAL, ROSNAKILL, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1900
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 42, 15 Aug 1900, 452

Building: CO. DONEGAL, RATHMULLEN, HOLLYMOUNT
Date: 1900
Nature: Rebuilding, for Mr P.H. Edwards. Tenders sought.
Refs: B 79, 11 Aug 1900, 142; IB 42, 15 Aug 1900, 452,458

Building: CO. DONEGAL, BUNCRANA, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1900
Nature: New business premises for P. Porter to be started.
Refs: B 78, 23 Jun 1900, 626 (advt. for tenders); IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 421

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LECKY ROAD, LICENSED PREMISES
Date: 1900
Nature: Alts. & imps.
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 262

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DONEGAL, LICENSED PREMISES
Date: 1901
Nature: Renovation.
Refs: IB 43, 27 Mar 1901, 686

Building: CO. DONEGAL, TOOBAN (FAHAN), SCHOOL
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting schoolhouse, &c.
Refs: B 83, 19 Jul 1902, 66

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, SHANTALLOW, HOUSE
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders received for erection of villa.
Refs: IB 44, 19 Jun 1902, 1292

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, FAHAN STREET (BOGSIDE), HOUSES (003)
Date: 1902
Nature: Improvements & plastering.
Refs: IB 43, 23 Oct 1902, 1452

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, FERGUSON'S LA (OFF), HOUSES (002)
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders received for erecting same.
Refs: IB 43, 3 Jul 1902, 1308; B 82, 21 Jun 1902, 626

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BISHOP GATE (& LONG TOWER), PREMISES
Date: 1902
Nature: Alts. to premises for Daniel McNulty, TC. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 43, 19 Jun 1902, 1290

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LAWRENCE STREET, HOUSE
Date: 1902
Nature: New house for W.N. McGuinness in grounds of Foyle College. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 43, 30 Jan,13 Feb 1902, 1026,1042; B 82, 22 Mar 1902, 305

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CARLISLE ROAD, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1902
Nature: Alts. to ?form business premises.
Refs: IB 43, 30 Jan 1902, 1026

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, DISTRICT LUNATIC ASYLUM
Date: 1902-04
Nature: Adds. comprising erection of male block and female wing. Contractor: J. & W. Stewart, Ormeau Rd, Belfast (£20,690)
Refs: IB 44, 11 Sep 1902, 1402; 45, 26 Feb,26 Mar,24 Sep,8 Oct 1903, 1618,1654,1658,2002,2035; 46, 30 Jan 1904, 54

Building: CO. DONEGAL, RATHMULLEN, WESLEYAN STREET, HOUSE
Date: 1903
Nature: Estimates invited for erection of house.
Refs: IB 45, 13 Aug 1903, 1932

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BISHOP STREET, BUSINESS PREMISES & STORES
Date: 1903
Nature: Rebuilding, for Edward McGinnis, Esq.. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 45, 30 Jul,13 Aug 1903, 1904,1912,1932; B 85, 1 Aug 1903, 148

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, MAIN STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders invited for rebuilding premises for Mr Bartley Ramsay.
Refs: IB 45, 9,23 Apr 1903, 1686,1710

Building: CO. DERRY, FOYLE STREET, SHOP
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders invited for building new front and fitting of shop.
Refs: IB 45, 12 Mar 1903, 1632

Building: CO. DONEGAL, RATHMULLEN, SCHOOL
Date: 1903-04
Nature: Boys' & girls' schools. Tenders invited Aug 1903.
Refs: B 85, 8 Aug 1903, 170; 71st Report of Commissioners for National Education (1904), 16

Building: CO. TYRONE, STRABANE, MAIN STREET (& BRIDGE STREET), SHOPS (002) & HOUSES (002)
Date: 1904
Nature: For James Dunn. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 46, 5 Nov 1904, 750; B 82, 5 Nov 1904, 476

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, FOYLE STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1904
Nature: Improvements.
Refs: IB 46, 12 Mar 1904, 158

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BOGSIDE, POLICE BARRACKS
Date: 1905
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 47, 7 Oct 1905, 710

Building: CO. TYRONE, STRABANE, MELLMOUNT, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1905
Nature: Heating.
Refs: IB 47, 23 Sep,7 Oct 1905, 677,714

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BRIDGE STREET (& ROOKERY LANE), PREMISES
Date: 1905
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 47, 29 Jul 1905, 526

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, FERRYQUAY STREET, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1905
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 47, 11 Feb 1905, 98

Building: CO. DONEGAL, PETTIGO, PREMISES
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders received for alts. & imps, for D.J. Flood, Esq.
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct 1906, 847

Building: CO. TYRONE, NEWTOWNSTEWART, DREGISH, PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders received.
Refs: IB 48, 28 Jul 1906, 606

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, MARKET STREET, NO. 008
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders invited for alts. for Miss McGeown.
Refs: IB 48, 24 Mar 1906, 242

Building: CO. TYRONE, ROUSKEY (GORTIN), CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1906
Nature: Alts. & imps.
Refs: IB 48, 24 Feb 1906, 154

Building: CO. DERRY, CLAUDY, HOUSE
Date: 1907
Nature: Adds. to house, for Edward Moss.
Refs: IB 49, 24 Aug 1907, 593

Building: CO. DONEGAL, GLENSWILLY, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1907
Nature: Tenders have been received for improvements.
Refs: IB 49, 29 Jun 1907, 457

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, WATERLOO STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1907
Nature: Houses on lower left side of street, below Castle Gate. With P.H. Elliott.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun 1907, 394

Building: CO. DONEGAL, DUNGLOE, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1908
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 50, 3 Oct 1908, 614

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LIFFORD, COUNTY INFIRMARY
Date: 1908
Nature: Tenders invited by Committee of Management for plumbing work to alts & adds.
Refs: IB 50, 19 Sep 1908, 579

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1908
Nature: JPM and Edward J. Toye jointly responsible for scheme costing £7843.7s.
Refs: IB 50, 25 Jan 1908, 37

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, PAVILION MUSIC HALL
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same.
Refs: B 97, 28 Aug 1909, 250

Building: CO. DERRY, DUNGIVEN, HOUSE
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for plumbing & gasfitting for house in course of erection.
Refs: IB 51, 3 Apr 1909, 210

Building: CO. DONEGAL, BUNCRANA, SHOPS & HOUSES (002)
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same.
Refs: IB 511, 20 Mar 1909, 178

Building: CO. DONEGAL, CLONMANY, HOUSE
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of house for Mr P. Deffy.
Refs: IB 51, 20 Mar 1909, 178

Building: CO. DONEGAL, CULDAFF, PAROCHIAL HOUSE
Date: 1910
Nature: For Rev. F. McCullagh, PP.
Refs: IB 52, 19 Mar 1910, 182

Building: CO. TYRONE, GLENELLY, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1911
Nature: New church, for J. McGoerty, PP, Glenelly. Tenders invited Apr 1911. Contractor: Michael Sweeney, Derry (£2,000).
Refs: IB 53, 15 Apr,13 May 1911, 249,326; IA & C 1, 8 Apr 1911, 145

Building: CO. DERRY, MAGHERA, FALLAGHLOON, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1911-1912
Nature: Alts. & imps, for Rt. Rev. Monsignor McGurk, PP. Contractor: J. Ballantine & Co, Derry (£3,000). Dedicated Oct 1912.
Refs: IB 53, 10 Jun,22 Jul 1911, 398,493; 54, 12 Oct 1912, 588; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 410

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CRAIGBANE, PAROCHIAL HOUSE
Date: 1912
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new parochial house.
Refs: IB 54, 30 Mar 1912, 199

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STANLEY'S WALK, PREMISES
Date: 1912
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out alts. & adds. for Mr Joseph Bradley.
Refs: IB 54, 16 Mar 1912, 172

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, GLENBROOK TERRACE, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1913
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same.
Refs: IB 55, 8 Nov 1913, 714

Building: CO. DERRY, GORTAHURK (DESERTMARTIN), CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1913
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out improvements for Rev. P. O'Brien, PP.
Refs: IB 55, 7 Jun 1913, 384; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 232

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD (& PATRICK STREET), PREMISES
Date: 1913
Nature: Rebuilding, for representatives of Matthew Lynch.
Refs: IB 55, 26 Apr 1913, 288

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, ROSSVILLE STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1913
Nature: Extension for Mr Conn Bradley.
Refs: IB 55, 29 Mar 1913, 206

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, ?, FACTORY
Date: 1914
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 56, 3 Jan 1914, 20

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, ?, SHOPS (003)
Date: 1914
Nature: -
Refs: IB 56, 3 Jan 1914, 20

Building: CO. DONEGAL, GLENTIES, BUSINESS PREMISES & RESIDENCE
Date: 1914
Nature: -
Refs: IB 56, 23 May 1914, 328

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM (PROPOSED)
Date: 1914.
Nature: -
Refs: IB 56, 11 Apr 1914, 230

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CHAPEL ROAD (WATERSIDE), CHURCH OF ST COLUMB (RC)
Date: 1917
Nature: Large job of fibrous plaster work by Michael Creedon, Clare lane, Dublin.
Refs: IB 59, 1 Apr 1917, 448; 60, 13 Apr 1918, 208

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, COLLON, HOUSE
Date: 1918
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new house at the Collon for Mr William Cassidy.
Refs: IB 60, 28 Dec 1918, 572

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, WESTLAND TERRACE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1920
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same for Mr John McIlhargey, Waterloo Street.
Refs: IB 62, 14 Aug 1920, 533

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CLONES, HOUSE (FERMANAGH HOUSE?)
Date: 1920
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of residence for Dr M.G. Keirans.
Refs: IB 62, 31 Jul 1920, 501

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1920
Nature: Rebuilding, for J.E. McFeely. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 62, 8 May 1920, 333

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LONDON STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1920
Nature: Tenders received for erecting warehouse for Mssrs. J. McColgan & Co, Bishop St.
Refs: IB 62, 27 Mar 1920, 188

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, HOUSES
Date: 1920-24
Nature: JPMcG, appointed architect by Omagh UDC, designs housing scheme.
Refs: IB 62, 14 Aug 1920, 533,536; 66, 9 Aug 1924, 698

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CATHEDRAL OF ST EUGENE (RC)
Date: 1921
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out painting work.
Refs: IB 63, 10 Sep 1921, 606

Building: CO. DONEGAL, INCH, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (RC)
Date: 1921-23
Nature: New 7-bay neo-Norman hall in rendered cement, for the Rev. M. O'Mullin, PP, Fahan. Tenders invited Aug 1921; work in progress Apr 1923.
Refs: IB 62, 27 Mar 1920, 188; 63, 13 Aug 1921, 550; 65, 7 Apr 1923, 254; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 318

Building: CO. DERRY, LIMAVADY, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1922
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same fro Thomas O'Brien.
Refs: IB 64, 22 Apr 1933, 282

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, HOUSES (032)
Date: 1923
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of 16 pairs of semi-detached houses for Omagh UDC.
Refs: IB 65, 1 Dec 1923, 937

Building: CO. DERRY, DUNGIVEN, OWENBEG, HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting residence for Mr George Dallas.
Refs: IB 65, 30 Jun 1923, 506

Building: CO. DONEGAL, MOVILLE, ALEXANDRA HOTEL
Date: 1924
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting extensions.
Refs: IB 66, 26 Jul 1924, 658; B 127, 1 Aug 1924, ?

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, HOUSES (010)
Date: 1924
Nature: For Omagh UDC.
Refs: IB 66, 17 May,9 Aug 1924, 445,698

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, NATIONAL BANK
Date: 1927
Nature: -
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 399

Building: CO. DERRY, MAGHERA, BOYS' PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1927
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out adds.
Refs: IB 69, 15 Oct 1927, 765; Architect & Building News 118, 21 Oct 1927, 669

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS SCHOOL
Date: 1929
Nature: Addition.
Refs: IB 71, 25 May 1929, 466

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CHAPEL ROAD (WATERSIDE), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug 1931, 686

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BISHOP ST WITHOUT, ST COLUMB'S COLLEGE
Date: 1932
Nature: Extension, comprising dormitory block, refectory & kitchen.
Refs: W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan & J.J. Tracey, City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 39

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, BUNCRANA ROAD (PENNYBURN), CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1932?
Nature: Supervised completion of church after death of architect, E.J. Toye in Nov 1932.
Refs: W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 31; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979) 386

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, WILLIAM STREET (OFF), FACTORY
Date: 1933
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of factory for Mr J. McKeown.
Refs: IB 75, 8 Apr 1933, 294

Building: CO. DONEGAL, FANAD, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1933
Nature: -
Refs: IB 75, 29 Jul 1933, 628(illus.)

Building: CO. DONEGAL, BUNCRANA, COCKHILL ROAD, CASTLE FIELD, HOUSES (030 AND OR 34)
Date: 1933
Nature: 3 & 4 room houses, for Buncrana UDC.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Mar,18 Nov 1933, 247,998

Building: CO. DONEGAL, BUNCRANA, ST MARY'S ROAD, HOUSES (030)
Date: 1933
Nature: To be erected, for Buncrana UDC.
Refs: IB 75, 14 Jan,22 Apr,6 May,18 Nov 1933, 30,321,388,998

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, ENVAGH LANGLANDS, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935-36
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 77, 29 Jun 1935; 78, 17 Oct 1936, 950