Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin, active from 1908 or earlier until 1952 or later.   According to the Irish census of 1911, John O'Hare was born in Newry, Co. Down, in 1878 or 1879. He may be the person of the same name who was chosen in 1904 by Newry No. 1 Rural District Council to act as architect for its labourers' cottage scheme.(1) He was working from an office in Dublin by 1908.(2) In 1920 he was appointed architect for the labourers' housing scheme at Dunshaughlin, Co. Dublin.(3) Two works - four new shops and dwellings in Marrowbone Lane, 1924, and alterations to the Catholic Commercial Club, 1934 - are attributed by the Irish Builder to 'O'Hare & Dillon'.(4) . O'Hare's last work to be recorded in the Irish Builder dates from 1952.(5)

O'Hare married Henrietta Devereux, a widow with a son, circa 1905 and was the father of two daughters and a son.

RIAI: elected member, 1919;(6) ceased to be member, 1933.(7)

Addresses:(8) Work: Great Brunswick Street, 1908;(9) 6 Cavendish Row, <=1914(10)-1930; 68 South Great George's Street, 1931-1932; 35 Exchequer St, 1935-1952.
Home: Fingal, Fingal Avenue, Clontarf, <=1915-1927.

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References

All information not otherwise accounted for was supplied by O'Hare's granddaughter  Avril Hunter, in Jan 2012. 


(1) IB 46, 10 Sep 1904, 602; for other references to this scheme see IB 50, 31 Oct,28 Nov 1908, 671,737; 51, 23 Jan,2 Oct 1909, 50,638.
(2) IB 50, 27 Jun 1908, 406.
(3) IB 62, 28 Aug 1920, 564.
(4) IB 66, 5 Apr 1924, 293 (which gives their address as 6 Cavendish Row); IB 76, 14 Jul 1934, 602.
(4) O'Hare and Dillon are listed in Thom's Directory for 1937 but not in that for 1934.  According to Avril Hunter, Dillon was Christy Dillon, a native of Co. Kildare, who worked with O'Hare as a draughtsman and lived with the family.
(5) IB 94, 7 Jun 1952, 596.
(6) JRIAI (1920), 4.
(7) JRIAI (1934), 7.
(8) From Thom's directories and RIAI membership lists unless otherwise stated.
(9) See note 2, above.
(10) IB 56, 1 Aug 1914, 471.


25 work entries listed in chronological order for O'HARE, JOHN J.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CAVENDISH ROW, NO. 006
Date: 1908
Nature: Alts. & adds. to premises for John Gore, solicitor. Contractor: P. Shortall, York St. (JJ O'H had his office in this building from 1914 ore earlier)
Refs: IB 50, 27 Jun 1908, 406

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BRIDGE SREET?, BUILDING
Date: 1914
Nature: New building on site of licensed premises. Builder: Richard Gough, 90 Phibsborough Rd.
Refs: IB 56, 1 Aug 1914, 471

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY (NEAR), CONVENT
Date: 1915
Nature: Drawings prepared for new convent.
Refs: IB 57, 8 May 1915, 221

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ABBEY STREET UPPER, NO. 126
Date: 1915
Nature: Extensive alts. being carried out.
Refs: IB 57, 27 Mar 1915, 149

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PRINCE'S STREET NORTH, PRINCE'S STORES
Date: 1919
Nature: Rebuilding. Contractor: W.H. Clarke, Fairview.
Refs: IB 61, 8 Feb 1919, 64

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TOWNSEND STREET, NO. 002
Date: 1920
Nature: Proposed alterations to separate No. 2 from No. 1, for Mr Flynn. Not carried out.
Refs: Freeman's Journal, 16 Jul 1920.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ANGLESEA ROAD, NO. 045 & 47
Date: 1922
Nature: Structural improvements being carried out. Contractor: M.J. Greene, Donnybrook.
Refs: IB 64, 4 Nov 1922, 758

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MARLBOROUGH STREET, NO. 045
Date: 1923
Nature: New shop front. Contractor: P. Flynn & Son, Great Charles St.
Refs: IB 65, 2 Jun 1923, 426

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MARROWBONE LANE, SHOPS & HOUSES (004)
Date: 1924
Nature: New. By 'O'Hare & Dillon, 6 Cavendish Row'.
Refs: IB 66, 5 Apr 1924, 293

Building: CO. DUBLIN, RATHFARNHAM, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: Plans for rebuilding ordered from 'Mr O'Hare' by Dublin County Council.
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 318

Building: CO. DUBLIN, TALLAGHT, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: Plans for rebuilding ordered from 'Mr O'Hare' by Dublin County Council.
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 318

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERCHANT'S QUAY, ADAM & EVE'S CHURCH (RC, FRANCISCAN)
Date: 1926
Nature: Structural improvements, including new cut stone front entrance from Skipper's Alley with portico, vestibule and nave, new chancel and dome light on E side with priests' and boys' sacristies on S side. Casey suggests J.O'H may also have added apse, 1924-7..
Refs: IB 68, 2 Oct 1926, 753;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 344-345.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLONTARF ROAD, STRANDVILLE, CHURCH OF ST ANTHONY (RC)
Date: 1926
Nature: Conversion of old town hall into chapel of ease. New front extension and cut-stone porch. Contractor: McNally & Co. £7,000. (After new church was built behind it c. 1980 became church hall.)
Refs: IB 68, 2 Oct 1926, 753

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, JONES'S ROAD, CROKE PARK
Date: 1928-29;1932
Nature: Bally alley(s), lavatories and entrance, new stand. For Gaelic Athletic Association
Refs: IB 70, 14 Apr,21 Jul 1928, 332,634; 71, 19 Jan 1929, 66; 74, 12 Mar,4 Jun 1932, 254,524

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARDWICKE STREET, NO. 002
Date: 1930
Nature: Construction of new shop.
Refs: IB 72, 1 Mar 1930, 203

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DONNYCARNEY, PARNELL PARK
Date: 1931
Nature: Imps. to ground and pavilion.
Refs: IB 73, 5 Dec 1931, 1064

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALLYBODEN, HOUSE
Date: 1934
Nature: New bungalow. Contractor: J. O'Connell, Kimmage.
Refs: IB 76, 22 Sep 1934, 818

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET UPPER, NO. 042 (CATHOLIC COMMERCIAL CLUB)
Date: 1934
Nature: Structural alts. to concert hall, by 'O'Hare & Dillon'.
Refs: IB 76, 14 Jul 1934, 602

Building: CO. DUBLIN, SWORDS, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: Addition.
Refs: IB 77, 23 Feb 1935, 160

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD SOUTH, NO. 176 & 178
Date: 1949
Nature: 7 lock-up garages at rere, for M. Cowan.
Refs: IB 91, 26 Nov 1949, 1118

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DORSET STREET LOWER, NO. 102
Date: 1949
Nature: New factory for J. Bradley.
Refs: IB 91, 5 Feb 1949, 126

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DORSET STREET LOWER, NO. 102 (RERE)
Date: 1949
Nature: Plastics factory, for A. Del Rio.
Refs: IB 92, 13 May 1950, 498

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TYRCONNELL ROAD (INCHICORE), TYRCONNELL HOUSE
Date: 1949
Nature: Alts., for Miss E. Guinan.
Refs: IB 91, 11 Jun 1949, 548

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EXCHEQUER STREET, NO. 018
Date: 1951
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 93, 8 Dec 1951, 1284

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RATHMINES ROAD LOWER, NO. 161 (RERE)
Date: 1952
Nature: Extension, for McMullen Bros, auctioneers..
Refs: IB 94, 7 Jun 1952, 596