O'REILLY, HENRY J.
- Born: 1884 Died: -
County surveyor for Co. Cavan,1914 -1929. Henry O'Reilly, who was born on 15 May 1884, attended Kevin Street Technical School in Dublin and was awarded the diploma of the Royal College of Science in 1907. He subsequently obtained the BE degree of the National University of Ireland.(1) From 1910 to 1911 he was an assistant county surveyor in Co. Wexford and then joined the staff of the Congested Districts Board as an assistant engineering inspector. He was appointed county surveyor for Co. Cavan in February 1914 after achieving first place in the qualifying examination. Despite this promising indication, he proved to be incapable of bringing about any improvement in the state of the Cavan roads, and, after a series of critical reports, the Minister of Local Government demanded his replacement in May 1929. O'Reilly reluctantly resigned on a pension, ostensibly because of poor health, at the age of forty-five. He was succeeded by DENIS COFFEY in August 1930.(2) His pupils and assistants included THOMAS STANISLAUS DUGGAN.
All information in this entry not otherwise fererenced is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 273-4.
(1) Thom's Directory (1918), 1121.
(2) According to the obituary of Coffey in IB 97, 30 Jul 1955, 791, he succeeded O'Reilly in 1929.
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|Building:||CO. CAVAN, CAVAN, TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITAL (OLD)|
|Nature:||Extensive adds. 'County Council' named as architect in |Builder|'s list of contracts open to tender.. Would the architect have therefore been the County Surveyor, H.O'R?|
|Refs:||B 114, 31 May 1918, 340|