Architect, of Dublin. Eoghan Buckley was born in Rathmines, Dublin, on 25 May 1907 and attended school at the Dominican Convent and the Catholic University School. He received his architectural training at University College, Dublin, under RUDOLPH MAXIMILIAN BUTLER , graduating in 1930. From 1933 to 1934 he was briefly in partnership with JOHN JOSEPH WINTERS , practising as Winters & Buckley. In 1935 he formed a new partnership with JOHN JOSEPH O'GORMAN , practising from 21 Merrion Square, Dublin, as BUCKLEY & O'GORMAN . Like O'Gorman, he was an enthusiast for modern architecture and visited Germany in 1937, where he was particularly impressed by the churches of Rudolf Schwartz. In 1953, when the building industry was hard hit by recesssion, O'Gorman emigrated to Canada. Buckley managed to survive the downturn and eventually formed a new partnership with Thomas J. Ryan. He retired in 1981.
Buckley died in 1995 and is buried in the churchyard of Kilcroney C of I church at Bray, Co. Wicklow. He married Freda Lochner, daughter of C. Lochner, a German-born pork butcher in Main Street, Bray, in 1942 and had three daughters. He was a noted tennis and rugby player and was also a keen bridge player and amateur photographer.
AAI: elected member, 1926; vice-president, 1936;
RIAI: member, 1932; hon. secretary, 1938->=1940; fellow, 1949.
Addresses: Work: 27 Molesworth Street, 1932-1934; 11 Leinster Street, Dublin, 1934-1935; 21 Merrion Square, 1935-1981.
Home: 36 York Road, Upper Rathmines, <=1927->=1941; Grenburg, 2 Sidmonton Park, Bray, 1942 until death.
See WORKS and BIBLIOGRAPHY ; see also BUCKLEY & O'GORMAN.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the long and informative article on Buckley in Bray People, 8 Jul 1988, based on an interview with Jim Brophy and illustrated with a photograph of Buckley, and from the obituary by Sean Rothery in RIAI Year Book (1996), 29. See also Rothery's Ireland and the New Architecture (1991), 121,130,204,210,212 and Pl. 94, which shows Buckley and other members of the AAI with Gropius in Dublin in 1936.
The directories indicate that his father was John J. Buckley, of 36 York Road, Upper Rathmines; his uncle was Donal O'Buachalla, Governor General of the Irish Free State from 1932-1937.
University College Dublin Register of Graduates *1946), 13.
Lists of officers and members in AAI Green Books.
RIAI lists of officers and members.
See notes 3 & 4.