Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer of the Dublin pipe water works, 1806-1832. Andrew Coffey, who was a pupil and assistant of the Scottish-born scientist James Dinwiddie in the 1780s, became an assistant to JAMES JOHNSTON JAMES JOHNSTON , engineer of the Dublin pipe water works.  On 8 April 1805, following Johnston's death, he was appointed acting engineer(1) and a year later he was elected Johnston's successor at a salary of £250 per annum.(2) As such he was responsible for the installation of cast-iron water pipes for the city. In 1810 his salary was increased to £400 per annum(3) but in 1828 it was reduced to £250.(4) In the latter year he was temporarily suspended for alleged misconduct in the purchasing of pipes but reinstated after he had successfully answered the charges against him.(5)   He continued in the post until at least July 1832, when he was joined by JOHN SEMPLE JOHN SEMPLE , the younger, who succeeded him after his death, which occurred within the following twelve months.(6)   His pupils and assistants included ROBERT TANDY.& ROBERT TANDY.& #160;  He was married to - Ryan and was the father of the inventor Aeneas Coffey (1780ca-1852).

Addresses:(7) 3 Pembroke Quay, 1794-1808 (as 'water-works engineer'); 3 Pembroke Quay', 1809-1820 (as'city engineer'); 7 Pembroke Quay, 1821-1827;4 Pembroke Quay, 1828-1831 (as 'pipe water engineer'); 7 Pembroke Street, 1832.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the entry on Aeneas Coffey by Linde Lunney in Dictionary of Irish Biography, ed. by James McGuire and James Quinn, 9 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), II, 622-3.

(1) CARD XV, 398.
(2) CARD XV, 460-462.
(3) IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44, citing ?letter from Rolf Loeber, 9 Nov 1973; see CARD XVI, 218,271.
(5) CARD XVIII, 275.
(5) CARD XVIII, 295-304,551.
(6) CARD XIX, 65,113.  His will was proved in 1833;  Jane Coffey of Pembroke Quay was his administrator. (Eneclann Index of Irish Wills CD,NA referemnce OAR/1833/F/5, Document ID 13202.
(7) From Wilson's Dublin Directory.