Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Irish-born architect, of Toronto, Canada. Joseph Connolly was born in Limerick in 1840 and received his architectural training in the office of JAMES JOSEPH MCCARTHY JAMES JOSEPH MCCARTHY . He was McCarthy's chief assistant for a time,(1) during or after which he is said to have made a study tour on the Continent. In about 1871 he set up in practice on his own in Dublin,(2) where he remained until 1873, when he emigrated to Toronto. He practised in Toronto until his death on 13 December 1904 and was responsible either wholly or in part for more than thirty Roman Catholic churches and chapels in Ontario and for the cathedral in Sault-Sainte-Marie, Michigan. For details of his career and of his works in Canada, see Malcolm Thurlby, 'The Irish-Canadian Pugin: Joseph Connolly' in Irish Arts Review, Spring 1986, 16-21.

RIAI: elected student, 17 Mar 1864;(3) associate by 1867.(4)

Addresses: 183 Great Brunswick Street, 1867,1870;(5) 20 Leeson Park Avenue, 1872;(6) 20 Leeson Park Avenue and 118 Grafton Street, 1873.(7)


(1) McCarthy's office at 183 Gt Brunswick Street is given as his address in the RIAI's lists of members for the session 1867-8 (as cited by Jones) and 1870-1871.
(2) His obituary in IB 47, 11 Feb 1905, 85, states that he practised in Limerick after his return from the Continent, but see note 1, above.
(3) RIAI council meeting minutes, 4 Mar 1864, 11; general meeting minutes, 17 Mar 1864, 139 (?or 140).
(4) RIAI membership list for session 1867-8 (as cited by Jones).
(5) See note 1, above.
(6) Thom's Directory, 1872.
(7) Thom's Directory, 1873.