Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and timber merchant, of Ennis, Co. Clare. William Carroll was born in Ennis in 1817. He married Catherine Ryan, from Co. Tipperary, by whom he had seven children including EDWARD CARROLL EDWARD CARROLL , the eldest son, and WILLIAM REGINALD CARROLL WILLIAM REGINALD CARROLL . William Carroll lived at first in Ennis itself but in 1849, following an outbreak of cholera in the town, moved his family to a farm at Ballybeg, where in about 1870, he built a two-storey house, Abbeyview, designed by his son William.(1) Carroll owned considerable property in Ennis, including a timber yard, and quarried limestone on his lands at Ballybeg. He died on 20 June 1889, aged seventy-two, and was buried in the family vault which he had built at Drumcliff cemetery. His wife died on 1 January 1891.


All information in this entry is from Eric Shaw, 'William Carroll, Building contractor and timber merchant, Ennis, Co. Clare, 1817-1889', typescript memoir by the great-grandson of William Carroll[1] in IAA. The memoir contains a list of the major works built by Carroll.

(1) However a house offered for sale in the Clare Freeman, 25 Sep 1858 is described as 'occupied by Mr William Carroll, builder'.

1 work entries listed in chronological order for CARROLL, WILLIAM [1]*

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Date: 1859-1863
Nature: Doric column 67 ft high erected by WC. FS laid Mar 1859. Last stone raised Feb 1863.
Refs: DB 1, 1 Apr 1859, 43; 5, 15 Feb 1863, 34; William Garner, Ennis: Architectural Heritage (An Foras Forbatha, 1981), 21,31(illus.)