- Born: 1864 Died: 1910
County surveyor for Co. Offaly (King's County), 1900-1909. James Delany, second son of James Delany, of Skehana House, Co. Laois, and his wife Joanna, was born at Skehana on 6 April 1864. After attending school at Clongowes Wood, he obtained the BE degree of the Royal University of Ireland in 1888 and then served a year's pupilage with GUSTAVUS NEWNHAM HAMILTON KELLY , chief engineer of the Midland Great Western Railway. In 1890 he was engaged on parliamentary work for the Galway & Clifden Railway. From November 1890 until March 1892 he was an assistant to ARTHUR CHARLES ADAIR , county surveyor for Co. Derry. He then went to England, where he worked for about ten months as an assistant to the surveyor for Warrington Union, William Owen. Returning to Ireland, he was resident engineer for the Carlow waterworks from December 1894 until March 1896, after which he became an assistant surveyor to EDWARD GLOVER , the county surveyor for Co. Kildare, who was based in Athy. In October 1900, following the death RICHARD BARNSLEY SANDERS in February, he was appointed county surveyor for Co. Offaly, based in Tullamore. He died suddenly of a heart attack while he was on holiday in Harrogate on 28 June 1909 and was buried at Arles, Co. Laois, on 2 July.(4) He was succeeded by IGNATIUS J. O'SULLIVAN.
ICEI: elected associate, 22 January 1896;(5) transferred to associate member, 6 December 1899.(6)
Addresses: Ballylinan, Co. Laois, 1896; The Abbey, Athy, Co. Kildare, 1899.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 147, and from ICEI membership applications, III, 43; Brendan O'Donoghue also supplied additional information from the internet which became available after the completion of his book.
(1) TICEI 25 (1895-96), membership list.
(2) Midland Tribune, 3 Jul 1909 (B.O'D.).
(3) Midland Tribune, 14 Aug 1909 (B.O'D.).
(4) King's County Chronicle, 1 Jul 1909 (B.O'D.).
(5) TICEI 25 (1895-96), 8.
(6) TICEI 28 (1898-99), ?.