County surveyor for Co. Clare, 1923-1944. Frank Dowling, a son of Richard Dowling, of Ballynacally, Co. Clare, an assistant county surveyor for the county, and a brother of RICHARD DOWLING , studied engineering at University College, Galway. After designing labourers' housing for the rural district councils of Ennis and Ennistymon in Co. Clare, he was appointed borough surveyor for Ennis in 1917, and county surveyor in October 1923 in succession to PETER LE FANU KNOWLES DOBBIN. A hard-working and energetic man, he continued in his post despite poor health until he succumbed to the illness which caused his death at home in Ennis on 12 February 1944. He was survived by a wife and at least two daughters. He was buried in Drumcliff cemetery, Ennis.
Address: 1 Bindon St, Ennis, 1923; Craiglea, Ennis, at time of death.
All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 156, which gives the fullest account of Dowling's career, and from the obituaries of Dowling in the Clare Champion, 12 Feb 1944 (B.O'D.) and IB 86, 26 Feb 1944, 90.
Clare County Archives, Clare County Council minutes, CC/MIN/7; IB 65, 17 Nov 1923, 874; the post was advertised in IB 64, 2 Dec 1922, 837.
IB 65, 28 Jul 1923, 589