Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Building contractor, of Dublin.   According to his 1901 census return, James Donovan was born in Dublin in 1844 or 1845.   He was active as a builder in Dublin from the 1860s until his death on 7 July 1907.  His obituary in the Irish Builder describes him as a man 'of very stong and tenacious character' with 'an experience of the building trade probably unequalled in Dublin'. He was married to Annie, a native of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and had at least three children. Towards the end of his life he took the eldest, Edward J. Donovan, into partnership.

Addresses:(1) 30 Carysfort Road, Dalkey, 1883(?); 58 Harcourt Street, <=1887->=1900; 29 Hatch Street Lower, 1907.
Home: Leinster Lodge, Rathmines, <=1896 until death.


All information in this entry is from Donovan's 1901 census return, from the obituary in IB 49, 13 Jul 1907, 487, and from Thoms's and Post Office directories.