- Born: - Died: 1862
County surveyor for the East Riding of Co. Limerick, 1837-1862. Thomas Kearney was possibly the Thomas Kearney, son of Hickman Kearney, of Dublin, who entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1825 at the age of twenty and obtained the BA degree in 1830.(1) He was appointed to the county surveyorship in June 1837 after the death of WILLIAM HORNE. A lthough he handed in his resignation in the autumn of 1846 in consequence of a threat to his life,(2) he appears to have remained in the post until his own death on 3 June 1862,(3) when he was succeeded by THOMAS FOSBERY . He was also surveyor for the city of Limerick in 1852-3. His pupils and assistants included SAMUEL USSHER ROBERTS and HORACE UNIACKE TOWNSEND.
ICEI: member by 1849.(4)
Address: Work: 106 George's St, Limerick.
Home: Sunville, Pallasgreen, at time of death.(5)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Brendan O'Donoghue and from Jones's transcripts from Thom's directories.
(1) G.D. Burtchaell & T.U. Sadleir, eds., Alumni Dublinenses (1935), II, 454.
(2) 'Mr. Kearney, county surveyor, has resigned the office he held as surveyor of works under the Board of Public Works, in consequence of an attempt on his life at Hospital. It was supposed that Mr. Kearney had imposed task work, whereas such is the order of the Board of Works, and is general throughout the country' (Item from Limerick Chronicle, quoted in Cork Examiner, 2 Oct 1846).
(3) Limerick Reporter & Tipperary Vindicator, 6 Jun 1862 (B.O'D.).
(4) TICEI 3 (1847-1849), list of members.
(5) See note 3, above.