MORRIS, PATRICK RICHARD A.
- Born: 1880 Died: 1909
County surveyor of Queen's County (Co. Laois), 1908-1909. Patrick Richard Morris, the son of Samuel Morris, MP, of Newrath, Waterford, was born on 7 January 1880. He attended University College Dublin between 1898 and 1901 and then studied engineering at Queen's College, Cork, obtaining the BE degree of the Royal University in 1904. After working in the office of JOHN HENRY RYAN for a year, engaged on sewerage schemes in Co. Wicklow, in 1905 he was appointed a clerk of works for the Congested Districts Board. In November 1908, having passed the county surveyorship examination, he was appointed to Queen's County in succession to HENRY VINCENT WHITE. (1) He started work on 1 January 1909 but died very soon afterwards after a short illness in a Dublin hospital on Ash Wednesday, 24 February 1909, at the early age of twenty-eight. He was succeeded by THOMAS WALSH.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Morris's application for membership of ICEI in ICEI membership applications, Vol. IV, no. 49 (NLI Microfilm pos. 9386), from the short obituary in IB 51, 6 Mar 1909, 129, and from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 255. A notice of his death appeared in the Irish Times, 24 Feb 1909 (information from Brendan O'Donoghue, 2015).
(1) IB 50, 28 Nov 1908, 721.