Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, of 82 Church Street, Dublin, listed as such in Wilson's Dublin Directory for the years 1816 to 1824; McDonnell is described as a carpenter and builder in 1816 and as a timber merchant and builder thereafter. He may be the Matthew McDonall, whose signed but undated early nineteenth-century survey plan of Malahide Castle is in the IAA, Murray Collection, Acc. 92/46, no. 937 (and probably also no. 938).   According to his fellow tradesmen, writing in 1834, who give his address as 'Linen Hall' , he had at one stage employed four men but had then failed.(1)


(1) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.