Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Dublin. Henry Nicholls, son of William Nicholls, a national schools inspector, of Church Avenue, Rathmines,(1) was born in Derry on 28 December 1889 and graduated BAI from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1913.(2) By 1921 he had entered the engineers' department of Dublin Corporation, where he remained for the rest of his career. From 1926 he was involved as resident engineer in the construction of a tunnel to take electric and water mains under the Liffey between Ringsend and the North Wall.(3) He had been placed in charge of the city's sewers and main drainage by 1933. He retired in 1954 or 1955 and disappears from the directories in the mid 1970s.

ICEI: student, 1912;(4) elected associate member, 7 February 1921;(5) raised to member, 1923; awarded Mullins Silver Medal, 1930, for paper, 'Construction of a tunnel under the River Liffey', delivered 6 May 1929;(6) council member, 1933-38; vice-president, 1952-53; president, 1953-54; council member (as past president), 1954-61.

Addresses: Home: 1 Church Avenue, Rathmines, 1912;(7) 94 St Stephen's Green, <=1942->=1956; 71 Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, 1958; 42 Grafton Street, <=1960->=1973.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Thom's directories and from lists of officers and members of the ICEI. A photograph of Nicholls forms the frontispiece of TICEI 80 (1953-54).

(1) 1911 census http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000137348/ (last visited 6 Feb 2009).
(2) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(3) See note 6, below.
(4) ICEI Membership Applications, Vol. IV, no. 135 (NLI Microfilm pos. 9386).
(5) TICEI 47 (1920-21), 40.
(6) TICEI 55 (1928-29), 186-220; 57 (1930-31), 1,291.
(7) See note 6, above.

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Date: 1920s
Nature: Tunnel between Ringsend and North Wall to take electric and water mains. Designed by Michael A. Moynihan and constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons (Ireland). Resident engineer: Henry Nicholls.
Refs: H. Nicholls, 'The Construction of a tunnel under the River Liffey', TICEI 55 (1928-29), 186-220; R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 49-50

Author Title Date Details
Nicholls, Henry 'The Construction of a Tunnel under the River Liffey' 1929 TICEI 55 (1928-29), 186-220; reprinted as 8vo pamplet, 1930.
Nicholls, Henry [President's address to ICEI] 1954 TICEI 80 (1953-54), 1-9. (Address delivered , 2 Nov 1953.)