County engineer for Co. Wicklow, 1940-1964. Joseph O'Byrne was born in Co. Wicklow in 1899. He attended Mungret College and Clongowes Wood College before studying engineering at University College, Dublin, from 1918 to 1921, when he received the BE degree. After graduating he worked on improvements to the Wicklow town waterworks and on the preliminary planning of the Liffey reservoir scheme. He was appointed a temporary assistant county surveyor first for Co. Carlow and then, in August 1925, for Co. Wicklow . He remained in the latter position for thirteen years and also ran a private practice in Wicklow town. Following the retirement of STEPHEN GERALD GALLAGHER , the Wicklow county surveyor, in May 1938, he was appointed acting county surveyor. In July 1940 he was appointed to the permanent position . He retired on 13 March 1964 and died at the age of eighty-eight on 9 September 1987.
ICEI: elected associate member, 4 May 1925; transferred to member, 2 November 1931.
Addresses: Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Wicklow, 1925; Bridge Street, Wicklow, 1929; Main Street, Wicklow, 1930; Ardcairn, Wicklow, 1936.
All information in this entry not otherwise referenced for is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 270, and ICEI lists of members. Letter from P.T. Healy, secretary, Wicklow Co. Council, 4 Sep 1925, to O'Byrne (B.O'D.). TICEI 51(1924-25), 212. TICEI 58 (1931-32), 1. IB 71, 31 Aug 1929, 787. See note 1, above. IB 72, 21 Jun 1930, 564. IB 78, 17 Oct 1936, 950.