Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and architect, of Ballinaglea, Ballyglass, Co. Mayo. An undated newspaper cutting in the Irish Architectural Archive, apparently dating from 1906,(1) reports the funeral on Monday, 22 January of Austin O'Malley at the age of ninety-two. 'The lineal descendant of the indomitable sea Queen, Grace O'Malley, from whose territory on the western seaboard almost two centuries ago his family, through their anti-British feelings, were obliged to flee, they settled here, where, with unremitting industry and attention to their profession, they founded a habitation and a name worthy of the noble sept whose successors they were. From sea to Shannon, and from historic Killala,(where deceased's father in '98 fought and bled for the freeing of his country) to the city of the Tribes, are numerous monuments - churches, monasteries, schools, and parochial residences, several of his own design, which bear ample testimony to his superior skill and workmanship, and that he was justly styled, at least in Mayo, "the father of the profession" was no misnomer.' O'Malley, who 'enjoyed…the best of health' until the last fortnight of his life, was married and had a son Patrick and other children, some 'in far off lands'. He was buried in the family vault at Burriscarra Abbey.


(1) The cutting was presented to the IAA by Maurice Craig, 12 Sep 1993. According to Craig, to whom it was given by O'Malley's daughter or daughter-in-law, who was living at Moore Hall, Co. Mayo, it came 'from a local paper in about 1906 or so'. January 22 fell on a Monday in 1900, 1906 and 1917, so 1906 is probably the correct date.