Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County suveyor for Co. Carlow, 1911-1942. John Philip Punch, second son of John Philip Punch of Fermoy, Co. Cork, by his second wife, Ellen O'Sullivan,(1) was born on 4 December 1880. He attended St Colman's College, Fermoy, and Clongowes Wood College (1896-98) and then spent two years at University College, Dublin, and a further three years at Queen's College, Cork, obtaining the BE degree of the Royal University of Ireland in 1903. From 1904 to 1905 he served a one-year pupilage under JOHN HENRY RYAN JOHN HENRY RYAN , followed by a further year in private practice in Fermoy.(2) In 1906 he joined the staff of Dublin Corporation as an assistant engineer but was back in Fermoy by February 1908. After applying without success for the Co. Offaly county surveyorship in August 1909,(3)  he was appointed county surveyor for Co. Carlow in August 1911 in succession to EDWARD TANKERVILLE QUILTON EDWARD TANKERVILLE QUILTON . He remained in the post until his retirement on 31 December 1942, when he returned to Fermoy. He died on in Fermoy on 14 February 1967.

ICEI: elected member , 6 December 1926.(4)
Inst.CE: elected associate member, 5 February 1907.

Addresses: Work: Engineer's Office, City Hall, Dublin, 1907; County Surveyor's Office, Carlow, 1911-1942.
Home: Ballyhindon, Fermoy, Co. Cork, 1908, 1943-1958; 18 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, Dublin, 1911;(5)  Rathclare, Fermoy, Co. Cork, 1959.



All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the records of Inst.CE (kindly supplied by the Archivist, Mrs Carol Morgan), from ICEI membership lists and from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 281, which gives the fullest account of his career.

(1) Burke's Irish Family Records(1976), 972.
(2) IB 47, 16 Dec 1905, 894; 48, 10 Feb 1906, 98.
(3) Midland Tribune, 38 Aug 1909 (B.O'D.).
(4) TICEI 53 (1926-27), 32.
(5) 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009).

2 work entries listed in chronological order for PUNCH, JOHN PHILIP

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Date: 1905
Nature: Cost: £800.
Refs: IB 47, 16 Dec 1905, 894

Date: 1906
Nature: Contractor: Denis Creedon (£649).
Refs: IB 48, 10 Feb 1906, 98.