Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Robert Henry Ryan was born in Carlow on 14 April 1845. He trained as an engineer under his eldest brother, John Ryan, in the family contracting business of John Ryan & Son of Limerick and Waterford, and continued to work for a time in the family firm. He held the post of Waterford City Engineer from circa 1870 until 1881,(1) during which period he acted as resident engineer for T. & C. Hawksley on the construction of the Waterford waterworks. He then went to Australia to work under Edward Orpen Moriarty on the Prospect scheme for the Sydney water supply and remained there for twelve years. On his return from Sydney, he joined the staff of T. & C. Hawksley; his last engagement was on the construction of the Waskerley waterworks in Co. Durham. He died at Dun Laoghaire in December 1909.(2)

Inst.CE: elected member, 1887.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituaries of Ryan in IB 52, 8 Jan 1910, 11, and Min.Proc.Inst.CE 180 (1909-10, Pt. II), 344.

(1) Although this is stated to be the case in both obituaries and in IB 16, 1 Nov 1874, 305, in the directories Charles Tarrant, the County Surveyor, is also named as the city surveyor until his death in 1877.
(2) The date of his death is given as 6 December in Min.Proc.Inst.CE and as Christmas Day in IB.

1 work entries listed in chronological order for RYAN, ROBERT HENRY

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Date: 1874-76
Nature: Conversion of Assembly Rooms, with W.G. Doolin.
Refs: IB 16, 1 Nov 1874, 305; 17, 15 Feb 1875, 57; Gearoid Crookes, 'The Career and Architectural Works of Walter G. Doolin (1850-1902)', unpublished M.A. thesis, University College Dublin, 1987, 23-25, Fig. 2:2,2:3