Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, of Dublin and Dalkey, active from the 1860s until the 1890s. Richard Walter Walsh, who was born on 6 December 1843, was the eldest son of Richard Walsh, of Balrath House, Navan, Co. Meath. He was educated in Carlow and served his engineering pupilage with JOHN COGAN JOHN COGAN , borough engineer of Drogheda, and PARKE NEVILLE PARKE NEVILLE , Dublin city engineer. In 1865 he was appointed assistant engineer for the Varty waterworks. He was afterwards connected with other public works in Dublin. From 1870 until 1873 he worked on the Dublin main drainage; he was about to become resident engineer on the scheme when it was halted. He then set up in private practice. From 1881 or earlier until 1896 or later he was surveyor to Dalkey Town Commissioners; he had been replaced by SHIRLEY RUSSELL GOING  SHIRLEY RUSSELL GOING by 1899.

In 1883 Walsh married Ismay (d. 1937), daughter of Finlay Chester, of Williamstown House, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, which she appears to have inherited from her father or brother in the late 1890s. Soon afterwards Walsh gave up his Dublin office and moved to Williamstown. He was a JP for Co. Louth by 1907. He died on 3 March 1937.

ICEI: elected member, 1875; no longer on list of members for 1898.

Address: Work: 10 South Frederick Street, <=1875->=1900.
Home: Alverno, Sorrento Road, Dalkey, <=1887->=1900; Williamstown House, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, 1900-1907.



All information in this entry is from Burke's Irish Family Records(1976), 1186, ICEI membership applications, II, 29, ICEI lists of members and Thom's directories.

3 work entries listed in chronological order for WALSH, RICHARD WALTER

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Date: 1885
Nature: RWW designs 12 cottages for employees of Dublin United Tramways Co.  Builder: Beckett Bros.,  S King St.
Refs: Irish Times, 22 Aug 1885.

Date: 1891
Nature: RWW submits plans for proposed new hall.
Refs: IB 33, 15 Apr 1891, 93

Date: 1894-95
Nature: Waterworks to be built at cost of £5,175. Contractor: J. White, Cork. (Also caretaker's house)
Refs: IB 36, 1 Dec 1894, 265; 37, 15 Jan,1 Feb 1895, ?,41; Architect 53, 4 Jan 1895, suppl. p.2