Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer.  Iris Ashley Cummins, third daughter of William Edward Asley Cummins, professor of medicine at University College, Cork, and his wife Jane (née Hall), was born in Glanmire, Co. Cork, on 6 June 1894. She entered University College, Cork, in 1912 to study engineering.  During her university career she distinguished herself as a hockey player and was later to captain the Irish hockey team in a tour of the USA in 1925.  During the First World War she worked in England, first at the Woolwich arsenal and then in the Vickers factory at Erith, Kent.  Returning to Ireland after the war, she was unemployed for some years before setting up in private practice in Cork in 1924.   In 1927 she joined the staff of the Land Commission in Dublin and became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland, the first woman to be admitted to that body.  She retired in 1954 and died in Dublin, unmarried, on 30 April 1968.


All information in this entry is from the biography in Engineer's Journal, Sep/Oct 1985, 57, and the entry by Lindsey Earner-Byrne in DIB.