Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder, of Cork, active from the 1830s until the 1860s. William Needham Brash, whose father was also a builder, was born circa 1811. He became, according to his obituary in The Builder, 'one of the most eminent builders in the south of Ireland'. He was, the obituary continues, 'greatly esteemed for the honesty and unflinching integrity of his character…a man of great practical knowledge and skill in every department of a business now too often intruded upon by men ignorant of its commonest details'. Works for which he was the contractor included the Cork Athenaeum, and the National Banks at Cork and Clonmel. He retired from business, 'having realised a comfortable independence', shortly before his death at the age of fifty-four on New Year's Day, 1865. He had married Mary Anne Hassett at Templemichael, Co. Waterford, on 24 January 1844.(1) He was the elder brother of RICHARD ROLT BRASH RICHARD ROLT BRASH , who was in business with him as a builder before becoming an architect..

Addresses: 22 Marlborough Street, Cork, 1846;(2) Deane Street, 1853.(3) 12 Dunbar Street, and 43 Sunday's Well Road (Lee View Terrace), 1863.(4)


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the obituary of Brash in B 23, 14 Jan 1865, 35; a similar obituary is in DB 7, 15 Jan 1865, ?.

(1) www.familysearch.org. This source gives his date of birth as circa 1818.
(2) Slater's National Commercial Directory (1846).
(3) Cork Constitution, 16 Jun 1853 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Nov 3011).
(4) Laing's Cork Mercantile Directory (1863).

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Date: 1846
Nature: Internal refurbishment and refitting. Contractors: William and Richard Brash.
Refs: Cork Constitution, 21 May 1846 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Aug 2011).