Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for the South Riding of Co. Tipperary, 1922-1950. Thomas P. Meade studied engineering at University College, Dublin, obtaining the B.Sc and B.E. degrees in 1912.(1) He sat the county surveyorship examination, reputedly gaining the highest marks in the whole country. During the war of independence, he joined the IRA as an engineer attached to the Fourth Battalion of the Dublin Brigade. He was arrested in the Dublin Mountains in September 1920, court martialled and sentenced to two years imprisonment for unlawful assembly. He passed his sentence in Mountjoy, Belfast and Cardiff prisons. He was still in Cardiff when he was appointed county surveyor for the South Riding of Co. Tipperary in the March 1921. On his release in January 1922,(2) he took over his duties from the acting county surveyor, THOMAS PATRICK DUGGAN THOMAS PATRICK DUGGAN . He remained in the post until his death on Christmas Eve, 1950. He was buried with full military honours in St Patrick's cemetery, Clonmel.

Address: Ard Gaoithe, Ardgehha Hill, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.(3)


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Brendan Long, Tipperary S.R. County Council 1899-1999 (1999), 49-52, which includes a portrait photograph of Meade (courtesy of Brendan O'Donoghue).

(1) University College Dublin Register of Graduates (1946), 139.  He can probably be identified as Thomas Patrick Meade, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Dublin City in 1890 or 1891 and who, at the time of the census, was a student, living as a boarder  at 8 Sherrard Street.
(2) Clonmel Chronicle, 11 Jan 1922 (B.O'D.).
(3) See note 1, above.