Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architectural draughtsman.  Cecil MacDowell ws born in Co. Carlow circa 1881, the elder son of Robert Ephraim MacDowell, apothecary, of Carlow and Dublin, and his then wife, Mary Elizabeth.  Details of his training in draughtsmanship and his early career are lacking.   In 1916 he joined the Rising and was subsequently imprisoned in Richmond Barracks and Frongoch internment camp in Wales..  Early in 1917 he was appointed a temporary draughtsman to the Dublin City North Side Housing Survey, a post which was made permanent in  December 1925.

MacDowell, who came of a Church of Ireland family, was also a musician and wrote the first arrangement of the Irish national anthem. He  was organist and choirmaster at St John's Church of Ireland church, Sandymount, but during the Rising he was baptised a Roman Catholic.  At some point he changed his name to Cathal Macdubhghaill.  In 1921 he married the poet Maeve Kavanagh of the Irish Citizen Army.   He died in Nice in 1926 


All information in this entry is from the 1901 census of Ireland, Dublin City Minutes and Reports (kindly provided b David Flood, Sep 2016), Irish Genealogy, http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords (last visited Sep 2016) and from Patrick Comerford, http://www.patrickcomerford.com/2016/07/the-doctor-countess-and-organist-1916.html (last visited, Sep 2016).