Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and measurer, of Dublin.   Jacob Cavanagh was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 23 December 1784 and was awarded one of two second class premiums on 3 April 1788.(1)  According to a report on the Dublin brick- and stone-layers of Dublin compiled by his fellow tradesmen in March 1834, Cavanagh had had an 'extensive'  business circa 1800 and had become a measurer when it failed;  he had died  '20 years ago'.(2)


(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).
(2) Royal Irish Academy, Haliday MS 4B 31;  this manuscript is a copy of a report presented to Daniel O'Connell in 1834 to support the argument for repealing the Act of Union by describing the catastrophic impact the Act had had on the tradesmen of Dublin.