Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and engineer on the civil staff of the Royal Engineers, active from the 1880s until 1911 or later. Jerome O'Connell, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Co. Donegal in 1865 or 1866, entered the office of WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN  WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN as a pupil in 1881 and remained for ten years, serving as an assistant after he had completed his apprenticeship.  In 1891 he was appointed chief of the architectural civil staff of the Royal Engineers at the Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, remaining in the post until at least 1906.   He was evidently highly valued in the Curragh post.  In a confidential note appended to O'Connell's application for membership of the RIAI, RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER  RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER wrote that he had seen a copy of memorandum written by the former commanding officer of the Curragh Camp to the Secretary of State for War 'couched in the strongest possible terms of recommendation for a better acknowledgement of Mr O'Connell's "most valuable services"'.   In his 1911 census return, he describes himself as a civil engineer employed in the War Department.   At the time of the census he had been married for five years to his wife, Elizabeth, but had no children.

AAI:  elected member, 1901;  ceased membership after 1906..
RIAI:  elected member, May 1901, having been proposed by Walter Glynn Doolin, seconded by RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER , FREDERICK BATCHELOR  FREDERICK BATCHELOR and GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN. GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN. ;  ceased membership after 1906.

Address: 21 Sandycove Avenue West, Dun Laoghaire, 1911. 


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile) and membership lists of RIAI (1907 missing) and AAI.