Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Sculptor.  Malachy Daly was the younger of the two sons of Malachy Daly (d.1865), senior representative of the Dalys of Benmore, Co. Galway.(1)  Malachy Daly the elder was a banker who lived in Paris and subsequently in Rome and died in Italy in 1865 at the age of 79.(2)   His younger son studied sculpture in Rome and submitted a neoclassical design in the competition for Dublin's O'Connell monument from Rome in 1864.(3).   He died near Rome, shortly after his father, in December 1865. According to a notice of his death in the South Australian Register of 19 December 1865, 'the deceased young gentleman was but 19 or 20 years of age, was an enthusiastic student of the art of sculpture, and had already given much promise of future distinction, having competed with credit for the design of the O'Connell Monument'.   According to the same source, his death was 'believed to be greatly attributable to illness caused by excessive grief upon the sudden death of the parent, a low fever having finally set in, which baffled the skill of the physicians'.


Information in this entry about the Dalys of Benmore and the notice of Malachy Daly the younger's death from the South Australian Register ( http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/41032627 ) were kindly supplied by Donal G. Burke, Co. Galway, Sep 2017.

(1) Sir Dominick Daly, the younger brother of Malachy Davy the elder, was Governor of South Australia, 1861-1868;  hence the interest taken by the South Australian Gazette in the Dalys of Rome.
(2) He is the subject of a plaster bust of an elderly man by 'M. Daly, Rome' which was shown at the Dublin in International Exhibition of 1865 (No. 205);  this is probably the same bust as the one which was for sale at auction by Fonsie Mealy, 16 Nov 2016, Lot 295. although the date in the sale catalogue is given as 1855.
(3) Design for sale at auction by Fonsie Mealy, 13 Dec 2016, Lot 385 (repr. in auction catalogue).

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Date: 1864
Nature: Competition entrant, with design based on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.
Refs: Design for sale at auction by Fonsie Mealy, 13 Dec 1016, Lot 385.  (repr. in auction catalogue).