Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and CE, of Dublin and Cork.  Richard Irwin was the elder son of John Iriwin of Raheen, Co. Roscommon, High Sheriff of Co. Sligo in 1852, and his wife Margaret (née Harken).  Nothing is known about his training as an architect.  In 1869 he married Marie White in Dublin and is presumably the Richard J. Irwin who is listed as an architect and CE, of 29 Westland Row, Dublin, in the classified section of Thom's directories for 1869 to 1873 and also as an engineer at 1 Elgin Road in the editions for 1873 to 1875. He appears in the Post Office Directory from 1875 until 1878 or later with an address at 21 Idrone Terrace, Blackrock. He then seems to have moved to Cork.   According to an item about his son in the Irish Times of 23 May 1929, he  'practised for many years as an architect in Cork before taking up residence in England'.  However there is no evidence that he remained in Cork for very long.  He first appears in Guy's (Cork) City and County Almanac and Directory in 1884 but is no longer listed by1891, by which time he had presumably moved to England. He died in King's Norton, Worcestershire, on 6 August 1927.

Address:  29 Westland Row, Dublin, 1869-1873;  1 Elgin Road, 1873-1875;  21 Idrone Terrace, Blackrock, 1875->=1878;  Charlemont Terrace, Cork, 1884.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Burke’s Irish Family Records (1976), 626-7, and Familysearch, www.familysearch.org (last visited Mar 2020).