Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

City engineer and borough surveyor of Dublin. Michael Buckley brother of Donal O Buchalla, the last Governor General of Ireland, was born in Maynooth in about 1870.(1) He studied engineering at the College of Science, receiving the diploma in 1892. After two years spent making surveys of estates for the purposes of the Land Commission and a brief spell working for the Commissioners of Irish Lights, he entered the service of Dublin Corporation in 1894(2) as an assistant to the borough surveyor and waterworks engineer, SPENCER HARTY SPENCER HARTY . He was appointed township engineer and surveyor to Drumcondra in 1897. When Drumcondra was incorporated into the extended Dublin area in 1900, he became engineer to the City Council Improvement Committee and in 1906 was put in charge of the city main drainage scheme. He was appointed borough surveyor and engineer to the waterworks in April 1913 on the death of JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN. JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN. (3) He held the post of city engineer and borough surveyor (as it was subsequently named) until 1925, when he retired with an allowance of £805 15s. 10d. per annum, to be succeeded by MICHAEL A. MOYNIHAN MICHAEL A. MOYNIHAN . He was a member of the National Housing Board from 1932 to 1934. He died in May 1951.

ICEI: elected member 6 March 1895;(4) awarded Mullins Silver Medal for his paper on steam road rolling, 5 March 1902;(5) council 1917-1924, 1930-1951; vice-president 1924-1928; president 1929-1930.(6)
Association of Municipal & County Engineers: elected 8 July 1897; re-elected 22 March 1902.(7)
Institute of Civil Engineers: elected associate member 12 January 1897.(8)

Addresses:(9) 26 Bessborough Terrace, North Circular Rd, Dublin, <=1904 until 1908;(10) Garran an Cheoil, No. 5 Iona Drive, Dublin, 1909 until >=1922; Garran an Ceoil, 108 Rock Road, Blackrock, <=1927 until >=1937.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 30, and from the obituary of Buckley in TICEI 78 (1951-1952), 292. A photograph of Buckley is in IB 55, 12 Apr 1913, 222.

(1) IB 55, 12 Apr 1913, 222.
(2) IB 39, 15 Jun 1897, 115.
(4) IB 67, 18 Apr 1925, ?.
(4) TICEI 24(1895), 47.
(5) TICEI 29(1903), 86.
(6) TICEI 43-77(1918-1951), reports of council & membership lists.
(7) Membership lists in Proceedings of the Association of Municipal & County Engineers, vols.24-35.
(8) Charter…and list of members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1914), 161.
(9) From Thom's directories unless otherwise stated.
(10) See note 7 above.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for BUCKLEY, MICHAEL JAMES

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Date: 1906
Nature: Consulting engineer:Chatterton, London
Refs: IB 48, 30 Jun 1906, 505

Date: 1914
Nature: Alterations & additions
Refs: IB 56, 9 May 1914, 296

Author Title Date Details
Buckley, Michael James 'Steam Road Rollings' 1900 TICEI 28 (1900), 66.
Buckley, Michael James Presidential Address to ICEI 1931 TICEI 56(1931), 1.