Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. CORK, CORK, RAILWAY TUNNEL

Name: MACNEILL, JOHN BENJAMIN (SIR)
Building: CO. CORK, CORK, RAILWAY TUNNEL
Date: 1847-1854p
Nature: ¾ mile tunneljfrom Blackpool to railway terminus on Lr Glanmire Rd. Contractor: William Dargan. For Great Southern & Western Railway Co. Work begun with sinking of ventilation shafts, Aug 1847. Headings met under Cork Barracks, July 29th 1854, and a few days later chairman, some directors, secretary and engineer of GSWR walked full length of it. Rails not yet laid at this time.
Refs: Cork Examiner, 23 Aug 1847,7 Aug 1854 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Oct,Dec 2010);  Holly Bough (Cork Examiner,1955), 5;  R.C. Cox & M.H. Gould, Civil Engineering Heritage: Ireland (1998), 256-7;  Colin Rynne, The Industrial Archaeology of Cork City and its Environs  (1999), 209 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Oct 2010).