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James Barry Farrell

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John Barry Farrell (1810-1893)


1893 Obituary [1]

JAMES BARRY FARRELL was born at Bristol on the 3rd of December, 1810. After serving a pupilage to Joseph Burke, Civil Engineer, he was engaged from 1833 to 1838 under the Board of Public Works in Ireland as Resident Engineer on the survey and construction of the road between Killarney and Kenmare, so well known to tourists.

He then acted for a time as County Surveyor of Tyrone and in 1840 was appointed County Surveyor of Wexford, which post he held until shortly before his death - a period of upwards of fifty years. The first work of importance which he designed and constructed in this capacity was Carrigmannon Bridge, a stone structure having 3 arches each of 50 feet span. It crosses a deep ravine on the Carlow road and at the centre has a height of 120 feet,. He subsequently designed a similar bridge at Cooladine, near Enniscorthy.

About the year 1862 Mr. Farrell was appointed Engineer to the Admiralty Commissioners for Wexford Harbour, in connection with which he was engaged on several works under the direction of the late Sir John Coode....[more]


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