Canice O’Mahony: artist, writer, scholar, engineer

Canus O Mahony presenting his book to Lord Roden

Canus O Mahony presenting his book to Lord Roden

The death took place at the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin, on Wednesday 12 February of Canice O’Mahony, BE, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk.

Canice was a local government engineer in Dundalk for almost 40 years until his retirement in 1987.

He was town engineer for nearly 20 years. He will be remembered for his contribution to the preservation of the social history of the town in the second half of the 20th century.

He wrote many articles and papers but his most definitive work was his book An Engineer Remembers published in 2008, in which he covered every aspect of local history.

He also wrote The History of Dundalk Urban District Council Power Station 1910 - 1930 a record of the early history of electricity in Dundalk before it was taken over by the ESB. The station was in Chapel Street, later the ESB headquarters for more than fifty years.

The book covers the background to the town’s street lighting, the Dundalk Electric Tramway Company, the extended network, the First World War, and the Shannon Scheme.

Canice was a scholar, musician, artist and writer.

He is survived by his wife Eilish, sons Sean and Colm, duaghters Mary and Ann, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives neighbours and friends.

After reposing at his home on Friday, removal was on Saturday at 10.30am to St Oliver Plunkett Church Blackrock, for funeral Mass. Burial took place afterwards to St Patrick’s Cemetery Dundalk.

Months Mind Mass will be on Sunday 9 March 11.30 Church of the Holy Redeemer.

See Letters Page 53.


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