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William Dargan

Post by grammer » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:00 pm

Altho' not a Dun Laoghaire man
William Dargan did a lot to put D/L on the map.
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William Dargan (28 February 1799 – 7 February 1867) was arguably the most important Irish engineer of the 19th century and certainly the most important figure in railway construction. Dargan designed and built Ireland's first railway line from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire in 1833.[1] In total he constructed over 1,300 km (800 miles) of railway to important urban centres of Ireland. He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society and also helped establish the National Gallery of Ireland. He was also responsible for the Great Dublin Exhibition held at Leinster lawn in 1853. His achievements were honoured in 2004 when Dargan Bridge, Dublin a new cable stayed bridge for Dublin's Light Railway Luas was named after him

Dargan was born near Carlow town, Ireland on 28 February 1799.[2] He was the eldest in a large family of tenant farmers on the Earl of Portarlington's estate.[3] He attended a local hedge school in Graiguecullen near Carlow, where he excelled in mathematics and accounting.[4] He subsequently worked on his father's 101-acre farm before securing a position in a surveyor's office in Carlow.[5] With the assistance of prominent local people, particularly John Alexander, a prominent Carlow miller, and Henry Parnell MP for County Laois Dargan began working with the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford on the Holyhead side of the London-Holyhead road.[6] He worked there between 1819 and 1824.[7] In 1824 Telford asked Dargan to begin work on a road from Raheny to Sutton in Dublin.[8] The young Dargan earned the relatively large sum of £300 for his work on this road and this provided the capital for future public works investments.[9]

In 1831 he became the contractor for the construction of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway, the first line to be built in Ireland. He next constructed the water communication between Lough Erne and Belfast, afterwards known as the Ulster Canal, a signal triumph of engineering and constructive ability.

Other great works followed – the Dublin and Drogheda Railway, the Great Southern and Western Railway and the Midland Great Western Railway. By 1853 he had constructed over six hundred miles of railway, and he had then contracts for two hundred more. He paid the highest wages with the greatest punctuality, and his credit was unbounded. At one time he was the largest railway projector in Ireland and one of its greatest capitalists.

He made arrangements in 1853 for the Dublin exhibition. He began by placing £30,000 in the hands of the committees, and before it was opened, 12 May 1853, his advances reached nearly £100,000l of which he ultimately lost £20,000. At the close of the exhibition the Irish National Gallery on Leinster Lawn, as a monument to Dargan, was erected, with a fine bronze statue of himself in front, looking out upon Merrion Square.

Dargan had a strong sense of patriotism to Ireland. He was offered a knighthood by the British Viceroy in Ireland, but declined.[10] Following this, England's Queen Victoria visited Dargan at his residence, Dargan Villa, Mount Annville on 29 August 1853.[11] She offered him a baronetcy, but he declined this also.[12] Wishing to encourage the growth of flax, he then took a tract of land which he devoted to its culture, but owing to some mismanagement the enterprise entailed a heavy loss. He also became a manufacturer, and set some mills working in the neighbourhood of Dublin, but that business did not prosper.

Latterly he devoted himself chiefly to the working and extension of the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway, of which he was chairman. In 1866 he was seriously injured by a fall from his horse. He died at 2 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin, on 7 February 1867, and was buried in Glasnevin cemetery. His widow, Jane, was granted a civil list pension of £100 on 18 June 1870
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Re: William Dargan

Post by Rocker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:39 pm

Grammer,

You didn't post this a minute too soon. Michael Portillo's programme about the rail journey from Greystones to Dublin was on BBC4 tonight and he interviewed Brian MacAonghusa about William Dargan among other topics.
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Re: William Dargan

Post by grammer » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:31 pm

Always on the ball -that's me. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I saw that series last year -it's a goodie.
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Re: William Dargan

Post by Rocker » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:54 am

By chance i saw a great programme on RTE tonight..."Building Ireland"....lots of info on the building of the Boyne Viaduct..but, the interesting fact was that despite all the great Railway Engineers who were involved at some time or other the nitty grittys were left to a 23 years old ! James Barton...an old head on young shoulders. He did a mighty job ...it still looks so impressive.

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Re: William Dargan

Post by Denis Cromie » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:39 am

Great info Grammer. I watched that programme last night Rocker and we certainly had some great engineers back then. Could have done with someone with their talent when the hospital in Letterkenny was been built.

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Re: William Dargan

Post by grammer » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:54 am

Your right Denis -someone needs to answer some questions -
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/l ... -1.1888480
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Re: William Dargan

Post by Toss » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:15 pm

grammer wrote:Your right Denis -someone needs to answer some questions -
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/l ... -1.1888480
OMG Grammer, I hope you are not suggesting that someone got something wrong and should be reprimanded .... shirley it was an act of nature (opps nearly said God, but thats not allowed). One can only pray that the same design flaw is not incorporated into the new DLRCC monstrosity ..... the thought of our Wii floating over to Holyhead is just too much :lol:
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Re: William Dargan

Post by Rocker » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:54 pm

Well the wii and the bucket contents from all the lighthouses is floating around here....little problem with rain scry scry ....its all the gobs**tes badly draining land and not having proper attenuation tanks and skimping on jobs and not having decent engineers ...all during the Celtic tiger and other gobs**tes working in planning offices and not knowing one end of a plan from another.The amount of plans I got passing through my job with developments on or near flood plains or on land subject to flooding and when I pointed it out to builders, councils, planners, engineers was told "thats all taken care of"....i was gobs**te enough to think they were on top of their job...I was the clerk (with none of their high falutin degrees and larnin so what would I know!!) but....al the builders who are moaning now about having no work were playing along building what they knew would flood and all for the quick buck...the day we in Ireland lost our integrity was a sorry day......we are now reaping the Nodding and winking rewards...the names of all connected with that job from the sale of the land to the drawing of the plans to the planning and building and mostly of those building regulations bods who passed the joint should be published and criminal action taken against them....but no!!.... a week's community service would not really compensate for the disaster ....I relly don't think my Bloomin blood pressure will survive all the Sh*t....sorry William Dargan for putting this rant on your topic....you must be turning in your grave at what is calling themselves Engineers now!!!!
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Re: William Dargan

Post by Denis Cromie » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:52 pm

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