James Joseph McCarthy

James Joseph McCarthy was an Irish architect famous for his design of ecclesiastical buildings. McCarthy was born in Dublin, Ireland on 6 January 1817. His parents were from County Kerry.[1] He was educated by the Christian Brothers in Richmond St., and went on to study architecture at the Royal Dublin Society School. He was a follower of the style of the architect Pugin and Gothic Revival.

James Joseph McCarthy
Born6 January 1817
Died28 November 1882(1882-11-28) (aged 65)
Resting placeGlasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Known forArchitect of Ecclesiastical Buildings Gothic Revival

McCarthy served as Professor of Ecclesiastical Architecture at All Hallows College, Dublin. He was also appointed Professor of Architecture at the Catholic University of Ireland and at the Royal Hibernian Academy. McCarthy was a friend of Dr. Bartholomew Woodlock, who had been rector of both All Hallows' and the Catholic University, and he helped Woodlock to found the Irish Ecclesiological Society in 1849. He was also a close friend of Charles Gavan Duffy and was a member of the Young Irelanders.

He died in 1882 and is interred in Glasnevin Cemetery.


J.J McCarthy completed over fifty commissions for Churches, Monasteries, Convents and Cathedrals.

St Patricks church Dungannon, Tyrone

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Architect James Joseph McCarthy History of St. Josephs Church, Carrickmacross.
  2. ^ a b Ladychapel Maynooth 150 years www.kildare.ie
  3. ^ Capuchian Franciscan Church Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine Dublin.