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Horace Waters, Engineer

The following is an obituary for Horace Waters, an Edenderry Civil Engineer who died in 1916. He lived in Blundell House at the time of his death.

His wife heard him choking at 11.30pm  and summoned Dr Kinsella but he died within minutes.  Two months previous he was ill with an affliction of the heart. On the 1st of July he attended Edenderry NO 1 District Council on official business as he was assistant county surveyor. The deceased was a son of Mr TG Waters of Kilpatrick, Monasterevin, county Kildare. He was also a principal racing judge who hunted with the Kildare hounds. Horace was born in 1861 and was educated at Alston college Chesire and the Queens College Galway where he won a gold medal. He was later a mathematics student at the Royal College of Ireland where he graduated with a B.E. degree with honours. He was the principal engineer with the West Clare Railway and  built the stands for the Limerick Junction Race course. He married in 1896. Replacing the late Mr Barr CE as assistant County surveyor and engineer to the Edenderry board of guardians, he had lived in the town since 1893. He was also an engineer on the Boyne Drainage Board and was held in great esteem by the people. His funeral on Wednesday was announced as private but a huge crowd turned out. All the shops closed and the blinds were closed. Rev RH Bodel gave the graveside oration, while the chief mourners included Mr Horace Waters (son), Mr R Waters, a brother, Mr M Williams of Kilrush an uncle, Mr John Casey of Donnybrook, a cousin. The UPS carried out the funeral. On Tuesday The Edenderry Town Council passed a vote of sympathy.
Blundell House, built in 1813 which was home to Horace Waters from 1893-1916




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