President of The Academy Dr Finbar Callanan presents a copy of the publication to Mr Niall Callan Secretary General of the Department of The Environment, Heritage and Local Government

The recent publication of Engineering Ireland was the culmination of a project of the Irish Academy of Engineering, a learned society of the engineering profession founded in 1998. The aim of the Academy is to advance the science and practice of engineering in Ireland as an essential element in the development and advancement of living standards. One of these objectives is to stimulate interest in the preservation and presentation of Ireland’s engineering heritage, and to identify and highlight outstanding Irish engineering achievements.

Engineering Ireland a 370-page large format full-colour book edited by Dr Ron Cox of Trinity College Dublin, reflects the nature of engineering in many of its facets, from military, civil, mechanical, electrical and other branches of the profession, to the successful completion of projects throughout Ireland.

The first part of the book presents an overview of the history of engineering in Ireland, how the engineering profession evolved, education and training, and the establishment of engineering institutions. In succeeding chapters, the historical development of the different areas of engineering endeavour is presented in more detail by a number of eminent engineers.

An insight is presented into the activities of the engineering profession, thus enabling members of the profession and the general public to appreciate the significant and invaluable contributions made by Irish engineers over many decades to the quality and advancement of Irish life.

Copies of the book may be ordered from John Callanan at Engineers Ireland, Tel: (01) 6090232; Email:, on-line from the publishers, The Collins Press, Cork, at, or from leading booksellers, price €49.95.