James O’Donoghue

Architect & Arbitrator / Director and Founder

James O’Donoghue is a graduate of DIT and Trinity College Dublin. He holds a Diploma in Project Management from TCD, a Diploma in Arbitration from the School of Law, UCD and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CI Arb – Keble College, Oxford).

James’ special interest is Project Management / Legal Affairs relating to Built Environment Plans & Projects.

James served two terms as Vice President of the R.I.A.I. and one term as Honorary Treasurer. He is a former Hon. Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Irish Branch. He has served as Chairman of the Liaison Committee – RIAI / CIF / SES / EI / ACEI and is a current RIAI Delegate on that Committee. He is an Executive Committee Member of Arbitration Ireland, a Committee Member of C.I.Arb. – Irish Branch and active in RIAI Practice and Legal Affairs activities.

He is active as Arbitrator and Mediator in International Commercial Dispute Resolution on Built Environment matters.

James O’Donoghue
Dip.Arch., B.(Arch.)Sc., Dip.Proj.Man., Dip.Arb., Dip.I.C.Arb., FRIAI, RIBA, FCI Arb. Chartered Architect (I’ntl), Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator (C.E.D.R., CIArb) 

Personal Assistant: Margaret Hanlon

A selection of James’ current projects

  • Leitrim County Council Offices, Carrick-on-Shannon.
  • Cathedral of the Annunciation & St. Nathy, Ballaghdereen.
  • St. Kevin’s Church, Dublin.
  • Dock Arts Centre, Leitrim.
  • Cavan County Council Arts Centre.
  • Hogan Motors, Dublin.


Internal Referrals

James provides an internal referral service to colleagues in the areas of; the new Government Suite of Contracts known as the GCCC Contracts for Consultants and for Contractors – Engineering and Building. Matters relating to the Planning & Development Acts – Practice and Procedure and Project Management.

A selection of James’ completed projects

  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bagenalstown.
  • Carey Glass, Nenagh.
  • Elm Park Golf Club.
  • Lyrath Hotel and Conference Centre.
  • Castlelands Village Masterplan.
  • Goresbridge Horse Sales.
  • Brewhouse Interpretative Centre, Diageo, St. James’ Gate, Dublin.
  • Diageo Service Bridge, St. James’ Gate, Dublin.
  • Diageo, Dundalk Masterplan and Packaging Hall extension – various improvements to Brewhouse – with Michael O’Boyle.
  • Diageo, Kilkenny – eight projects : Fermenter Block extensions, Wort Stripper Building ; Rice Mill and Silo (for Budweiser) ; conservation works to “Brewery Club”, re-fit of hospitality suite ; impact study for third City Bridge.
  • Antigen Pharmaceuticals, Packaging Hall, Warehouse and Staff Facilities at Roscrea, (now Taro)
  • GMX Moulinex, Thurles.
  • Banaghans Warehousing and Distribution Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
  • Castlelands Village, Masterplan for Village Centre and c. 750 unit residential project for Developer Client. Phases I, II and III complete on the Banks of the Blackwater, Mallow, Co. Cork.
  • Residential developments : College Square “own door” and apartment development; “Rosehill” own-door and apartment development, Kilkenny.
  • Lough Derg Yacht Club – collaboration with Brian Grubb Architects and David Flannery Architect.
  • Lough Ree Yacht Club – Clubhouse and environs.
  • Elm Park Golf Club course facilities.
  • Carey Bros., Nenagh, Co. North Tipperary – Glass Processing plant – various.

Collaboration with other Firms and External Referrals from Colleagues

James undertakes external referrals from Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Client Bodies. Examples include:

  • Rathdowney Outlet – with Lead Architects Holder Mathias, Cardiff & London.
  • Lough Derg Yacht Club – with Brian Grubb and David Flannery.
  • Lyrath Hotel, Spa and Convention Centre with Specialist Hotel Design Architects.
  • John Maginnes Architects, South Africa, Interior Architects Simon Black Associates.
  • France and Conservation Architects Blackwood Associates, Dublin.
  • Rima Pharmaceuticals, Cashel with Kentz Clonmel.
  • Services to Law Firms and services in relation to ADR.

James is available to provide Expert Investigation, Reporting and Expert Witness Services on areas within his expertise. James is available to provide services in relation to alternative dispute resolution.

Banaghans Warehousing and Distribution Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.