Michael O’Boyle

Conservation Specialist

Michael is a Graduate of UCD and has completed his Masters in Urban and Building Conservation. He is a Member of the Standing Committee on Architectural and Heritage of the Heritage Council.

Michael O’Boyle was award the O’Connor Prize for Conservation from UCD for his Thesis entitled “The Catholic Institutional Buildings in Ireland : the emergence of a building type and its future in a time of rapid change”.


Michael O’Boyle
Grade 1 Conservation ARCHITECT – RIAI Accreditation

Personal Assistant: Margaret Hanlon

A selection of Michael’s current projects

Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Ongoing refurbishment and  extension of five large courthouses – Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Mullingar – as part of PP bundle with BAM.
  • St. Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
  • A campus of school buildings (with several protected structures) at Knockbeg College, Carlow.


Internal Referrals

BLUETT & O’DONOGHUE ARCHITECTS have the in-house availability of Michael to Colleagues and Clients on matters relating to protected structures and Urban & Building conservation which arise generally.

A selection of Michael’s completed projects

  • Kilkenny Courthouse – Consultant Conservation Architect to the Office of Public Works Design Team.
  • Rothe House, Parliament Street, Kilkenny – Project Architect and Conservation Architect.
  • St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. North Tipperary – this College has University Status.
  • Extension to Carlow Museum.
  • Chorister’s Hall (13th century undercroft), Waterford.
  • GFE II Bridge, St. James’ Gate, Dublin 8.
  • Cherryorchard Equestrian and Educational Centre.
  • Elm Park Golf Club – various projects to a Masterplan.
  • Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. North Tipperary.
  • St. Mary’s Church, Castlecomer.
  • The Tholsel, Fethard
  • The Burton Building ; refurbishment and upgrading.
  • “The Hole in the Wall”, High Street, Kilkenny (with EDPM)
  • The Boardroom, Clones, Co. Monaghan.
  • St. Mary’s Church, Castlecomer.
  • The Grange, Ballyragget.
  • Rockshire House, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford.
  • Social Housing, Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown.
  • Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois – preparation of a Conservation Report for the Heritage Council.
  • Dromineer Castle – preparation of conservation report for Tipperary County Council.
  • Diageo, Dundalk Packaging Hall.
  • Diageo, Directors Boardroom and Dining Facilities in James’ Gate.

Collaboration with other Firms and External Referrals from Colleagues

Michael accepts external referrals from Colleague Architects, Surveyors, Engineers. A good example would be the Office of Public Works Commission in connection with Kilkenny Courthouse. This OPW project for The Courts Service involves a programme of High Court, Circuit Court and District Court facilities, administrative accommodation and related public facilities. The existing Courthouse is a Protected Structure, it is located in an area of Archaeological Interest and in an Architectural Conservation area.

Another example is the service provided in respect of the Statutory Consents for the protected structure comprising the old Bank of Ireland, Kilkenny, now known as the bar and restaurant “Left Bank” with O’Dea & Moore Architects

Undercroft, Medieval Museum, Waterford.