- "40 & 41 Bishop-St"
- "Windmill Lane, Sir John's Quay, Dublin", "Off Sir John Rogerson's Quay"
- "Ironfounders & Engineers, East Wall Road, Dublin 3"
- "...made by the firm of Tonge and Taggart who were established in
Bishop's Street in 1869, and are responsible for a great deal of ironwork
about the city. In 1907 [sic,
should be 1906] this firm moved to
Windmill Lane, and in 1938 to East Wall Road where it still operates."
—Dublin Historical Record, Vol. 38, No. 3, June 1985
- 1906: "Cast Iron Work for Builders, Plumbers, Engineers, etc.
Heavy Road Manhole Covers. Road Gully Traps. Channel Gratings,
Tanks. Columns, Stanchions, Barley Steeps, &c."
- 1917: "General Ironfounders. Makers of Cast-Iron Work for Builders,
Engineers, Plumbers, Road and Sewer Contractors, etc. etc.
Specialties—Tanks, Manhole Covers, and Columns"
- 1929: "General Ironfounders. Specialties: Manhole Covers, Water Tanks,
- 1935: "Iron Castings for Housing Schemes. Specialties: Manhole Covers,
Road Gulley Traps, Armstrong Covers, Sectional Tanks, Circular Type
Road Manhole Covers"
are glad to announce that Messrs. Tonge and Taggart, of the South City
Foundry, Bishop-street, have completed arrangements for the manufacture
of pavement sashes, fitted with semi-prism lenses of the highest quality.
—Irish Builder and Engineer, May 1, 1890
pavement lights (3) at Messrs. Battersby and Company's new offices,
6 Westmoreland-street, have been supplied by Messrs. Tonge and Taggart,
of the South City Foundry, Bishop-street. They have large orders in
hands for other city establishments for their pavement lights.
—Irish Builder and Engineer, July 1, 1890
Pumps and Fountains:
A DUBLIN MADE FOUNTAIN.
Irish Builder and Engineer, March 27, 1901
The fountain is to be
erected at Eadestown
, Co. Kildare, to the memory of
Captain Tickell, by his tenantry, from the design
of J. J. O'Callaghan
, Esq., Architect, F.R.I.A.I.
The base and plinth are of limestone from the celebrated
of Mr. W. Osborne
; the fountain and
basin are of cast iron; the ornamental finials, brackets,
etc., of wrought iron. The granite plinth and base is 7
feet wide on the octagonal and 2 feet 6 inches high; the
cast iron basin 8 feet in diameter and 1 foot 6 inches
deep, which, with the fountain and finials, the whole
structure stands 16 feet high, and when placed in position
will make a handsome and imposing memorial. There are four
ornamental lions' heads, with stop cocks for supplying
water to basin, intended for the use of cattle, and by
an ingenious arrangement the overflow from the basin will
supply four small troughs underneath for dogs. There are
also four highly ornamental brackets with cups and chains
suspended, for the use of the thirsty wayfarer.
We believe this is the first
fountain of its size and description that has ever been
made in Dublin, and it proves that there is no necessity
for going to Scotland or elsewhere for stock patterns,
when architects can have their original designs carried
out as well at home. The castings are sharp, fine, and
clear, and the mouldings perfect in every detail.
The contractors for the work are
Messrs. J. Fagan and Son
, 18 Great Brunswick-street, Dublin,
who entrusted the castings to Messrs. Tonge and Taggart,
South City Foundry. The whole work is a credit to the Irish
artisan, and we hope that architects who may require similar
works will remember that work of this kind can be executed
- "READING FOR SICK POOR IN SOUTH UNION.
A RECEIVING-BOX of cast iron of an ornamental design
and finish has been placed at the junction of D'Olier and
Westmoreland-streets (“Lundy Foot's Corner,” as it used
to be familiarly called). It is intended as a depository for periodicals
and newspapers for the use of the patients in the South Dublin Union
Infirmary. The receiver (which stands about 5 ft. high) has been
manufactured by Messrs. Tonge and Taggart, of Bishop-street, in this
city." —Irish Builder and Engineer, May 15, 1891
Surname "Tonge" (pronounced like "orange"):
- Tong/Tonge/Tongue genealogy site
- "The Tonge Family may have been Huguenots, who arrived in Dublin,
by way of Yorkshire, in the early 1800s. They set up a coach-building
business in Great Britain Street. Taggart was the brother-in-law
of a later Tonge and together they started the South City Foundry
in Windmill Lane. Their main business in the 19th century was
the manufacture of cast-iron coalhole and manhole covers. However
by the end of the century steel had replaced cast-iron for these
goods. The firm switched to making castings for pumps and ornamental
purposes. They also made wrought-iron goods such as railings."
- "I am formally June Tonge. My father Arthur worked in Tonge &
Taggart (Iron founders) as a patternmaker from when he was 17 till 63
in 1984. The firm started in 1869 in Bishop Street in Dublin. Then
in 1884 approx. it moved to Windmill Lane (now music studios). His
cousin Claude was managing director until he died 1969. My dad's
father, William, was a patternmaker then he was manager. Other members
of the family worked there also. My father says he never knew of any
Taggarts while he was there. I think they parted early in the business
but the name stuck."
—June Comiskey on genealogy.com
- "My great, great, great (I think I have that right) grandfather
founded Tonge & Taggart. The Taggart side died off and my uncle
Claude, Thomas (Max) my father's brother was the last managing director
before it and the group Tonge McLaughlin Holdings was sold to the
Smurfit Group. The original Tonge (father of the above) started in the
coachbuilding business in Little or Great Brittan Street in Dublin. We
believe that we had come over from Yorkshire around the 1800's. A
Thomas Tonge had married an Ellan Maxfield (my father's name). It is
thought that they had arrived in Yorkshire from France with the
Huguenots (possibly coachbuilders) some two hundred years before."
—Kieron Tonge on genealogy.com
- "English: variant spelling of Tong, also established in Ireland
since the 17th century. German: from a reduced short form of the
personal name Anton (see Anthony)."
- "The history of the Tonge family name begins after the Norman
Conquest of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire, at Tongue (Tonge). However,
as a habitational name, in can also be found in Lancashire, Shropshire,
and West Yorkshire as many believe the name to be a topographic name
for someone who lived on a tongue of land."
—House of Names
- "Tonge (Tong, Tongue) The family of the name in Ireland is most
often found in connection with Co. Wexford and the city of Dublin in
our records. The family is generally given to be of English origins
when found in Ireland. (The above extracted from the 'Book of Irish
Families, great & small')."
—The Families of County Dublin, Ireland
Tonge & Taggart Ltd, Iron Foundry · 30 Sep 1949
WL = Windmill Lane, Sir Johns Quay, Dublin;
EWL = East Wall Lane, Dublin
Note: Images marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing
- See THE REPAIR OF WROUGHT AND CAST IRONWORK by the Government of Ireland 2009;
- "Tonge and Taggart of Windmill Lane, the South City Foundry at 41
Bishop St. and, latterly, East Wall. 1869 Company established. Famed
today for its manhole covers, inscribed with the company name and/or
the logo 'Cast in the South City Foundry'."
(citing The Leading Manufacturing Firms in 1920s Dublin by
Frank Barry, Trinity College Dublin, September 2017)
- "Registered under identification number 6016, Tonge & Taggart
Limited was an Irish company ("private" type) that had been on the
market since 04 October 1907 until it was dissolved. The company
was situated at East Wall Road, Dublin 8. The last time company
statutory accounts data was received was on 28 November 1984."
- Tonge & Taggart and the World Beneath Our Feet
Irish H & V News, February 1985
MARRIAGE OF TRADITIONAL CRAFT AND NEW TECHNOLOGY:|
TO GET THE best measure of the strength of Tonge & Taggart,
one only has to look at the decimation of the entire foundry industry,
both here and overseas, over the last ten years. At one time there
were over 100 concerns in the UK but this has now been whittled down
to 10 with worse still to come. Here in Ireland the situation has
been similar (though naturally on a smaller scale).
Throughout, Tonge & Taggart
has survived primarily because of the vision and foresight of an
enlightened management who realised that the key to survival lay in
a marriage of the traditional craftsmanship and new technology. The
company hasn't been slow to adopt new techniques and methods
of production but at the same time has insisted on retaining the skill
element involved from the craft point of view.
Herein lies the key to Tonge &
Taggart's success — the ability to offer a total package in
relation to water, sewage and gas distribution systems. There are
four key elements in any job — the spec, the pattern, the
moulding and casting, and the finishing. Each of these areas is
under the total control of the company... modern practice is to import
patterns but Tongue & Taggart are now unusual in that they have
their own pattern makers and machine shop, in addition to a jobbing
The combined advantage of these factors
is flexibility which cannot be matched by the importation of standard
pipework and fittings. No job is so straightforward as not to require
unusual non-standard additions and it is here that Tonge &
Taggart come into their own.
They get involved in a contract as early as the design stage and
very often consult with the designer in charge to surmount major problems
and thereby make the scheme more cost-effective.
In addition to pipes and fittings, Tonge
& Taggart can produce virtually any type of casting, examples
being the 6ft diameter pipe for the ESB; architectural bollards;
lamp standards; railings; post boxes; even horse troughs (current
most unusual "special")
The company has over 100 years experience
in the industry and the 167 strong workforce includes a great number
who have 30 years plus service. Even Managing Director Nick Hodges
has nearly 40 years in Tonge & Taggart, having worked his way up
through the ranks to his current position.
In conjunction with this degree
of experience and knowhow, Tonge & Taggart are all the time
striving to incorporate 63 new methods of production into the process.
Plans are currently well advanced for the total replacement of existing
plant though it is emphasised that the new innovative practices will
not render the craft itself obsolete.
This expansion is in anticipation of
an expanding home market and also increased sales on the export
side. Tonge & Taggart are making great strides in the Middle East
at present with a high degree of success being achieved in Bahrain
through their locally-appointed agent.
For details of these and any other
developments on either marketing strategy or product capability
contact Tonge & Taggart Ltd, East Wall Road, Dublin 3, (Tel:
786088); Telex: 30993.
Irish H & V News, January/March 1986
Specialists in Cast Iron|
Tonge & Taggart Ltd was established in 1869 and since that
time has supplied the country with many of its specialized cast iron
needs. These have ranged from engineering castings to lamp posts,
from simple manhole covers to specialist castings such as the keel
of Sir Francis Chichister's
[sic] Gypsy Moth 2nd. In the last decade or
so the company has considerably reduced its product range and now
specialises in manufacture of watermain products, eg pipe fittings
and municipal products.
The foundry operates on a 5-acre site
at East Wall Road where approximately 2½ thousand tons of castings
are produced annually. This tonnage is made up of products which
could range from a few lbs in weight to castings which weigh up to
four tons. Apart from actual manufacturing and stocking of their own
products, the company has acquired a number of agencies from overseas
manufacturers in order that it can provide a complete package to the
The following world recognised
manufacturers are represented in Ireland by Tonge & Taggart:
Stanton & Staveley spin iron pipes, J. Blakeborough &
Sons valves and hydrants, Glynwed Foundries Ltd. (Building Products
Division) soil and drain pipes including the Timesaver system. Large
numbers of all the above products are held in their comprehensive
stockyard at their East Wall Road premises.
The facilities at Tonge & Taggart
allow for Inquiries to be handled whether in the form of samples,
drawings or specification, ie. the company has its own pattern making,
machining, testing and transport facilities. In general products
manufactured at East Wall Road come under the following headings:
gas, sewerage and watermain pipe
fittings, ie. bends, tees, etc, all of which can be produced either
to metric or imperial standards, depending on requirements, municipal
castings ie. manhole covers, gully gratings and frames, stopcock
covers and frames etc, sectional water storage tanks, in addition to
these the company manufactures a wide range of miscellaneous products
in cast iron.
It is the Local Authorities in Ireland who
initiate much of the major water schemes in the country generally through
the civil eng. contractors who are large and valued customers. The
advantage to them of having a home manufacturer for these products means
that products which are required at short notice for emergency purposes
can be fed into the manufacturing program ahead of less urgent items,
thus the company is capable of literally helping the Local Authorities
out of a hole. In addition to the County Councils and Corporations,
the company also provides a full service to the Industrial sector and
has benefitted from the influx of major foreign industries into Ireland
in recent years.
In addition to catering for the need of
home industry, Tonge & Taggart have in the last few years made
considerable progress in the export field with over 10% of manufactured
output being exported. The majority of these exports have gone to Middle
Eastern countries such as Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia
and Bahrain. But the company also pride itself on the fact that it is
capable of competing in the UK market and apart from Northern Ireland
where a full time Agent operates, they have also sold their products on
Details from Tonge & Taggart Ltd,
East Wall Road, Dublin 3. (Tel: 786088; Telex 30993).
Irish H & V News, April 1988
Tonge & Taggart Acquired|
THE NAME and goodwill of Tonge and Taggart has been acquired
from the liquidator by Glossfield Ltd, an associate company of Birr,
Co Offaly-based J Cavanagh & Sons Ltd.
Glossfield Ltd has also secured the
Stanton (UK) water pipe agency and the Blakeborough (UK) valve
agency previously held by Tonge and Taggart. Additionally, the
company has acquired Tonge and Taggart's pipe-cutting and welding
plant which has been transferred to Birr and is associated with these
Exact purchase prices were not
disclosed. Commenting on the acquisition, Joseph Cavanagh, Director,
Glossfield Ltd said that the deal represented a £0.5 million
investment by Glossfield in the Tonge and Taggart name, production
plant and the cost of transferring the plant to Birr, Co Offaly.
Tonge and Taggart Ltd was a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Jefferson Smurfit Group until the company went into
voluntary liquidation in December 1987. The company operated a
foundry at East Wall Road, Dublin and manufactured a range of cast
iron fittings used extensively on watermain projects and treatment
Glossfield Ltd is an associate company
of Ireland's longest established foundry — J Cavanagh & Sons
Ltd — which manufactures access covers and drainage gratings.
The foundry is currently undergoing a £3.5 million modernisation
programme at Birr, Co Offaly.
Glossfield is presently negotiating with
SFADCO a grant aid package which will enable Glossfield to commence
the manufacture of pipe fittings in Birr which otherwise would be
Glossfield Ltd will now trade as Tonge and
Taggart, as proprietors of the tradename. The offer for an extensive
part of the plant and tradename — combined with direct negotiations
with Stanton and Blakeborough for these agencies — ensured the
success of the Glossfield offer.
An additional 15 to 20 people will be
employed at Birr where J Cavanagh & Sons Ltd already employ over
50 people. A £1.1 million investment is planned in the new Tonge
and Taggart by the directors. The Birr based group of companies will
have a turnover of approximately £5 million.