31, South William Street, later, 111, Grafton Street, Dublin
FALL OF ANOTHER HOUSE IN DUBLIN
At about nine o'clock the other night the house No. 111, Grafton-street, Dublin, owned by Mr. Brunker, an extensive jeweller, fell to the ground. The adjoining house (110) had been taken down, and in the process the foundation of Brunker's is supposed to have been weakened. About seven o'clock, after the shop was closed, an ominous crack was beard, announcing that the large plate-glass window had given way but all belonging to the establishment had gone home, and there were heavy iron shutters in front of the window, so that nothing could be done to save the stock. The crack, however, warned the police to keep the street comparatively clear, and this precaution prevented, perhaps, a great loss of life. The front wall fell outwards, and a beam struck a tramcar which was passing, but did not break through the roof, on which happily there were no passengers. The conductor received a slight blow from a brick. The whole of the large stock of plate, watches, and jewellery is buried in the ruins, and as all the smaller articles were loose in the shop, most of them will never be recovered.
Source: The Cardigan Observer - 4th October 1879
Common Pleas Division, Dublin, (Before the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE.) BRUNKER v. NORTH.--THE EASEMENT OF SUPPORT.
This case, which is an action by Mr. Thomas Brunker, jeweller, to recover damages from Mr. James H. North, house and estate agent, for damages sustained by the plaintiff through the alleged negligence of the defendant, whereby the house of the plaintiff, No. 110 Grafton Street, fell, while the house adjoining it was being rebuilt for the defendant. Messrs. Meade & Son, builders, had, on the application of Mr. North, been made co-defendants. On the case being called, Mr. DAMES, Q.C., applied for a postponement of the trial on account of the unavoidable absence of a material and necessary witness, Mr. Bridgford, the architect, from whom, counsel said, their solicitor had that morning received a telegram stating that it was impossible for him to be in Dublin for the next four or five days. Mr. HOLMES, Q.C., on behalf of the defendant, Mr, North, said his client was ready to go on, but would not oppose the application provided that the plaintiff agreed to bear the costs of the day. Mr. DAMES said he could not object to that. The CHIEF JUSTICE was about to make the order postponing the case, when Mr. HERON, Q.C., who appeared for Messrs. Meade, asked that the costs of his clients should also be paid by the plaintiff. He contended that there was no sufficient cause for postponement shown. Mr. DAMES said that the only defendant, so far as Mr. Brunker was concerned, was Mr. North, and he objected to paying any costs except those of Mr. North. Mr. HERON submitted that Messrs. Meade were defendants on the record, and, as they were ready and willing to go on, the trial should not be postponed. The CHIEF JUSTICE said that Mr. Heron had a right to be heard against the postponement. Mr. DAMES said that their solicitor would make an affidavit to the effect which he had already mentioned, and he would them formally apply to have the case postponed. A short adjournment then took place, and the affidavit was sworn. It was to the effect that Mr. Bridgford had left Dublin for the Continent upwards of a month ago; that Mr. Rosenthal had endeavoured to obtain his address, but without avail, until Saturday, when he learned that it was in Bury Street, London. He had immediately communicated with him, and he had received in reply the telegram from Bournemouth, of which he now made an exhibit to the Court, and which stated that Mr. Bridgford had only returned from the Continent, and that he greatly regretted that he could not be in Dublin for the next five days. Mr. ANDREWS, Q.C., said Messrs. Meade were perfectly ready to go on. The postponement of the trial would involve Messrs. Meade in considerable expense through no fault of their own. When the case was in the list for the day the plaintiff asked his Lordship to exercise his jurisdiction in his favour—to do what would be a most unjust thing to Messrs. Meade. He submitted that the affidavit showed no cause for postponement, and therefore his Lordship should only grant it on condition of his (Mr. Andrews's) clients’ costs being paid by the plaintiff. Mr. HERON said if Mr. Bridgford was subpoenaed he was bound to attend, and no reason was shown why he would not be able to attend on the next day. Bournemouth was only 33 hours from London, and there was nothing to hinder him from reaching London in time that evening, and, starting by the night mail, reach Dublin in the morning. Mr. DAMES said that was absurd, as they had only communication with him by wire. Mr. HERON submitted that the affidavit disclosed no legal grounds for the postponement. The CHIEF JUSTICE did not think the affidavit was quite satisfactory. Still Mr. Brunker had no action against Mr. Meade at all. Mr. HOLMES said that if Mr. Heron considered it for his interest to go on, he (Mr. Holmes) was perfectly ready. The CHIEF JUSTICE said he could only give one set of costs, unless the plaintiff would consent to pay both. Mr. HOLMES said if they were not to get their costs he would resist the postponement. After some further discussion, The CHIEF JUSTICE said he was rather disposed not to postpone the motion. Mr. DAMES: If your Lordship forces us on in the face of this affidavit, everybody will see how it is. I will go on, and do my best. The Court then adjourned, and on resuming, Mr. Dames, for the plaintiff, consented to pay the costs of both defendants, and the trial was adjourned to November.
Source: The Architect - 3rd July 1880
Thomas Brucker (b.2-1-1821 d.1901) was noted as an exhibitor at the Irish National Exhibition in 1852.
He was granted Freedom in 1845 and elected Warden 1848-51 and Master of the Dublin Company of Goldsmiths in 1851-52.
His residence in 1851 was noted as 28, Northumberland Road, Dublin.
The 1901 Irish Census records Thomas Brunker as an 80 year-old, Dublin born, Justice of the Peace. He resides at 11, Cambridge Terrace, Dublin, with three of his daughters and one son. He has four live-in servants, including a nurse. His religion was recorded as Church of Ireland. Thomas Brunker died in the same year as the census was taken.