Landed Estates
NUI Galway

O'Kelly (Creeraun)

Teige Kelly was granted 191 acres in Creeraun, parish of Ballymacward, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway, by patent under the Acts of Settlement dated 1 July 1678. The sale rental of 1857 states that a portion of the lands of Creeran known as 'Burke's Seventeen Acres' was held on a lease in perpetuity from Thomas Burke to Michael Kelly of Creeran, dated 17 Aug 1734. Michael O'Kelly is recorded as the resident landowner of Creeraun in 1814 and 1824. In 1805 he married Margaret Bellew and 206 acres of Derrynasee, parish of Kiltoom, county Roscommon, part of her dowry, subsequently became O'Kelly property. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Michael O'Kelly held in fee the Mountsilk estate in the parish of Moylough, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway. In 1838 Michael's son Anthony married Catherine Browne of Ardskea and their son Michael married a Browne cousin of Cooloo. In 1857, 449 acres belonging to Anthony O'Kelly at Creeraun, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway and at Derrynasee, barony of Athlone, county Roscommon, were advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court. Anthony's mother Margaret O'Kelly was the petitioner. Edward Browne of Cooloo purchased the Creeraun acreage. Anthony O'Kelly is recorded as one of the owners of part of the Kilkelly's Summerville estate offered for sale in June 1864. He had bought Moyloughbeg in 1856 from Daniel M. Kilkelly. In December 1865 the sale of Derrynasee was readvertised and appears to have been bought by Raymond P. Worthington. In the 1870s Anthony's son Michael O'Kelly of Cooloo, Barnaderg, owned 3,152 acres in county Galway, most of it in the barony of Ross and previously owned by his uncle Edward Browne. In 1882 Michael O'Kelly's estate of 3,393 acres in counties Galway, Mayo and Clare was advertised for sale. Members of the Kirwan family of Moyne were also parties to this sale. In June 1886 O'Kelly lands at Mountsilk were sold to Michael Charles Burke in the Land Judges' Court. In 1889 Cooloo, part of Creeraun and other lands in the barony of Tiaquin were offered for sale. The Bodkins of Kilclooney bought Creeraun. Many of the O'Kellys settled in Canada at the end of the 19th century and some became distinguished members of the British Army during World War I. On 16 March 1904 1,466 acres in county Galway belonging to the O'Kellys of Cooloo were vested in the Congested Districts' Board.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mountsilk Mountsilk Moylough Mountbellew Cooloo 153 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M596499
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 46
Cooloo Cottage Cooloo Moylough Mountbellew Cooloo 153 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M572482
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 46
Creeraun Creeraun Ballymacward Loughrea Cappalusk 109 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M634 362
OS Sheet: 72
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kelly, 23 June 1857, Vol 46, MRGS 39/022, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kelly & Killikelly, 16 June 1864, Vol 73, MRGS 39/036, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), O'Kelly, 7 Nov 1882, Vol 144, MRGS 39/063, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Glynn notebook No 44, containing newspaper cuttings of the case Michael Kelly v Edward Browne in the Probate Court, Dublin, re the will of Edward Browne, deceased of Cooloo, July 1872. MS 7914; National Library of Ireland
  • Glynn notebook No 44, containing newspaper cuttings of the case Michael Kelly v Edward Browne in the Probate Court, Dublin, re the will of Edward Browne, deceased of Cooloo, July 1872. MS 7914; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, O'Kelly, 7 Nov 1882, Cos Galway, Mayo & Clare. M62,669; Galway County Library
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, O'Kelly, 10 May 1889, barony of Tiaquin. M62,669; Galway County Library
  • Ordnance Survey maps showing lands in non congested districts: O'Kelly estate, 1463 acres in barony of Tiaquin, Co Galway, 1906. 15.A.23(21); National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kelly, 7 Dec 1865, Vol 79, MRGS 39/039, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kelly, Kirwan & Netterville, 7 Nov 1882, Vol 144 (17), MRGS 39/063, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources