Landed Estates
University of Galway

McDonagh (Lickmolassy/Wilmount)

According to Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' (1904) the McDonoghs held land in the Gort area in the late 18th century and were resident at Wilmount, near Portumna, county Galway. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Matthew McDonagh held land from the Shees in the town of Tuam. In 1865 Francis Joseph McDonagh, son of Matthew, married Mary Bodkin of Tuam. One of their daughters married Farrell McDonnell, son of Martin McDonnell of Dunmore and Headford Castle. One of their sons Thomas McDonagh resided at Headford Castle before moving to Moyne Hill. Matthew McDonagh with an address at Wilmount, Portumna, owned 174 acres in county Galway in 1876. Slater refers to a Mrs. Mary McDonagh, resident at a property called Glenallen, Portumna in 1846. The McDonaghs were very involved in the racing world in the latter half of the 19th century.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Moyne Hill Barnaboy Kilkilvery Tuam Headford 203 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M267 493
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 45
Headford Castle Balrickard Cargin Tuam Headford 203 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M270 468
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 45
Willmount or Gortnacloghy Gortnacloghy Lickmolassy Portumna Kilmalinoge 181 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M847062
OS Sheet: 118, 126, 127
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), McDonagh, 28 May 1863, Vol 68, MRGS 39/034, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Ordnance Survey maps showing lands in non congested districts: McDonogh estate, Kilphrasoga, 104 acres in barony of Dunmore, Co Galway, 1907. 15.A.23(18); National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources