Landed Estates
NUI Galway

McDermott (Springfield)

According to William Keaveney this estate in the parish of Templetogher, barony of Ballymoe, county Galway, was a Kelly property in the late 18th century. William Kelly had two daughters who married Owen McDermott and Glasgow Connolly respectively. Owen McDermott was granted Springfield in a deed of settlement. However in the mid 19th century following legal proceedings the estate was divided between the McDermotts and the Connollys. William McDermott, son of Owen, built the town of Williamstown. Both parts of the estate were offered for sale in the early 1860s. The Connolly moiety of the estate was bought by William Johnston, a Dublin solicitor, who was one of the creditors. Over 2,000 acres of McDermott property in the baronies of Ballymoe, county Galway and Athlone, county Roscommon, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1863. In the 1870s their estate amounted to 2571 acres.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Springfield House Gortdrishagh Templetogher Glennamaddy Kilcroan 86 Ballymoe Galway OSI Ref: M638 699
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Connolly, 9 Nov 1860, Vol 60, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), McDermott, 24 Apr 1863, Vol 67, MRGS 39/034, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers re property of Owen McDermott, a minor, in Springfield, barony of Ballymoe, Co Galway and in Co Roscommon. (Subsequent owner Mrs Eliza O'Loughlin), 19th cent. M5651(1-2); National Archives of Ireland
  • Springfield House. Photographs. 022/092.; Irish Architectural Archive

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Modern printed sources