Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Taaffe (Woodfield)

Both the Woodfield and Killedan Taaffes were descended from James Taaffe of Greyfield, county Mayo and his wife Mary, granddaughter of Terence MacDonagh. A branch of this family inherited some of the Ferrall lands in county Roscommon and in the 1870s Major Henry Taaffe Ferrall of Moylurg, Boyle, owned 5,140 acres in county Roscommon. In 1876 James Taaffe of Woodfield held an estate of 9030 acres at Woodfield, near Kilkelly, in the parish of Aghamore, barony of Costello, county Mayo. He sold 5808 acres to the Congested Districts' Board on 16 May 1904.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Woodfield Woodfield Aghamore Swineford Kilkelly 107 Costello Mayo OSI Ref: M418 909
OS Sheet: 81
Discovery map: 32
Brooklawn Ishlaun Castlemore Castlereagh Ballaghaderreen 57 Costello Galway OSI Ref: M587 935
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 32
Moylurg House Clogher Eastersnow Boyle Rushfield 37 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: M838986
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Agreement between James Nolan of Loughboy, Co Mayo and Edmund Taaffe of Woodfield, Co Mayo re payment of £200 loan, 24 Dec 1774. D.16,536 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Cos Louth and Sligo and of Greyfield, Brooklawn, Woodfield, Killedan and Ballynegarvey, Co Mayo c 1250-1871. GO MS 171, 323-336; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Co Sligo and of Greyfield, Brooklawn, Woodfield, Killedan, Co Mayo, also Earls of Carlingford and Viscount Taaffe, 1284-1835. GO MS 172, 141-154; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Ballyneglocgh, county Sligo. GO MS 175. 323-330; National Library of Ireland
  • Fr. Martin Heaney Collection, Mayo Abbey. P45/09/03: 73; Tuam Diocesan Archives, Tuam

Contemporary printed sources