Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Creagh (Dangan)

This family descend from Pierse Creagh who was Mayor of Limerick in 1651 and died at Dangan, parish of Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper, county Clare, in 1670. In 1666 this Pierse Creagh was granted over 2,700 acres, mainly in the barony of Burren. His great grandson, another Pierse Creagh, married three times and was survived by three sons. The eldest, Robert Creagh of Dangan, was succeeded by his nephews, Richard, and then, Cornelius Creagh of Dangan, who owned over 6,000 acres in county Clare in the 1870s. Most of the Creagh estate was in the barony of Burren, parishes of Killeany and Kilmoon and in the parish of Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper, where they resided. Both Cornelius’s two sons died without successors and the estate passed to their sister Olivia who married Hugh MacNamara Mahon. They assumed the additional surname of Creagh in 1885. In 1906 Mrs McMahon Creagh and Mrs Butler Creagh held over 350 acres of untenanted land and a mansion house valued at £30.10 shillings at Dangan. Weir writes that the Dangan estate was sold in the 1920s and the house demolished in 1948. Lands in the parish of Kilmoon owned by John Fitzstephen Creagh were sold in the Landed Estates Court in June 1868. Some were purchased in trust for the owner by Mr. Lane while others were bought by Augustine Butler.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dangan Dangan Quin Tulla Dangan 143 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R453 758
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 58
Ballyconnoe House Ballyconnoe South Killeany Ballyvaghan Mountelva 8 Burren Clare OSI Ref: M163 001
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 51
Brook Lodge/Dangan Ville Carrowroe Quin Tulla Dangan 143 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R457 775
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Creagh of Bearnagihy & Dangan, c 1690-1790. GO MS 179: 404-405; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Major Hugh Michell MacNamara MacMahon & to Olivia Creagh his wife, sister of Richard Creagh of Dangan, on their assuming name of MacMahon Creagh & arms of Creagh, 6 Feb 1886. GO MS 110: 87-88; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Capt Walter Blake Butler & to Clara Creagh his wife, daughter of Cornelius Creagh of Dangan & sister & co heir of Richard Creagh of Dangan, on their assuming name & arms of Butler Creagh, 2 Sept 1889. GO MS 110: 114-115; National Library of Ireland
  • Affidavit of Cornelius O’Brien, attorney for plaintiff, case Robert Creagh v William Lopdell for recovery of rents of lands of Derreenfahagh & Killymailane, barony of Burren, with opinion by Daniel O’Connell, Nov 1821. MS 17,810 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Sale rental of estate of John F[itzstephen] Creaghe in barony of Burren, 16 June 1868. M.3703 (183); National Archives of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Creagh of Dangan by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Creaghe, 26 June 1868, Vol 90 (20), MRGS 39/044, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Creaghe, 26 June 1868, Vol 22, 13-24; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Irish Tourist Association File, Parish of Quin, 1940s, Clare East 17.; Clare County Library
  • Marriage settlement of Gerald Carige & Cherry Creagh of Dangan, Co Clare, 12 Apr 1785. 999/658/2; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources