Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Macnamara (Moyriesk)

The Macnamaras were settled at Moyriesk, parish of Clooney, barony of Bunratty Upper, county Clare from the 17th century. In 1684 John Macnamara received a grant of 2,370 acres in the barony of Bunratty, including Moyriesk. Colonel Francis Macnamara was Member of Parliament for county Clare 1790-1798. His son was the well known duellist John "Fireball" Macnamara. His hell raising caused the loss of the family estates. In 1837 Lewis writes that Moriesk was bought by the father of Lord Fitzgerald and Vesci from the Macnamaras and that Knopouge Castle, then in the hands of William Scott, formerly belonged to the Macnamaras of Moriesk.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castletown House Muckinish Clooney Ennis Spancelhill 24 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R388 796
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 58
Moyriesk Moyriesk Doora Ennis Spancelhill 24 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R408 773
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 58
Knappogue Castle Knopoge Quin Tulla Quin 145 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R439 717
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • E. Naomi Campbell Collection includes extracts of wills of members of the Macnamara families of Moyriesk, Cratloe, Finloe, Kilrush, Ennis and others. Ms10,418.; National Library of Ireland
  • Twigge Collections, Add. MSS 39259-39270, historical, topographical and genealogical collections relating to Clan Chuiléin "Macnamara's Country" in east Clare. Microfilm copies in Local Studies Centre, Clare County Library, Ennis.; British Library

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Modern printed sources