Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Honan (Limerick)

Martin Honan was a large grain exporter in Limerick city. Some sources say he was the son of Matthew Honan a merchant of Limerick city but this is not proven. He was Lord Mayor of Limerick in 1841 and contributed to the developement of the city and to relief during The Famine years. In 1832 he bought the Quinsborough estate of 187 acres from the Quin family. This estate was located near Limerick city but in county Clare. In 1826 Martin Honan married Anne Marie Kane of Whitehall, a house situated close to Quinsborough. Quinsborough house and estate were advertised for sale in 1868 by Thomas Honan Bourke, Martin's nephew. The sale rental gives details of the provisions of Martin Honan's will. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of Martin Honan owned an estate mainly in the parish of Cahernarry but also in the parish of Clonkeen, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Quinsborough Parteen St Patricks Limerick Ballyglass 113 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R575 604
OS Sheet: 63
Discovery map: 58
Coolyhenan House Coolyhenan Clonkeen Limerick Ballysimon 45 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R626 540
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Bourke, 17 Nov 1868, Vol 22, 121-126; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Bourke, 17 Nov 1868, Vol 91 (40), MRGS 39/044, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Catalogue of furniture & effects for sale at Quinsborough, [1944?]. LM1994.0015; Limerick City Museum
  • Correspondence between Mathew Honan of Limerick, George Molineaux of Wolverhampton and John Lane of London re Alderman Shepherd's property in Limerick city, 1782. D 24,124-24,151; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Frederick Honan of Cork descended from Mathew Honan of Glandine, Co. Clare (d. 1709) and to the grandson of the said Frederick, being Mathew Honan of Liverpool, son of Robert Burke Honan, June 15, 1908. Genealogical Office: Ms.111, pp.211-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Honan of Ennis, Co. Clare, 1757 -- 1766. Genealogical Office: Ms.141, p.50 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Abstracts of wills & other documents re Lysaght, Royse, Davis, Honan, Atkins & other families, 17th-19th centuries. Dr E. MacLysaght Collection, Small Accessions Index 52, T.1696, Co.1014, M.372 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources