Landed Estates
NUI Galway

O'Grady (Kilballyowen)

This was the senior family of O'Grady in Munster. This family was located in the Kilballyowen area of county Limerick from the 14th century. They intermarried with the Quins of Adare, De Courcys and the Wallers. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the estate of De Courcey O'Grady was located in the parishes of Ballynamona, Kilcullane and Knockainy, barony of Smallcounty and in Kilscannell, barony of Connello Lower, Ardagh, barony of Shanid, Abbeyfeale and Grange, barony of Glenquin. Over 2,600 acres in the baronies of Connello Lower and Glenquin belonging to De Courcy O'Grady were advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in the early 1850s. The rental of the life estate of Henry Blakeney O'Grady in the lands of Clogheen, barony of Cork, county Cork, was advertised for sale four times in 1868 and 1869, a portion having been sold to Messers. O'Connell and O'Shaughnessy, in 1867. This county Cork property was held from Viscount de Vesci. In the 1870s the estate amounted to 1,943 acres in county Limerick. Over 200 acres in West Carbery, as well as lands in counties Kilkenny and Westmeath, the property of Elizabeth O'Grady (deceased), were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in 1876. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, the Cork lands had been the property of De Courcy O'Grady.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Fort Etna Fortetna Killonahan Croom Crecora Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R522 491
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 65
Kilballyowen Kilballyowen Knocknagaul Kilmallock Knockainy 23 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R655 365
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Grady, 15 Nov 1850, Vol 3 (42) & 9 Dec 1851, Vol 12 (23), MRGS 39/001 & 39/005, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers of The O’Grady, Kilballyowen, photocopies of correspondence & miscellaneous papers re the Plan of Campaigne & concerning the estate of The O'Grady at Bruff, circa 1886-1904. MS 22,461 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of O’Grady of Kilballyowen, Co Limerick, Fassaghmore, Finnagh & Tomgrany, Co Clare, Dublin & London, c 1300-1849. GO MS 175:314-324, 439-459; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of O’Grady of Kilballyowen c 1650-1700. GO MS 164:159; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes & abstracts re O’Grady family of Kilballyowen, mainly early 17th century. Prim Mss No 90; National Archives of Ireland
  • Pocket book & personal diary of [James Waller O’Grady, Rathfreeda, Newcastle West, Co Limerick] May-Dec 1862. MS 14,120; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Bruff, barony of Small County, 1944. Limerick North East 6 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Printed pamphlet entitled "The Plan of Campaign Illustrated: An account of the Lewis and O'Grady estates'', 1889. LM2009.1204; Limerick City Museum
  • Miscellaneous notes including genealogy re O'Grady of Kilballyowen & Scull families, 17th-18th centuries. J.H.L. Prim Collection, Small Accs Index 63, No 90; National Archives of Ireland
  • Harrison Papers. Indenture concerning the acquisition of lands at Ballycoskery, Co. Cork, by S. H. Harrison, estimate by the Land Commission of the value of his estates and agreement by him to purchase lands at Bantry from S. N. Hutchins and others, together with proceedings in Chancery against De Courcy O'Grady by a number of People in respect of debts and lands in Co. Limerick, 1852 - 1907. MS 8463; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Grady, 24 Apr & 3 July 1868, 5 Feb & 30 Apr 1869, Vols 89 (34), 90 (52), 92 (29), 94 (32), MRGS 39/043 - 39/045, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Grady, (Poulacurrihy), 22 Nov 1867, Vol 87 (46), MRGS 39/042, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • De Vesci Papers, Collection List 89; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), O’Grady, 14 June 1878, Vol 132, MRGS 39/059, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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