Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Howley (Richhill)

The Howleys were a merchant family in Limerick city who purchased Rich Hill in the early 19th century. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Howley held land in the parish of Galbally, barony of Coshlea, William Howley held land in the parish of Cahernarry, barony of Clanwilliam and Serjeant Howley held land in the parish of Grean, barony of Coonagh. Serjeant Howley was later Sir John Howley, First Serjeant in Ireland. Sir John (1789-1866) was the second son of John Howley of Rich Hill and his wife, Amy Bourke of Pallas, county Tipperary. On his retirement in 1865 he was made a Knight. In 1828 he married Sarah, daughter of Stephen Roche of Lota Park, county Cork and they had three daughters, the eldest, Maria, married Alexander J. Mansfield of Morristown Lattin, county Kildare. see,8091,en.pdf In the 1870s Major John Howley of Rich Hill, Lisnagry, county Limerick owned 621 acres in county Limerick, 340 acres in county Clare and 61 acres in county Tipperary. The Ordnance Survey Name Books record John Howley, Esq. as the proprietor of townlands in the parish of Emly, county Tipperary, in 1840.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rich Hill Richhill Stradbally Limerick Ballyvarra 46 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R655 585
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Castleconnell, barony of Clanwilliam, 1942. Limerick North East 10 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Business Records Survey - 5 diaries (Xerox) of J. Howley, Rich Hill, Co Limerick, July 1862-July 1866. Lim 5/1-5; National Archives of Ireland

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