Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lyons (Croom)

The Lyne or Lyons family were established in Croom, county Limerick, by the beginning of the 18th century. In 1779 Denis Lyons married Christian daughter of Thomas Casey, Member of Parliament and they had 9 children. Two of their sons, James Denis and John, had children. In the 1870s their successors Henry Lyons of Croom House and John Edward Lyons owned 1,665 and 1,329 acres in county Limerick while William Henry Lyons of Cork (and later of Croom Castle) owned 388 acres in county Cork and 1,313 acres in county Limerick. Cussen writes that Henry Lyons married Olivia Montagu, a granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Manchester. His descendants were still resident in Croom until the mid 20th century. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the estate of the Lyons family was in the parishes of Shanagolden, barony of Shanid, Corcomohide, barony of Connello Upper and Croom and Dromin, barony of Coshma. In July 1853 the estate of Christopher Antisell, 198 acres of Kilbreedy otherwise Knocknacree, barony of Smallcounty, was advertised for sale, James Lyons was the tenant.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Croom House Croom Croom Croom Croom 16 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R511 411
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 65
Islandmore Tooreen Croom Croom Croom 16 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R518 401
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 65
Croom Castle Croom Croom Croom Croom 16 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R512 408
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 65
Dunnaman Dunnaman Croom Croom Dunnaman 4 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R473 422
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • 16 deeds re Fitzgibbon, Monsell, Lyons, Cudmore & Massy families, including will of R. Chappell Whaley, 1768, 1742-1854. D 6597-6612; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of James Denis Lyons & to his grandson Capt James Denis Lyons, son of Henry Lyons, all of Croom House, Co Limerick, 28 July 1908. GO MS 111:221-222; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Burke), Antisell, 15 July 1853, Vol 35; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Croom, barony of Coshma, 1943. Limerick North East 11; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Croom House, 1920. Ref. 1993.0169; Limerick City Museum
  • Papers of Barry family of Springvale, Ballyneety, Co Limerick & Leamlara, Co Cork, mainly relating to the Sandville branch of the Barry family & the activities of James Grene Barry, includes reference to purchase of land from Henry Lyons of Croom Castle, mainly 19th century. P20; University of Limerick: Special Collections and Information Services, Glucksman Library
  • Rental of the lands of Croom, barony of Coshma, held in fee with Landed Estate Court Title. The rental states that the estate which included Croom House & mill & Croom Castle & demesne was sold in 1867 for £28,500, post 1875. D 8257-8344 (folder of undated items); National Library of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes plain copy will of Christina Lyons of Croom, 22 Jan 1823. Also Scully testamentary papers. Small Accs. Index 105, T.12,022, T.12,023-7; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources