Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Grehan (Clonmeen)

An estate inherited by the Grehan family of Dublin in the early 19th century. Stephen Grehan (1776-1871) was one of the main beneficiaries of the will of his uncle [by marriage], John Roche of Dublin. In 1809 Stephen Grehan married Margaret Ryan of Inch, county Tipperary. The Grehans were involved in banking. By the time of Griffith's Valuation Stephen's son George held at least eight townlands in the parish of Clonmeen, barony of Duhallow, county Cork and another son, Peter, held lands in the parishes Ballycahill, Moyaliff, Templebeg and Upperchurch, barony of Kilnamanagh Upper, county Tipperary. Peter's surname is spelt Graham not Grehan in Griffith's Valuation for county Tipperary. Over 1,000 acres at Coolroemore was bought in 1857. The Grehans acquired further lands in the barony of East Carbery and in county Tipperary. By the 1870s George Grehan owned an estate of over 7,000 acres in county Cork and his brother, Peter Grehan of 19 Rutland Square, Dublin, owned 1,875 acres in county Tipperary. John Therry was agent to this estate in the late 19th century. A large collection of estate and family papers documenting the Grehans and their property is located in the Boole Library, University College, Cork. The Grehans sold Clonmeen in 1975. Lands leased by George Gre[n]an to Mary Fitzgerald in 1856 were advertised for sale in October 1883, the estate of John Fitzgerald.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Springvale Springvale Kildorrery Mitchelstown Kildorrery 292 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R695 131
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73
Clonmeen House Gougane Clonmeen Kanturk Clonmeen 162 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W414 985
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 80
Clonmeen Lodge Gougane Clonmeen Kanturk Clonmeen 162 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W413 987
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 80
Gortkelly Castle Gortkelly Upperchurch Thurles Gortkelly Kilnamanagh Upper Tipperary OSI Ref: S016 608
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • Grehan Family Papers 1779-1975, BL/EP/G/; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Fitzgerald, 11 Oct 1883, Vol 145 (46), MRGS 39/064, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Nagle & Curtin, (Coolroemore), 26 Sept 1857, Vol 47 (32), MRGS 39/023, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey, Parishes of Clonmeen and Kildorrery; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources