Landed Estates
University of Galway

Kirwan (Dalgan)

This junior branch of the Kirwans of Cregg Castle, county Galway, were merchants in the city of Galway, who received grants of lands, over 3,000 acres, in the parishes of Kilcolman and Mayo Abbey, barony of Clanmorris, county Mayo, under the Acts of Settlement. They bought the Dalgan estate from the Earl of Clanricarde in 1771 and so acquired lands in the parishes of Kilmainemore, Moorgagagh and Shrule, barony of Kilmaine, and in the parish of Toomore, barony of Gallen. At the beginning of the 19th century they moved their main family residence from Claremount on the outskirts of Claremorris to Dalgan near the village of Shrule. In 1853 the entire estate of Patrick Kirwan was sold in the Encumbered Estates' Court for £48,300. The purchaser was the Duke of Bedford on behalf or in trust for Lady de Clifford. The Kirwan family moved to Gelston Castle in Scotland.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dalgan Dalgan Demesne Shrule Ballinrobe Dalgan 32 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M297 543
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 38
Claremount Claremount Kilcolman Claremorris Claremorris 88 Clanmorris Mayo OSI Ref: M339 783
OS Sheet: 101
Discovery map: 39
Brookhill Brookhill Crossboyne Claremorris Crossboyne 77 Clanmorris Mayo OSI Ref: M332 732
OS Sheet: 101
Discovery map: 39
Dalysfort Cahernaheeny Kilkilvery Tuam Headford 203 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M288 477
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kirwan, 17 Nov 1853, Vol 25, MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree Kirwan of Dalgan Park and abstract of title of Patrick Kirwan to three Maces, Ballinpull and Ballybreheney, [parish of Kilcolman], barony of Clanmorris, c 1842. MS 4585; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Kirwan of Galway, of Ballintobber, co Mayo and Bordeaux, France, c 1500-1766. GO MS 165, 40-3; National Library of Ireland
  • John Kirwan appellant v Sir Walter Blake re marriage articles and lands in Cloneen, barony of Carra, Kinlough, barony of Kilmaine and Ballidonough, half barony of Ross, Co Galway, Respondents’ case, June 1721. House of Lords Appeals Vol 4; King's Inn Library
  • Decree of Kirwan family of Dalgan, re inheritance of lands in barony of Clanmorris, 1842. MS4585; National Library of Ireland
  • For archival records in private possession and in Dumbries and Galloway Archives re the Kirwan's Scottish estate, see National Register of Archives NRA; Private Possession
  • Maps of the estate of the Kirwans of Dalgan. G1833.M3B6 1852 vault, Geography and Map Division; American Library of Congress
  • Records relating to the Dalgan Park estate; Archives of the Columban Fathers, Dalgan Park, Navan
  • Dalgan, Shrule, photos. 047/028 Dalgan Park photos. 039/024; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Deed releasing jointure under settlement 1805, Patrick Kirwan of Dalgan & Dorothea Maria Fitzgerald, 10 July 1837. Small Accs. Index 61, D.6383; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. Parish of Shrule. ITA/3/22; Mayo County Library
  • Volume of maps of estate of Charles L. Kirwan in Cos Galway & Mayo 1852. 1078/7; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources