Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Comerford

In 1845 Henry Comerford, a merchant of Galway, offered £40,000 for the O'Neill estate at Bunowen, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway but his offer was refused, see sale rental for that estate 1852. Henry Comerford was leasing the house and demesne at Doorus to Count de Bastertot in 1855. At the same time he was leasing a subtantial property in the townland of Rineen to Daniel O'Dea which included a mill. Henry Comerford also held 5 townlands in the parish of Kilcummin and 2 townlands in the parish of Killannin, barony of Moycullen and the townland of Dawros, parish of Kilmoylan, barony of Clare. Pádraig G. Lane writes that he paid over £35,000 for 4,440 acres of land in county Galway in the 1850s, including over a thousand acres from Sir William Gregory at Kinvara and the de Basterot property at Doorus. Griffith's Valuation also records Henry Comerford holding lands in the parishes of Drumcreehy and Kilfenora, barony of Burren, county Clare. Comerford lived in Galway and died in 1861. Lane writes that his property passed to his sons in law. An Isaac Comerford owned 444 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. The ''Return of Proprietors'' published in 1876 records the representatives of Henry Comerford as holding over 2000 acres in county Galway.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Doorus House Doorus Demesne Kinvarradoorus Gort Doorus 103 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M352120
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 52
Rineen Rineen Kinvarradoorus Gort Doorus 103 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M326118
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 52
Ballykeel Ballykeel South Kilfenora Ennistimon Kilfenora 49 Corcomroe Clare OSI Ref: R177 948
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 51

Archival sources

  • Rental of the Comerford estates in Cos Galway & Clare, 1857. Gordon Presentment No 213. M.213; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), O'Neill, 14 May 1852, Vol 15, MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association File, Parish of Kilfenora, Clare North 9; Clare County Library

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Modern printed sources