Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Athy family were one of the original Tribes of Galway. Their estate was mainly centred around the parish of Oranmore through marriage into the Lynch family of Rinville. Phillip Lynch Athy is recorded as a resident proprietor in 1824. In 1855 Randal Athy was the owner of Rinville House, parish of Oranmore, barony of Dunkellin and was leasing another house at Cottage, parish of Ballynacourty to the Ryan family. Large portions of the estate were advertised for sale in the Encumbered estates court in 1857. In the 1870s the Athy family held over 1400 acres in county Galway. In 1906 Edmond J. Athy was the owner of over 650 acres of untenanted demesne land at Rinville West as well as the mansion there.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rinville House Rinville West Oranmore Galway Clarinbridge 55 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M353225
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Cottage (Dunkellin) Cottage Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M371211
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Rinville Lodge Rinville West Oranmore Galway Clarinbridge Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M368231
OS Sheet: 94, 95
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Lands in Dunkellin barony including Cottage & Renville, 9 July 1857, Vol 47, MRGS 39/023 (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Renville. Photographs 069/018. Catalogue of sale of furnishings, c.1950. RP.D.209.6. ; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Map of part of estate of Randal E.L. Athy in barony of Dunkellin. M.6024; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources