Landed Estates
NUI Galway

O'Flaherty (Knockbane)

This branch of the O'Flaherty family of Renvyle had an estate in the parish and barony of Moycullen, county Galway, which they bought from Mark Lynch of Drimcong in 1803. The Westport Papers contain a copy of the will of Anthony O'Flaherty of Knockbane dated 28 Dec 1817. He lent money to Henry Blake of Renvyle and was succeeded by his son, another Anthony O'Flaherty, who was a Member of Parliament for Galway city from 1847-1857. Edmund O'Flaherty of Knockbane, a half brother of Anthony, was a friend of William Keogh and of John Sadlier, the banker. In 1854 he disappeared following rumours of his involvement in extensive forgeries. Edmond O'Flaherty of Gortrevagh, Oughterard, owned 2091 acres in the 1870s. Mabel O'Flaherty, sister of Anthony O'Flaherty married Joseph Fitzpatrick and their representatives owned 1,522 acres at Knockbane in the 1870s. The Fitzpatrick estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 31 July 1902.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Knockbane Knockbane Moycullen Galway Slieveaneena 50 Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M193 354
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 45
Gortrevagh Gortrevagh Kilcummin Oughterard Oughterard 170 Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M144 421
OS Sheet: 54
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters from Sir William Gregory, mainly to Edmund O'Flaherty of Knockbane, re political, social and financial matters, c 1851-1854. MSS 15,982-15,984; National Library of Ireland
  • Knockbane photos & press cuttings. 046/082; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Copy will of Edmond O'Flaherty of Gortrevagh, Co Galway, 1833. Acc No 1/265. T.9819; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources