Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lynch (Barna)

According to Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' the Barna estate came into the possession of the Lynches through marriage with an O'Halloran heiress in the 17th century and through purchase from the Whaley family. Further additions to their estate were made through marriages with a Blake of Renvyle heiress and a French of Cloghballymore. In the late 18th century a son of Mark Lynch of Barna lived at Cloghballymore and had a daughter Anne who married Maurice Blake of Ballinafad, county Mayo. The Lynches resided at Barna, just west of Galway city. James Hardiman referred to the 'highly improved and elegant seat of Marcus Blake Lynch which for situation and beauty of prospect stands unrivelled'. Before the Famine their estate appears to have been in the Courts. Some of it in the barony of Ballynahinch was sold to the Grahams of county Fermanagh in the early 1840s and some may have transferred into the ownership of the Comyn family through marriage. What was known as the West Barna Estate was sold to Andrew Henry Lynch in 1834. However at the time of Griffith's Valuation the Lynches still retained a large estate in the parishes of Rahoon, barony of Galway and Moyrus, barony of Ballynahinch. By June 1869 their estate of 9,565 acres in the parish of Moyrus was being advertised for sale, 5 of the 8 lots were sold that year. In the early 1870s they owned 4,100 acres in the county and 1,711 in the county of the town of Galway.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Cloghballymore Cloghballymore Killeenavarra Gort Killeenavarra 105 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M398140
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52
Barna Barna Rahoon Galway Barna 44 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M247 237
OS Sheet: 93
Discovery map: 45
Nile Lodge Kilcorkey Rahoon Galway Galway South Urban 47 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M288 247
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • GO MS 180. 358; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Lynch, 18 June & 12 Nov 1869, Vol 95, MRGS 39/046, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Lynch of Barna and Cloghballymore, c 1710- c 1820. GO MS 180: 357-358; National Library of Ireland
  • Barna photos. 022/013; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Cloghballymore. Report for planning. 145/046 & 145/047. ; Irish Architectural Archive
  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, includes grant of administration, Marcus Blake Lynch of Barna, 1829. Small Accs. Index 76, T.3476; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources