Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Daly (Dunsandle & Carnakelly)

The Daly family of Dunsandle derived from Daly of Carnakelly in the parish of Kiltullagh. They bought the Dunsandle estate from the Clanricarde family in 1708. By the 1870s they owned one of the largest estates in county Galway, amounting to over 33,000 acres and wielded considerable political power throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Denis Daly had married Henrietta Maxwell, heiress of the Earl of Farnham, in the late 18th century. James Daly of Dunsandle is recorded as a resident proprietor in county Galway in 1824 and the owner of lands in the parish of Kilconieron in the 1830s. Parts of the Daly estate were in the parishes of Ballymacward, Clonkeen, Killimordaly and Monivea in the barony of Tiaquin. The family also held lands in the parishes of Fahy, Killimorbologue and Meelick, in the barony of Longford. The family also had connections with the Matthew family of Thomastown, county Tipperary where they acquired an estate including much of the town of Thurles. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Honourable Bowes Daly held land in the parishes of Gaile, baroy of Middlethird and Fertiana, barony of Eliogarty, county Tipperary. In the 1870s the Honourable Bowes Daly owned 1,415 acres in county Tipperary while Lord Dunsandle owned a further 3,514 acres in county Tipperary. Rev. Robert Daly, son of Denis Daly, MP, served as Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel and Waterford from 1843-1872. He was the lessor of property in the parishes of Ballynakill and Kilcaragh, barony of Gaultiere, county Waterford in 1848. Lord Dunsandle accepted an offer on over 1500 acres of his estate from the Congested Districts Board after 1909.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dunsandle Dunsandle Lickerrig Loughrea Kilconierin 122 Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M580217
OS Sheet: 97
Discovery map: 46
Ballynahivnia Ballynahivnia Kilconierin Loughrea Kilconierin 122 Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M559210
OS Sheet: 96, 97
Discovery map: 46
Attymon House Attimonbeg Killimordaly Loughrea Cloonkeen 110 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M593307
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 46
Lismore Castle Lismore Demesne Clonfert Ballinasloe Clonfert 16 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M942160
OS Sheet: 108
Discovery map: 53
Lismore Lismore Demesne Clonfert Ballinasloe Clonfert 16 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M942161
OS Sheet: 108
Discovery map: 53
Carnakelly Carnakelly South Kiltullagh Loughrea Kiltullagh 116 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M567272
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 46
Carrowroe House Carrowroe North Lickerrig Loughrea Kilconierin Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M574239
OS Sheet: 97
Discovery map: 46
Thomastown Castle Thomastown Demesne Relickmurry & Athassel Tipperary Thomastown 165 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R980 372
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 66
Killough Killough Gaile Cashel Gaile 38 Middlethird Tipperary OSI Ref: S110 518
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 66
Grantstown House/Blue Coat School Grantstown Ballynakill Waterford Ballynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S631105
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 76
Grantstown House I Grantstown Ballynakill Waterford Ballynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S633101
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 76
Esker Esker Kiltullagh Loughrea Kiltullagh Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M545259
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Daly of Dunsandle legal and estate papers, LE13 & LE19; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Estate papers of Daly family, Dunsandle, 1760-1900. Accession No. 1684; National Library of Ireland
  • Account books from Dunsandle estate, 1837-45. MSS 7941. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Maps of parts of Lord Dunsandle's estate, with names of tenants, c.1861. 21 F 7. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Mapped survey of part of Dunsandle estate, 1884. MSS 5761. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kilcooley estate of Denis B. Daly, 10 May 1850, Vol 1, MRGS 039/001 (microfilm copy at NUIG). ; National Archives of Ireland
  • 18th & 19th century estate records of the Bowes-Daly family of Dunsandle. 1012; National Archives of Ireland
  • 1785-1908 Deeds, MSS 588; Representative Church Body Library
  • Dunsandle. Photographs. 001/030.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Lismore Papers, sale of lands of Inisbaltry & Dromartin, by Charles Boyle, 3rd Earl of Cork, to trustees [James Daly of Dunsandle and Honora Daly, his wife, daughter of Simon Purdon of Tyreanah], for £412 part of marriage portion of Honora Daly, late in possession of Edward Nagle, Co Clare, 24 & 25 July 1705. MS 6146; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Daly of Killymer, Co. Galway, c.1750 --c. 1850. Genealogical Office: Ms. 176, pp.125-6; National Library of Ireland
  • Copies and abstracts of documents in the Public Record Office of Ireland relating to the Daly family of Co. Galway, mainly wills, inquisitions, decrees of innocents, fiants for pardons, Connaught certificates, etc. 1558-1810. Microfilm copy at National Library of Ireland Daly Papers:, n.4659, p.4647 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Extracts, with some transcripts and copies of portions of the Dunsandle Collection of legal documents with historical reference to County Galway, made by P. J. Kennedy and edited by him. Typescript, 1935. Ms. 5646 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Dunsandle Daly Papers, relating to property in and near Thurles of the Daly family, Barons Dunsandle, 19th c. D. 15,776-850: M. 2887-2924 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of patent creating James Daly of Dunsandle in the County Galway a Baron with the title Baron Dunsandle and Clanconal, June 6, 1845. Genealogical Office: Ms.152, pp.1-4 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Daly Papers:, n.4659, p.4647 Copies and abstracts of documents in the Public Record Office of Ireland relating to the Daly family of Co. Galway, mainly wills, inquisitions, decrees of innocents, fiants for pardons, Connaught certificates, etc. 1558-1810. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Box of documents: land documents of Charles Day [Daly?]Esq. in Galway. Contains several velum documents some with original seals from 1751 (2 from George II). Also documents from early 1800s pertaining to Daly estate in Co. Galway. Box 46; Roscrea Heritage Society Centre, Damer House, Roscrea
  • Papers re the Daly family, Barons Dunsandle, including correspondence re estate matters, 1754, 1875-1895, 1905. Accession No. 5771; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources