Landed Estates
University of Galway

Bodkin (Kilcloony)

The Kilcloony estate, parish of Tuam, barony of Dunmore, county Galway, was granted to Edward Bodkin by Francis Bermingham, 21st Baron Athenry and James Daly in 1759. The Bodkin estate included lands in the parishes of Dunmore, Tuam and Liskeevy. The family had close links with Galway city, where they owned Rahoon House. The Bodkin's property in the town of Galway was advertised for sale in 1850. An 18th century member of the family was Valentine Bodkin, Warden of Galway. John J. Bodkin was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Fohanagh, barony of Kilconnell, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. His property in that area included a steward's house valued at £3 and 600 acres which were leased to Thomas O'Connor. John J. Bodkin was a Member of Parliament for county Galway from 1835 to 1847. In the 1870s his son, John Bodkin, owned 2,312 acres in county Galway. The Kilcloony estate was bought by the Irish Land Purchase and Settlement Company in 1884 for £43,000. Mohr writes that this was the only purchase of the company. Charles Stewart Parnell was its Chairman. Thomas Bodkin became Director of the National Gallery in the mid 20th century. see


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rahoon House Rahoon Rahoon Galway Barna 44 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M272 253
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45
Pallas Pallas Fohanagh Mountbellew Annagh 143 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M728389
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 47
Quarrymount Quarrymount Dunmore Tuam Doonbally 196 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M423 611
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 39
Siller House Kilcloony Tuam Tuam Doonbally 196 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M432 603
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Bodkin, 6 June 1884, Vol 147, MRGS 39/065, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Documents relating to Bodkin property in city and county of Galway, 1676. M.6863; National Archives of Ireland
  • Glynn Notebook, copies of deeds and documents re the Bodkin family, Tuam area, 17th & 18th centuries. MS 4183; National Library of Ireland
  • 33 deeds re affairs of Bodkin & Clarke families, Co Galway, 17th-19th centuries. D 10,266-10,298; National Library of Ireland
  • Bodkin Papers, papers and photographs re family of Bodkin of Tuam, especially Thomas Bodkin, Director of the National Gallery, 1820-1985. Private Accessions No. 1155; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rental, Bodkin, 5 Aug 1850, Galway Town. D1052; Galway County Library
  • Ordnance Survey maps showing lands in non congested districts: Kilcloony estate, 529 acres in barony of Dunmore, Co Galway, 1907. 15.A.23(12); National Library of Ireland
  • Will of John Bermingham, 1802. T.10823; National Archives of Ireland
  • Quarrymount photos & document entitled "Quarrymount House, an uncertain future". 054/011; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources