Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Roche (Ryehill)

In the late 18th century the Ryehill estate in the parish of Monivea, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway, belonged to a branch of the Redington family of Kilcornan. It was owned by the descendants of Michael Redington, a younger son of Thomas Redington (died 1780) and his wife Margaret Lynch. There was a long legal dispute over ownership of the estate with the Kilcornan branch of the family. Thomas Redington, son of Michael, died in 1828 without a male heir and his estate passed to his daughter Eleanor, who had married Stephen Roche of Granagh Castle, county Kilkenny in 1832. Over 800 acres of the Ryehill estate, in which Mrs Eleanor Redington had a life interest, were advertised for sale by James Balfe or his assignee Patrick Dignan in 1860. Stephen Roche was the grandson of Stephen Roche and his wife Sarah daughter and co heir of John O'Brien of Moyvanine and Clounties [Cloonty, parishes of Kilmoylan and Shanagolden], county Limerick and it was from the O'Briens that the Roches obtained their county Limerick estate. In the 1870s the Redington Roches owned 3,217 acres in county Galway, 88 acres in county Mayo, 1,166 acres in county Limerick and an estate in county Kilkenny. About 4,000 acres of their county Galway estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board in 1911.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mirehill Mirehill Donaghpatrick Tuam Donaghpatrick 202 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M296 498
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 45
Ryehill Ryehill Demesne Monivea Tuam Ryehill 193 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M537 395
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 46
Movena Mullagh Kilmoylan Rathkeale Lismakeery 123 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R283 466
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe & Dignan, 3 July 1860, Vol 59, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, including account book of rents received for Ryehill belonging to Galway County Council, 1909-1921. Acc. No. 5124; National Library of Ireland
  • Ryehill photos. 040/083; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Roche of Limerick city including will of Stephen Roche 9 Feb 1798 with 9 codicils (T.1190), mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources