Author Archive | Donal G. Burke

Madden of Esker and Killaltanagh

© Donal G. Burke 2017 A minor and obscure family of the O Maddens of Síl Anmchadha (ie. the barony of Longford in the east of Galway) was based on the lands of Esker and Killaltanagh in the parish of Clonfert in the late medieval period. Donogh mcCogh ‘of Easker’ was among numerous O Maddens […]

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Madden of Curraghboy and Fahy

© Donal G. Burke 2017 Richard Monck, the old friend and former Latin and Irish tutor of the antiquary John O Donovan visited the house of Laurence Madden of Fahy in March of 1843.[i] Monck was permitted to browse through Madden’s family papers and from that source Monck described him as the son of John […]

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Madden of Derryhoran

© Donal G. Burke 2017 By the early eighteenth century, a prominent family of the Maddens was seated at Derryhoran, in the parish of Meelick, to the south of the County Galway village of Eyrecourt. The Derryhoran family descend from that of Kilmacshane in the neighbouring parish of Clonfert, through the person of Owen Madden […]

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Kilconnell friary

© Donal G. Burke 2017 The following is a selection of the memorials erected at the former Franciscan friary of Kilconnell. Various memorials in this friary were recorded in Volumes 1 and 2 of the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland and in Volumes 1 and […]

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Kilconnell wayside cross

© Donal G. Burke 2017 About 1905 the noted antiquary Lord Walter Fitzgerald recorded that ‘at the junction of two roads, where they enter the village of Kilconnell from the Woodlawn direction, on a base of rough mason-work forming three steps, stands a slender limestone cross. The shaft is octagonal, and resembles a window mullion; […]

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Doon graveyard, Eyrecourt

© Donal G. Burke 2015 Located to the north of the village of Eyrecourt in the townland of Eyrecourt Demesne, this graveyard lies about the ruins of Donanaghta church on the south eastern slope of Redmount Hill. The following is a selection of the older and notable headstones and funerary monuments erected therein.   ‘In […]

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Meelick friary church

I Existing memorials and tablets within church and ruins of side chapels This stone, in Latin, at the base of the East gable of the friary church, reads ‘Here lies Dominus Joannes Morus, ‘miles’, my grandfather, who died in the month of May 1631. Also here lies D. Margareta More alias de Burgo, my wife, […]

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Darcy of Kiltullagh, etc.

© Donal G. Burke 2015 While the Darcy family was established and rose to prominence in the late medieval period in the town of Galway, a branch of the family came to be established at Kiltullagh in the parish of Athenry by the seventeenth century. Members of this branch were dispossessed of part of their […]

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Fahy

© Donal G. Burke 2016 Dr. Edward MacLysaght in his ‘Irish Families, Their Names, Arms and Origins’ stated that Fahy is ‘almost exclusively a County Galway name, though it is also to be found in the areas bordering that county, such as north Tipperary and in Dublin.’[i] He described them as ‘a sept of the […]

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Ledgett

© Donal G. Burke 2015 There are few surviving references to members of the Ledgett family in east Galway. Those few records indicate that the family were Protestant, of the Anglican Church of Ireland and resident about the parish of Fahy, near the town of Eyrecourt in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. One of the […]

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