Author Archive | Donal G. Burke

Kiltormer church

© Donal G. Burke 2015 Kiltormer in the early twentieth-first century is a parish and village in the barony of Longford in the east of County Galway, in what was in the late medieval period Síl Anmchadha, the ancestral territory of the O Maddens. Samuel Lewis in his 1837 ‘Topographical Dictionary of Ireland’ gave the […]

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Graveyard burials

© Donal G. Burke 2015 The churchyard about the late seventeenth century Protestant church at Eyrecourt in the parish of Donanaughta in east Galway appears to have continued in use into the nineteenth century as a burial ground serving the local Anglican Church of Ireland population. Given its high status location, a burial vault constructed […]

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Eyre’s church, Eyrecourt

© Donal G. Burke 2015 The oldest surviving church constructed specifically for the use of the Protestant Church in the east of County Galway is that erected in what would become the village of Eyrecourt at the expense of the Cromwellian Captain John Eyre.[i] Its founder had been the beneficiary of significant lands granted by […]

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Cuolahan

© Donal G. Burke 2015 With the exception of the senior branches of the O Maddens, the MacCuolahans, formed one of the four main constituent families owing services and dues to the ruling O Madden chieftain in the late medieval period. Their ancestral lands at that time lay in Lusmagh on the eastern bank of […]

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Kelly of Kellysgrove

© Donal G. Burke 2015 The Kelly family established as a landholding family in the townland of Kellysgrove, south of the town of Ballinasloe in east Galway from the mid seventeenth to the mid nineteenth century were of a different origin to the O Kellys of Uí Maine and are more correctly Kealys or Keallys. […]

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Horan

© Donal G. Burke 2015 Edward MacLysaght, writing in the mid-twentieth century in his ‘Irish Families, Their Names, Arms and Origins,’ stated that ‘the true sept of O Horan originated in County Galway whence they spread to County Mayo and are now fairly numerous in those Connacht counties.’ The arms of ‘O Horan of County […]

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Lyons

© Donal G. Burke 2015 There is some confusion with regard to the original form in the Irish language of the surname Anglicised as Lyons. At least two similar but distinct Irish families originated in what would later be County Galway, one based near the modern village of Ahascragh in the east of that county […]

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Comyn of Ballinderry, Kilconnell

© Donal G. Burke 2015 Andrew Comyn of Ryefield, Elphin, in the barony of Frenchpark, County Roscommon married Sabina Ward, sister and heiress of Lewis Ward of Ballymacward and Ballinderry House, Kilconnell in County Galway in 1786 and through this marriage the Comyn family came to be established in the east of County Galway in […]

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St. Joseph’s College, Garbally

© Donal G. Burke 2014 The arms of ‘Sable a falcon preying on a mallard Argent between two St. Joseph lilies Proper on a chief arched Azure two crosiers in saltire Or,’ together with the motto ‘Fide et Fortitudine,’ were confirmed by Gerard Slevin, Chief Herald of Ireland as those of St. Joseph’s College, Garbally, […]

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