Sheedy Macnamara of Glenomera, Clare

Glenomera/ Glenomara  ‘Gleann Omra’, Glenomeara, Glanomara/Glanomera,  Castle of Aherina, Sheedy-Macnamara Woods, Killokennedy, Glenomeara map Clare Ireland

  • Townland: Ballyquinmore
  • Civil Parish: Killokennedy
  • Poor Law Union:   Limerick
  • Baroney : Tulla Lower
  • County:   Clare



Sheedy Macnamara: 

  • 1580  Castle Glenomera owned by  Turlogh, son of  Daniel Roe MacNamara*.
  • 1650’s – Glenomera (lands) owned by Arthur family (source: LandedEstates)
    • 1691 – Daniel Sheedy Macnamara living – son of Sioda Macnamara, grandson of Florence Macnamara.
    • 1755  Marriage of Daniel MACNAMARA of N/R and Honor Maccarthy of N/R on 8 September 1755, ST FINBARR’S STH, CORK , – SOUTH PARISH. No witnesses listed:  Source: cork & finbarr’s sth, cork.p4778.00143.pdf1762  – son JOHN SHEEDY Macnamara christened RC ST Finbarr’s South, Cork, son of Daniel Sheedy ‘alias Macnamara‘ and wife Mary McCarthy.Sponsors: Edmund McCabe and Bridget Murphy. Source:
    • 1766 – Daniel Sheedy resident of  Newport Kilcomenty Parish, Union of Killnarath, Tipperary, Ireland (source: 1766 Census – Incomplete)
    • 1787Daniel Sheedy and Michael Sheedy of Beahaglass, farmers with William Wall:   “Committed to our county jail, the 12th inst. by Thomas L’Estrange, Esq – Jeremiah Wall, charged on oath, with having, with others, feloniously drove, from off the lands of Beahaglass, ten lambs, value 4|.10s. one cow and one heifer, value six pounds sterling, the property of William Wall, Michael Sheedy,and Daniel Sheedy, farmers. source: Saunders Newsletter, 20 Sep 1787
  • 1788 – ‘Sheedy Macnamara’ of ‘Glanomera’ drowned in the river Shannon on the 17th November 1788, escaping warrant server (source:  Limerick Chronicle, Thursday 20 Nov 1788:

    “Last Monday, Sheedy McNamara, a poor man who lived near Glanomera, being pursued by some persons who had an order at law against him, fled to the Kings Island, and attempted to swim towards Parteen, unfortunately perished.”

  • 1839 – Daniel Sheedy Macnamara  – …his woods at ‘Glanomera’  near Castle of Aherina, to be included in new Petty Sessions district (source:

    1839 Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser, Dec 02 1839. Advertisement:
    “COUNTY OF CLARE. I hereby give notice that an application signed by Five Magistrates of said County has been received by the Magistrates at the last October Sessions at Tulla for the establishment of a Petty Sessions at BROADFORD, in the Parish of KILSILEY, in said Country, for a District bounded as follows: From DANIEL SHEEDY McNAMARA’s WOOD by the old road under the CASTLE OF AHERINA, GLANOMERA, Ballymolony, Killkennedy, Kilbane, Basleane and round to the Red Bridge by the original boundary that divides the District of SIXMILEBRIDGE, taking in on the South sides Clontras, Oatfield, Ballycar, and Glounagruss, by the North side of Freigh to Killally’s bridge: also Kilmore to the point at which the boundary commences, and that such application will be submitted for consideration to the Magistrates assembled at the next General Quarter Sessions of Killaloe, on Friday, the 27th of  December next.
    (signed) WM.KEAN, Clerk of the Peace.”


  • 1845 – Patrick Sheedy arrested O’Briensbridge by police searching for a servant of Kelly of Glenomera (this Patrick Sheedy used the alias Mac on at least one occasion in Australia. Kelly also had a brother at O’Briensbridge. Sheedy, Naughton and one other man were apprehended by a party of police near O’Briensbridge when observed at night carrying bucket of coals. Sheedy and Naughton shot at the party of police whilst the third man escaped.   Both men were arrested and lodged in the Nenagh gaol, prior to sentencing and transportation to Australia.


*Gleann Omra – The district of Gleann Omra was known as the country  of the O’Kennedys, who bore the tribe name of Sliocht Donchuain.  It is exactly co-extensive with the parish of Killokennedy.  The O’Kennedys were driven out of this territory by the MacNamaras during the struggles between the descendants of Turlogh and Brian Roe O’Brien….The parish church, called after their name Killokennedy is long since in ruins, but it is surrounded by a burial ground largely availed of by the country people around. A disused grave- yard is also found in the parish, as well as three holy wells, dedicated respectively to St. Cronan, St. Slaney, and to certain nuns (Tobernamanrielta)…The remains of one castle, that of Glenomera now entirely destroyed, existed in the district. It was the property in 1580 of Turlogh, son of  Daniel Roc MacNamara…”

source: The history and topography of the county of Clare, from the earliest times to the beginning of the 18th century  (pub. 1893 by James Frost)

” The rental of MacNamara in the territory of Glen (Glanomera), viz : fourteen ounces in the townland of the red earl (?) ; fourteen ounces in Ballyquin ; fourteen ounces in Ballymuldowny ; (Ballymoloney, ) and the share of the two-third from said places is charged upon the quarter of Drynaghbeg (Aharinaghbeg) ; fourteen ounces in Crean ; fourteen ounces in Cloonyconry ; fourteen ounces in Formoyle ; fourteen ounces in Cloontragh –  fourteen ounces in Ardskeagh ; fourteen ounces in Cloon- gaheen ; and food once a year in the free lands of that place. ”    source: The history and topography of the county of Clare, from the earliest times to the beginning of the 18th century  (pub. 1893 by James Frost)


[1] Sioda: According to a description of the County Clare, preserved in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, Clann Coilein (situate in the western portion of that county), the territory of the MacNamara, known as the “MacNamara Fionn,” comprised the following parishes: Killaloe, Aglish, Killurin, Kilkeady, Kilbrooney, Tullagh, Moynoe, Kilnoe, Killokennedy, Kiltrinanela, Feakle, Kilfinaghty, and Inishcaltragh. Source:


Glenomera was the seat of the Arthur family from the mid 17th century until the early 20th century. In 1786, Wilson refers to Ballyquin as “the fine seat of Mr. Arthur”. It is labelled Ballyquin House on the 1st edtion Ordnance Survey map but as Glenomera on the later 25-inch edition. Lewis wrote in 1837 that Glenomera was “celebrated as a shooting station for grouse and pheasant”. It was held in fee by Thomas Arthur at the time of Griffith’s Valuation and valued at £35. The house is now demolished.  Source: LANDED ESTATES