Oughterany Vol. I No. 1

Oughterany - Journal of the Donadea Local History Group

  • Oughterany
  • Journal of the Donadea Local History Group
  • Vol. I No. 1 1993
  • Editor - Noel Reid
  • ©1993: Donadea Local History Group
  • ISSN: 0791 - 8291

General information about Oughterany


Introduction 3
Aylmers of Donadea Sir Richard J. Aylmer, Bt 5
The Pale in the Donadea area Seamus Cullen 9
Derrywaddreen - Derrynagun Kevin Lynch 23
Coolcarrigan, the WilsonWright Family Des O’Leary 30
Times Past John P. Lynch 37
My Reminiscences of 1914 - 1923 Patrick O’Keefe 42
Clonshanbo Parish Des O’Leary & Seamus Cullen 51
Timahoe Graveyard Inscriptions Noel Reid 57
Kilcock Graveyard Inscriptions Kevin Lynch 65


Donadea Castle 4
Aylmer Family Pedigree 16
Donadea Section of the Pale 18
Derry - Hortland Islands, Taylor’s Map 24
Coolcarrigan Church 35
Wilson - Wright Family 36
Local Photographs 39
Early Map of Clonshanbo 50
Map showing Ecclesiastical Enclosure 53
Clonshanbo Graveyard 56
Timahoe Graveyard 64
Kilcock Graveyard 76
1739 Proclamation relating to Timahoe 78


Oughterany (upper tribe) is an ancient name for an area of Central North Kildare. The Celtic tribe Cenel n-ucha or Uachtar Fine inhabited the hilly ridge that extends from Cloncurry to Donadea. The feudal Barony of Cloncurry is also known by the name Oughterany which was joined with Ikeathy circa 1600 to form the Barony of Ikeathy and Oughterany, by which name it is still known. Though the use of the term barony has declined over the years to define an area of land, it is still used by the Land Registry Office.

The Donadea Local History Group was formed in 1991. It has met regularly during the winter months for talks, and trips to burial grounds now are a fine weather feature when inscriptions are read and recorded. The Group are concerned with preservation of antiquities of the area and the recording of the past.

Donadea has lost much of its past over the last fifty years, – its Estate house closed and deroofed, now a ruin. The Court House, the Police Station, the Dispensary, the Post Office, all closed down. What is left is more important: a good, friendly group of people who live in the area, a Forest Park and a Church.

When the Demesne was sold in 1935 to the Forestry Commission, it was planted with trees and in 1981 dedicated a Forest Park which now attracts many visitors, to enjoy the Nature Trail and feed the Mallard on the lake. The Church, which contains the ancient Aylmer monument, has a Service each Sunday at 10.15 am.

The Donadea History Group sees the future of the Castle in its preservation as a "Ruin", and the restoration of the farmyard to house an old farm implements museum.

The Committee acknowledge with sincere thanks the help given towards the production of this Journal by Tara Sherry, Sylvia Dempsey, Seamus Tutty, Paul Lynam, Pat Sherry, Michael Kavanagh, Kildare County Library and the contributors.