County Clare – Ireland




  •  Map of County Clare



    Ireland has suffered many catastrophes and severe hardships in its time including the invasion by Oliver Cromwell and its effects as well as a number of severe famines.

    Oliver Cromwell landed in Ireland from England in 1649 with his New Model Army and savaged the Catholics and Royalists. Under brutal  punitive terms of surrender mass confiscation of all Irish Catholic owned land occurred. In addition many thousands of the population were sent to The West Indies or New England in America as indentured servants or slaves.

    Cromwell's army would have passed what were the Lane farms some 150 years later.

    These confiscated lands in Ireland were in part distributed to some 12000 soldiers and adventurers as they had not been paid for some eighteen months and England was unable to pay their wages.
    This huge turmoil resulted in the Irish Landowners and their tenants being banished or transplanted to the province of Connacht and County Clare. They had to transplant themselves, their families, dependents, livestock and goods before the 1st May, 1654.  The penalty for not transplanting was death by hanging.

    No event in Irish history had a more emotional effect on Irish national feeling than the Great Famine of 1845-1849.

    The continual disastrous failure of the potato crop, due to a killer tuber-rotting fungus Phytophthora Infestans , known as the Potato Blight , had by February, 1846 struck every county in Ireland and destroyed three-quarters of the country's crop.

    Conditions in Ireland up until that time were poor and travellers often commented on the extreme misery of the poorest Irish peasant. He lived off a tiny piece of land for which he paid such a high rent that almost all, and sometimes all, the cereal crops he grew on it had to be sold to pay the rent, with the result that the farmer and his family subsisted on a plot of potatoes which became the staple diet for the people of Ireland.

    This situation had become increasingly precarious during the first four decades of the nineteenth century, which had seen a vast population explosion in Ireland. The population of Ireland in 1800 was estimated at 4.5 million however this had increased to 8 million by 1841.

    The pressure of this vast increase of people on the land became a serious problem as land became subdivided into smaller and smaller plots on which increasingly people subsisted mainly on potatoes.

    The crop failed due to the disease for four successive years.

    Deaths from starvation in Ireland during the Famine years 1845-1849 have been estimated at approximately one million people. These were mostly peasant farmers and their families, who starved to death.. 

    In 1846, the rate of ‘famine’ burials in East Clare from the infamous workhouse at Scariff, not all that far from Shravokee, was so great, that the existing graveyards were filled to capacity.

    A contemporary account published in the Limerick Chronicle of January 6th 1847, tells its own story.
     ‘The Workhouse at Scariff County Clare is so overcrowded with paupers, that a disease almost amounting to a plague has broken out amongst its inmates – the deaths averaging from four to twelve daily. It is horrifying to behold a donkey cart laden with five and six bodies piled over each other, going to be interred, and not a person attending the wretched cortege except the driver. The graves are so dug that the coffins are barely covered with earth, rendering the air infected. No coroner’s inquests have been held.’

    The Great Famine rocked Clare society to its foundations.  In 1841, almost 25,000 Clare families lived in one-room mud cabins with inadequate ventilation and scant protection from the elements.  This accounted for sixty percent of all registered houses in Clare.  These homes were to become the primary victims of the famine tragedy, as hunger, disease, and emigration coincided to rid the area of entire communities. In the grim decade 1841-1851, the population of Clare fell by twenty-five percent. In all, about thirteen thousand Clare homes became uninhabited during the famine decade.  The anguish of Clare's famine victims is graphically described in a plea sent on their behalf to the Assistant Secretary to the Treasury, Charles Trevelyan, and the Board of Works in Dublin by a Captain Wynne in December 1846:

    Although a man not easily moved, I confess myself unmanned by the intensity and extent of the suffering I witnessed more especially among the women and little children, crowds of whom were to be seen scattered over the turnip fields like a flock of banished crows, devouring the raw turnips, mothers half-naked, shivering in the snow and sleet, muttering exclamations of despair, while their children were screaming with hunger.

    At Ennis, also in County Clare, during the Famine period Marcus Keane was a notorious Land Agent who acted with untold brutality on behalf of Landlords and specialised in clearing the land of tenants. The Landlords realised there was more money to be made out of raising cattle for export than in keeping starving tenant farmers,  Keane had control of some 60000 acres and levelled as many as 500 homes on behalf of his clients.
    From 1847 to 1850 more than 14000 people (2700 families) were evicted in the Kilrush Union alone.
    Evicted tenants had few options, the prospect of being admitted to the workhouse was tantamount to a slow death, with cholera, malnutrition and family brake up part of the destitute package.
    Many chose to brave the elements by making temporary shelters in bog holes, behind stone walls, or in ditches using the remnants of their homes as makeshift shelters.  

    In County Galway, it was reported that there were dead bodies everywhere and that every village had bodies lying unburied for many days. The streets were daily thronged with moving skeletons and the fields were strewn with the dead. Food riots were occurring in every County due to the population starving. Typhus was soon raging throughout Ireland resulting in many deaths.

    In the period 1846 to 1847 people died in their hundreds of thousands of starvation and fever - one quarter of the population of Ireland died in those two years.
    One sad fact is that Ireland produced enough corn in those two years to feed the whole country but it was all exported by the English landholders whilst  the peasantry were dying of hunger.

    The conditions in the area around Clonlara and Shravokee were no better.

    It was in this context that mass emigration occurred with people leaving from every port in Ireland. In 1847, some 250,000 people left Ireland and the rate was to continue at that level and sometimes higher for the next four years. Many of them travelled to the United States, Canada and also Australia where they were to profoundly influence the societies into which they were absorbed.


    The circumstances of the Lane Family before and during the famine period are not known.

    Irish farmers were not permitted to own land and operated as tenant farmers paying rent to landowners which in the main were English who were rewarded with lands by Cromwell.

    The various Lane Families from 1824 appear to have had more than reasonable holdings enabling them to survive.
    In addition they were Tenant Farmers to the Barrington Family who had the
    Annaghbeg Estate which was a very large farming area.

    Sir Matthew Barrington, 1788 - 1861
    was by all accounts an excellent landlord to his Catholic Tenants, not at all common in Ireland at that time.
    During the Great Famine, he gave his tenants a reduction in their rents and in many cases did not exact any payments. 

    This perhaps resulted in loyalty from his tenant farmers as the Doonass Catholic Parish Registers noted that in 1853 a substantial number of tenants on the Estate voted for Colonel Vandeleur, a noted Tory who was against Home Rule for the Irish, in a controversial election for County Clare..
    These included from Shrankee (Shravokee)
     Michael Moloney,
     Tom Lane,
     Tommy Lane,
    James Lane
    James McCormack,
     Patt Mulqueeny
    as well as John Madden, Michael McCormack and Daniel Madden all from Gurrane who were neighbors..
    This would have been a big decision for these tenant farmers to make as at the time in County Clare the Catholic Clergy were becoming extremely active in local political affairs.
    Many Landlords believed they had the right to tell their tenants how to vote.
    In addition many tenant farmers were caught in the middle between the Church and their landlord but in a lot of cases had to vote in accordance with the landlords wishes or face eviction.
    Some tenants were of the opinion they must obey their landlord when they have a good landlord, as a mark of respect.
    By making a note in the Church Registry clearly the Parish Priest in this case was not happy.  

    The following web site gives a brief history on the Barrington family.

    The two Thomas Lane(s) were Tenant Farmers with reasonable holdings of 1st and 2nd Grade Land near the River Shannon as shown in the Tithe Applotment Books of 1824.
    These holdings were farmed in a partnership arrangement where families or friends pooled their resources to achieve economy of scale.
    The 1841 census revealed that 88%of farms in County Clare were between one and fifteen acres. It was estimated 80,000 families in Clare held an average of four acres.
    Indications were that the critical farm threshold for an income above subsistence level was 20 acres, which was the reason many where possible pooled their resources to form a partnership.

    This period was the lead up to the Great Famine and small farms, large families and the potato as a staple food had a huge affect.

    The 1841 Census reveals the Barony of Tully Lower, which included the area where Shravokee is located, had a total of 5032 houses of which 38% were one room thatched roof houses.

    We know from the obituary of Michael Lane, of Koroit in Victoria in 1912,  that his father, Thomas Lane b1818, wanted to settle him on a farm prior to him coming in 1861 to Australia, but he came to Australia instead, leaving us to think the family were in reasonable circumstances.
    One would think that the obituary would be correct as most of Michael Lane's neighbors and friends originated from the same area in County Clare.

    The Lane family came from the Town land of Shravokee near Clonlara, County Clare in the south west of Ireland, a few miles north of Limerick City overlooking the River Shannon.
    Clonlara was once known as Doonas and many places in the village and surrounds, including the Falls of Doonas on the River Shannon between Limerick and Killaloe, are still called by this name.

    Doonas or Dun Ease means the Fort of the Rapids. In 1841, the population of the rural districts was 4016 with 629 houses.

    Various newspaper obituaries of the early Lane families and other families around Koroit, Victoria in Australia confirm they came from Shravokee in the Parish of Doonas in County Clare.

    It must be remembered that the English ruled Ireland in those days and had a number of unusual terminology’s relating to the areas of the country and of course, many of the people used the old Catholic Church Terminology.


    We are fortunate in that three gravestones survive in a very small cemetery "Teampall Mochulla", which is a matter of a few hundred meters from where the Lane Families farmed give some idea of the Family History.

    1. LANE.
    There is a headstone in the Lane Cemetery at Teampail near the 1855 Lane Farms listed in the Griffiths Valuation.

    It reads -:

    and their COUSIN

    in memory of
    who departed this life
    10th February 1855
    aged 45 years

    This headstone links the Lanes who held land in the Griffiths Valuation of 1855 in Shravokee, Garraun & Quinpool North..

    The property which James Lane held, was after probate, passed to his wife Anne Lane (Malone).
    This would be the farm listed as
    House 8 below in the 1901 Census for Srawickeen (Cappavilla, Clare).
    Margaret Lane & Mary Anne Lane who came to Australia and married the Gleeson Brothers were Grandchildren.

    The Thomas Lane's listed on the Headstone are believed to be Thomas Lane (Mulqueeney) and Thomas Lane (Moloney) who both occupied farms at Srawickeen .These areas were called Shravokee and Mt.O'Donnell at the time of the Tithe in 1824.

    The Patrick Lane listed is probably Pat Lane of Quinpool.    
    The Griffiths Valuation shows that Patrick Lane shared 21 acres at Garraun with Michael Madden.
    On December 6th, 1851 Michael Madden of Quinpool married Margaret Malone of Shravokee.
    Witnesses were Patt Lane & Anne Lane of Shravokee.   

    Ann Lane (Malone) and Margaret Malone were both from Shravokee and would have been sisters.

    This headstone also explains the change in ownership of the farm of James Lane to Anne Lane in the two Landed Estate Sales Documents of 1851 and 1856. The reports cover the sale of the Annaghbeg Estate.

    This headstone covers the wife of Patrick Lane 0f Quinpool.

    2. LANE
    Erected by Patrick Lane in memory of his beloved wife Ellen Lane who died on 10/?/1878 aged 60 years.

    3. LANE
    This is a replacement tombstone)

    In loving memory of Michael Lane b1788, His wife Catherine.

    Thomas died 25 Aug. 1891, aged 73 yrs. His wife Elizabeth died 29 Nov. 1895, aged 75 yrs.

    Thomas died 23 Oct., 1895, aged 56 yrs. His wife Mary died Feb. 1923, aged 80 yrs.

    Rev. James Lane (brother of Thomas), died 24 Jan. 1877, aged 31 yrs.

    John died 27 Feb. 1934, aged 54 yrs. His wife Ellen died 12 Dec. 1978 aged 90 yrs.

    John died 22 May, 1982, aged 55 yrs.

    This headstone  relates to our Michael Lane b1788 and his wife Catherine.
    It  was erected by Father Tom Lane and Father Michael Lane, who were the sons of John Lane d1934, with most of the detail taken off old headstones.


    The Tithe Applotment Books of 1824 list the holders of agricultural land in Ireland who had to pay tithes to the Established Church of Ireland ie. the Protestant Church.
    It was a tithe resented by the Roman Catholics of Ireland.

     It  is interesting to note that in the Tithe Applotment Books for the Parish Of Kiltenanlea, which lists occupiers of land in the Parish as at October 24th, 1824 that a Thomas Lane occupied land at Fravoukee sharing with Roger Moloney and Daniel Shaughnessy.
    There is also an entry for the almost the same landholders at Isleland.

    There is another entry for a Thomas Lane occupying land at Mt. Donnell sharing with Pat and John Mulqueeny.

    The place names of Isleland and Mt. Donnell are old local place names which were incorporated into the Townland of Srawickeen for the Griffiths Valuation.

    Mt. O'Donnell is situated within a few hundred meters of Shravokee.

    Shravokee has many spellings possibly due to the English officials not understanding the Irish accents. e.g. Shravokee, Fravoukee, Shraumucky, Shramucky, Shrenmakee, Shamalky,  etc.
    Sometimes the Lane name is spelt as Lane, Lean or Leane.
    These place names with the tenants names also tie in with the Griffiths Valuations of 1851.

    Referring to the original records of Tithe in 1824 and in particular to the Townlands of Gurrane (Garraun), Mt. Donnell, Fravoukee (Shravoukee) and Isleland the records give an insight as to who was occupying land at that time.

    For a list of landholders at the time of The Tithe by Townland refer to Clare Library Web Site -:

    This can be of use when comparing landholders in Griffiths Valuation of 1851 where the names of the townlands had changed.


    1st Grade
    per acre
    2nd Grade
    per acre
    3rd Grade
    per acre
    4th Grade
    per acre
    30 John Malone, Michael Malone
    17 12 4  
        31 Thomas Arthur Esq., James Madden,
    Daniel Madden, John McCormack,
    Widow Greany, Michael Malone, John Malone.
        32 Michael Maloney.
    incl - Bog.
    3 1    
        33 Daniel Madden, James Madden, John Madden.



        34 James Madden 2      
        35 Widow Greany     4  
        36 John McCormack 15 10    
        37 Patrick McCormack, James Cross 13      
    Part of Srawickeen
    38 Patt Mulqueeny, Thomas Lane &
    John Mulqueeny

    17 25 2 44
      FRAVOUKEE 39 Roger Moloney, Thomas Mullon, Daniel Shaughnessy & Partners. 60 87 21 4
      ISLELAND   Thomas Lane, Roger Moloney, & Daniel Shaughnessy 43 7    

    Thomas Lane (Moloney) would also have been one of the partners not listed by name at Fravoukee.(Shravokee).

    The index to Freeholders Registry of County Clare in 1829 showed those freeholders with valuations over $10 who had applied for and were  eligible to vote. Previously valuations of over 40 shillings were allowed to vote. This in effect decreased the number of landholders allowed to vote in elections from 230000 to 16000.

    The register shows the following freeholders applied to be registered -:

    Forename Residence of
    Description of Freehold,
    with names of Barony and
    Townland in which situated
    held at
    Reported in
    Journal of
    Lane Thomas Mount O'Donnell House and Land at Mt O'Donnell
    Tulla Barony.
    10 Ennistimon 8 June,1829 28 May,1829
    Mulqueeny John Mount O'Donnell House and Land at Mt. O'Donnell
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Mulqueeny Patrick Mount O'Donnell House and Land at Mt. O'Donnell
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Leane Thomas Shraumucky House and Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Molony John Shraumucky House and Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Molony Patrick Shraumucky House and Lane at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Malone Thomas Shraumucky House and Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    McCormick Pat Shraumucky House and Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Shaughnessy Daniel Shraumucky House and Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829
    Shaughnessy John Shraumucky House ans Land at Shraumucky
    Tulla Barony
    10 Ennistimon 8 June, 1829 28 May, 1829

    Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny), John Mulqueeny and Patrick Mulqueeny would have been sharing the property in some way at Mount O'Donnell.

    Thomas Leane (Lane), John Molony, Patrick Moloney, Thomas Malone, Pat McCormick, Daniel Shaughnessy and John Shaughnessy would have been sharing the property in some way at  Shraumucky.

    For a list of Registry of Freeholders landholders by Townland refer to Clare Library Web Site -:

    Another interesting web site is :-


    Landed Estate Records. 

    Following the Great Famine in the 1840's many of the Irish Estates, were heavily mortgaged and, due the effects of the famine, the owners, which were mainly English, were unable to meet their obligations.

    Over 7000 estates in Ireland were sold.

    The Encumbered Estates Act of 1849 allowed estates in severe debt to be auctioned off upon petition of creditors or even at the request of bankrupt landlords.
    Land prices tumbled as estates with huge debts were auctioned off at bargain prices to British speculators interested in solely in making a future profit.

    The most spectacular sale at The Encumbered Estate Court was the property of the 3rd Marquis of Donegal which had been in financial difficulties since the late 18th Century.
    When he succeeded to the title in 1844 the new Marquis inherited debts of nearly
    400,000 - fourteen times the annual rental. He had no choice but to let the Encumbered Court to arrange the sale of the remaining 30,000 acres.

    The Annaghbeg Estate.

    Thomas Lane (Moloney), Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) and the other families who are named in the Tithe were tenants of the Annaghbeg Estate.

    At the time of the Griffiths Valuation the Land Owner was shown as the "Representatives of Daniel Barrington".
    He was Clerk of the Crown at Limerick but died in 1842.
    He was married to Anne Williams and was the 2nd son of Sir Joseph Barrington.
    The Barrington Family held very large land holdings in Clare and Limerick.

    The Estate was offered for sale by Thomas William and Croker Barrington,  sale by auction in the Encumbered Estate Court on the 28th June, 1850.

    The Estate of 1187 acres was bought by William Jameson & George White West and was offered for sale again in 1856.

    These sales provide us with further details of these families and their holdings.
    This map shows the complete estate in 1850.

    This map shows the complete Estate in 1856.

    An enlarged view of Lot 2 shows the holdings of the various Lane families. (The various Lane holdings are near Mt.O'Donnell) 
    Some Lane farm buildings can be referenced.
    Note the proximately of the Townlands of Garraun and Cappavilla.

    This map shows where Mt O'Donnell is situated in reference to Schravokee.
    These maps can also be compared to the Griffiths Valuation map.

    The documents in 1850 Lot 2  and Lot 3 and also 1856 show the Rents and Holdings of the following tenants as well as the Terms of their Tenure -:



    Total Holding 1850

    Total Holding !856


    Thomas Lane (Molony) 36 37  
    Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) 31 70  
    James Lane.  21 25 Transferred to Anne Lane -1856
    Michael Moloney 27 38  
    John Moloney 17 187 Large holding Cappavilla - 1856
    Bridget Malone. (Widow) 64 69  
    John Malone 17    
    John Mulqueeny.                      23    
    Bridget Mulqueeny.  22    
    Patrick Mulqueeny   27  
    James Shaugnessy 34    
    John Shaugnessy 27 36  
    James McCormick  33 36  

    The auction documents describe the land at Mt. O' Donnell & Shravokee as quite beautiful and that both of these divisions are bounded by the Shannon River, above which they rise gently and command a rich and varied prospect of the river and its opposite banks. They would afford a purchaser an admirable site for a residence or they might with great advantage be sub divided for villa lots.

    The conditions of sale show some interesting details of the Estate.

    James Lane died on 10th Feb, 1855 aged 45 and Anne Lane his wife is shown as the tenant in the 1856 sale.

    John Mulqueeny and Bridget Mulqueeny show no holdings in 1856 but Patrick Mulqueeny has 26 acres

    The Griffiths Valuation Of Tenements took place in County Clare between 1852 and 1856.

    We do know from the Griffith Valuations  that various Lane families were farming at Shravokee (Srawickeen) ,Garraun and Quinpool North including -:

    1. Patrick Lane at Garraun who occupied 31 acres of land with Michael Madden.
    2. Thomas Lane (Moloney) at Srawickween with 38 acres of land, house and offices,
    3. Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) also at Srawickween with about 30 acres of land, house and offices.
    4. James Lane at Srawickween with 23 acres of land, house and offices.
    5. Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) at Cappavilla North with 3 acres of land.
    All of these properties are in close proximity with each other. (Refer Griffiths Valuation map).

    It is also not known exactly as to how these families were related.
    In the case of the two Thomas Lane properties it is believed likely that there were two Thomas Lane's at the time and that the name in brackets may be the name of the partner involved to differentiate between the families. 
    Thomas Lane (Moloney) would have had a tie up with the Moloney's.
    Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) would have had a tie up with the Mulqueeny's.
    It is believed that James Lane, who married Anne Malone was a son of Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny)

    The following table shows the major land holders in the Townlands of Garraun and Srawickeen at the time of Griffiths Valuation as well as a small Lane (Mulqueeny) land holding in the Townland of Cappavilla North. This property was very close to the property listed as 5a in Srawickeen in the following table.

    GRIFFITHS VALUATION - 1855 for Parish of Kiltenanlea.

    Map Ref Townland Occupiers Immediate Lessor Description Area Land Value Buildings Value Total Value
    2a,b,c,d Garraun Daniel Madden Thomas Arthur. House, Office & Land 26 acres 25-3-0 1-12-0 26-15-0
    3a   John Malone Thomas Arthur House, Office & Land 18 acres 16-8-0 1-2-0 17-10-0
    4a,b,c,d.e   Patrick Casey Thomas Arthur House, Offices & Land 11 acres 9-5-0 1-10-0 10-15-0
    5   Daniel Madden
    John Malone
    Patrick Casey
    Thomas Arthur

    Land 8 acres 3-10-0
    6   John Madden
    Michael Madden
    Thomas Arthur
    Land 14 acres 9-0-0
    7   Michael Madden Thomas Arthur Land 4 acres 5-10-0   5-10-0
    8   Michael Madden
    Patrick Lane
    Thomas Arthur
    Land 21 acres 15-5-0
    8a     Rev James Allen Graveyard   0-4-0   0-4-0
    10   Michael McCormack Thomas Arthur House, Offices & Land 48 acres 41-8-0 3-12-0 45-0-0
    1a,b Srawickeen Michael Moloney Reps Dan'l Barrington Land 38 acres 25-15-0   25-15-0
    2a,b   James Shaughnessy Reps Dan'l Barrington House, Offices & Land 35 Acres 24-0-0 2-0-0 26-0-0
      Thomas Lane (Moloney)
    John Shaughnessy
    Bridget Malone
    Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny)
    Michael Moloney
    Reps Dan'l Barrington

    House, Offices & Land
    House & Offices
    House & Offices
    House & Offices
    38 Acres


    4a,b   John Shaughnessy Reps Dan'l Barrington Land 36 acres 29-10-0   29-10-0
    5a,b   Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) Reps Dan'l Barrington Land 30 acres 24-10-0   24-10-0
      John Moloney
    Reps Dan'l Barrington
    9 acres
    7a,b   Bridget Malone Reps Dan'l Barrington House, Offices & Land 63 acres 51-10-0 5-15-0 57-5-0
      John Mulqueeny
    Bridget Mulqueeny
    Reps Dan'l Barrington
    House Offices & Land
    House & Offices
    23 acres
    9   James McCormack Reps Dan'l Barrington House Offices & Land 33 acres 29-2-0 2-18-0 32-0-0
    10   Bridget Mulquenny Reps Dan'l Barrington Land 22 acres 16-15-0   16-15-0
    11   James Lane Reps Dan'l Barrington House, Offices & Land  23 acres 23-6-0  2-14-0 26-0-0
    James Shaughnessy
    Reps Dan'l Barrington
    4 Acres
    13   Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny) Reps Dan'l Barrington Land 3 acres 1-10-0   1-10-0

    We know from the Griffith Valuation that Patrick Lane and Michael Madden at the Garraun property had a graveyard immediately next to their property, which also contained the ruins of an old church (Templemorcullar)
    It is believed that this Patrick Lane was Patrick Lane from Quinpool.
    It is in this graveyard that many Lanes, Moloneys & Maddens together with and other names listed are buried. 

    From the Griffiths Valuation we also know that Reference 3(a) on the map related to the 38 acres of land, house and offices occupied by Thomas Lane (Moloney) valued at 30 pounds 10 shillings.
     Other parts of the property had houses and offices with valuations paid as follows-:
    3(b) John Shaughnessy, house and offices - valued at 0-14-0..
    3(c) Bridget Malone, offices - valued at 0-10-0..
    3(d) Thomas Lane (Mulqueeny), house and offices - valued at 2-2-0. .
    3(e) Michael Moloney, house and offices - valued at 1-10-0.
    All of these people occupied substantial land holdings nearby but it appears they all grouped their houses, offices and barns close together again for economy of scale.

    The Wyndham Act Of 1903.

    Land reform was a very hot topic in Ireland for many years.
    The Land Act of 1881 granted official rent reductions and recognised the "interest' of tenants in their leased farms.
    The Wyndham Act of 1903 allowed most Irish tenants the opportunity to actually purchase their holdings from their landlords with British Government assistance.
    Landlords received a generous set price by the government whilst tenants repaid the government purchase over time.
    As a result the centuries old landlord system in Ireland, which had resulted in exploitation of the people and much suffering, was finally ended 


    We know that Michael Lane b1838 who came to Australia and Thomas Lane b1839 who married Mary Ward and stayed on the farm at Shravokee were brothers and were the sons of Thomas Lane b1818 and Elizabeth Gleeson.

     This Thomas Lane b1818 was in turn the son of Michael Lane b1788 and Catherine Moloney.

    Thomas Lane b1818, could not have owned land at the time of the Tithe Applotment in 1824 due to his age.

    Thomas's  father, who was named Michael Lane b1788, is not listed in the Tithe Books as holding land.

    It is believed that the father of Michael Lane b1788 was the son of Thomas lane (Moloney) as
    the descendents of Michael Lane b1788 have farmed the property as far back as we can trace and  a descendant (Noel Madden) still farms the original Thomas Lane/Moloney holding.

    Other descendants in this line are Thomas Lane b1839 who married Mary Ward and stayed on the farm.
    John Lane b1879 who married Ellen McMahon who farmed the property.
    Michael Lane b1838 who came to Yangery, near Koroit and married Ellen Moloney.
    Patrick Lane b1849 who had properties in Shravokee and Limerick and married Mary Lynch.

    One of the properties farmed by Michael Lane (Mulqueeny) which was occupied by James Lane b1810 est. and Ann Malone was in turn passed down to their son Patrick Lane b1837 est. who married Mary Ann Keane.

    James Lane & Anne Malone descendants include Bridget Lane who married John Madden and
    Margaret & Mary Ann Lane who came to Australia and married the Gleeson brothers from Tower Hill near Koroit.
    Descendants of Patrick Lane & Mary Ann Keane include
    Margaret Lane (USA) who married Martin Madden & Bridget (Delia) (USA) who married Dan Clancy.
    Three other family members were Jim, Mary and Annie none of whom married and lived on the farm until they passed away.
    The farm of 71 acres was sold in 1967.


    For a comparison between surnames listed on the Tithe Applotment Records, Griffiths Valuation and the Census of 1901.

    For a list of County Clare Townlands at the time of the Tithe Applotment.

    For a list of occupiers of land in the Parish of Kiltenanlea, Count Clare at the time of the Tithe Applotment in 1824..

    Click here for photographs of Shravokee House taken in 1973 where Thomas Lane b1839 and his family lived, also shown are some of the outhouses on the property where the original Lane's probably lived.
    These outhouses are possibly the ruins where various families had houses and offices as shown in Griffiths Valuation.

    Shravokee House was demolished about 1990. This was replaced by a new home built by Noel Madden whose mother is Patricia Lane.

    Irish family history is difficult to trace due to the lack of records, however the following gravestones were located at Teampall Mochulla Cemetery near the Madden farm at Shravokee.

    Lane Family cemetery.  (Teampall Mochulla Cemetery)

    Lane Cemetery on Madden Farm. (Teampall Mochulla Cemetery)

    Old Lane Family Cemetery. (Teampall Mochulla Cemetery)

    James Lane Headstone d1855

    Lane Headstones.

    Thomas Lane (Rivers) d1914

    Teampail Cemetery Headstones from Ireland Genealogy Project Archives.

    Teampail Cemetery Transcriptions.



    Hand written notes handed down make reference to a William Lane who took part in a procession at Limerick on the 8th December, 1867 in memory of the Manchester Martyrs.
    This William Lane was a butcher of Roches Street, Limerick and was one of 430 people identified by police in the protest march to the memory of the Manchester Martyrs, William Phillip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O'Brien who were hanged two weeks before for their part in the rescue attempt of two Fenian prisoners in Manchester, England.
    Approximately 3000 people took part in the protest march and the police identified 14.2% or 430 people which included William Lane, Butcher of Roches Street, Limerick who was number 222 on the list.
    The emblem to be worn by the marchers was a Green Rosette with a small Black Knot in the centre and Crepe Headbands.
    Whilst we not know the relationship to our family of this William Lane it it is interesting to note that the Patrick Lane b1849 above who married Mary Lynch was also a Butcher and Slaughterman in Roches Street, Limerick some years later.
    Details of the march can be found here.


    The following additional headstones have been found in Teampall Cemetery.

    Erected by Patrick Lane in memory of his beloved wife Ellen Lane who died on 10/? /1878 aged 60 years.
    (This could be the wife of Patrick Lane who held 21 acres of land with Michael Madden at Garraun at the time of the Griffiths Valuation of 1855.)

    Erected by Thomas, Patrick, Anne Lane and their cousin Thomas Lane in memory of James Lane who departed this life 10/2/1855 aged 45 years and their posterity. Rest in Peace. Amen.
    (This may have been the James Lane who held 23 acres of land at Srawickeen at the time of the Griffiths Valuation of 1855.)

    Erected by Rodger Moloney , Shravokee in memory of his parents Michael Moloney died 21/7/1875 aged 70 years. Ellen Moloney died 21/7/1890 aged 88 years. R.I.P.
    (Michael Moloney and Ellen Bolton were also the parents nine children including Ellen Moloney the wife of  Michael Lane b1838 who both emigrated to Australia)

    Erected by Daniel Madden in memory of his beloved wife Mary Madden who died on the 19/9/1856 aged 60 years. also his daughter Catherine who died 21/10/1856 aged 30 years. May they rest in peace.
    (Daniel Madden was a landholder at Gurrane dating back to the Tithe Applotment in 1824 and the Griffiths Valuation of 1855.)

    Erected by Bridget Madden in memory of her husband James Madden who departed this life 20/3/1860 aged 84 years. May they rest in peace.
    (James Madden was a landholder at Gurrane, which was adjacent to the Tomnland of Shravokee, dating back to
    the Tithe Applotment in 1824 and the Griffiths Valuation of 1855.)

    Lane Births, Marriages & Deaths from Doonass & Limerick Records.

    Teampail Cemetery Headstones from Ireland Genealogy Project Archives.

    Teampail Cemetery Transcriptions.

    Shravokee Lanes Census 1901

    Other Lane Families from Shravokee and surrounding areas.

    The following Baptismal Records have been found in the Parish of Clonlara.
    The Maddens were close neighbors of the Lane Family and subsequently married into the family..

    DATE 27-02-1859 29-11-1860 31-08-1862 28-03-1865 21-01-1870 20-05-1881
    CHILD Mary Madden Catherine Madden Anne Madden Patrick Madden James Madden Bridget Madden
    SPONSOR Tom Lane &
    The Widow Lane
    Patrick Lane &
     Mary Lane
    Patrick Madden &
     Kate Lane
    James Malone &
    Margaret Lane
    Patrick Lane &
    Margaret Madden
    Patrick Lane &
    Mary Lane


    If you can add or correct any of this information

    Please email Ray Lane

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