New Settlers in Galway

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries several new families settled in the town of Galway, and other parts of that county; the principal of whom were Athy, Bermingham, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Blundel, Deane, Dillon, Darcy, French, De Jorse, Kirwan, Lynch, Lawless, Morris, Martin, White, etc. The De Jorses came from Wales to Galway in the reign of Edward the First, and having formed an alliance with the O'Flahertys, chiefs of West Connaught, got large possessions in Connemara in the barony of Ross; and towards the borders of Mayo a territory which is called "Joyces' Country." These De Jorses changed their name to "Joyce."