Normangrove

Civil Parish of Killinny

Natalie Cyrkel / University of Galway / Galway County Heritage Office

Áit Tí Dóite / Burnt House Place

House in, inside, house

Normangrove is a townland located in the southwest region of Killinny in the barony of Kiltartan in County Galway. 

The Down Survey Map 1641 (pre Cromwell), under the name ‘Knocknecorn,’ records Nicholas Oge Linch (Catholic) as the owner. The owners in 1670 (post Cromwell) were Sir George Bingham (Protestant), Robert Baron Trimleston Barnewall (Catholic), and Mary Hughes (Protestant). Recorded was 71 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 72 of profitable land, and 72 of forfeited land.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books recorded James O’Hara, Esq., Raheen, Gort as the proprietor and Barry O’Hara, Esq, of Galway as the agent. The middleman was Mr. John Burke who was on a lease of 999 years. John was subletting to 11 tenants at will. These tenants paid 12 to 15 shillings per acre per year. The county cess or tax was 2 shillings 9.5 pence per acre and the tithe was 6.5.0 per annum paid. The primary crops in this area was wheat, oats, potatoes, vetches, and clover. The soil for these crops was characterised as rocky, limestone, and gravel. In Normangrove was Norman Grove cottage, built in 1794, where Mr. Bourke resided. There was also a rural grove of ashe trees, a garden, and a small orchard of various fruits. Quinn and Calligy were the main family names, John Bourke was the authority in Normangrove.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

Located in the civil parish of Killinny, the townland of Normangrove had 5 occupants in 1855. Charles Higgins and John Foster were each leasing from John O’Hara. Charles had one holding of a house office and land with an area of 434 acres, 0 roods, and 10 perches. The value was £78-0-0. John Foster was leasing only land with an area of 120-2-13, the value was listed as £16-10-0. Michael Burns and Michael Ballinger were tenants of Charles Higgins. Michael Burns was renting a house and land worth £0-15-0. The area was 1 acre, 2 roods, 19 perches. Michael Ballinger was leasing a house office and land with an area of 7-3-16. The Valuation estimated the value to be £3-0-0. Michael Quinn was renting holdings from both John Foster and Charles Higgins. Michael’s holdings were land (4-1-13) and a house. The land was valued to be £1-10-0 and the house was £0-5-0.

The total annual valuation of rateable property paid overall in Normangrove was £100-0-0 for 568 acres, 1 rood, and 31 perches of house, offices, and land.

 

1901 Census

Normangrove in 1901 had a population of 15 inhabitants, 11 males and 4 females. All inhabitants were Roman Catholic. There were 4 households, made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the houses were made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material. All of the houses were built as private dwellings, and were a mixture of 2nd and 3rd class houses. Out of the four household heads, 3 were widowers.  It is noted that there was no out-offices and farm steadings return form in the 1901 census for this townland, therefore the details of the out-offices and farm steadings is unknown.

John Ballinger (79) was a widower and farmer born in County Clare. He lived with his three unmarried children, Bridget Ballinger (32), John Ballinger (30), and Martin Ballinger (28) in a 3rd class house. The children were all born in County Galway. John (30) and Martin were farmer’s sons, and no occupation listed for Bridget. All four family members identified as Roman Catholic. Bridget, John (30), and Martin  could read and write, John (79) could not read nor write. All individuals in the household spoke Irish and English. The Ballinger house had 2 front windows, 2 rooms, and 3 out-offices and farm- steadings. John owned the land on which his house was situated.

Margt Keane (70) was a widower living with her 4 unmarried children. Margt’s occupation was a herd. The children were Edward Keane (30), Martin Keane (28), Catherine Keane (26), and Patrick Keane (25). The Keane family were all born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Edward, Martin, and Patrick’s occupations were all “herd’s son.” No occupation was listed for Catherine. All of the children could read and write, Margt [sic] could not read nor write. All individuals in the household spoke Irish and English. The Keane house was a 2nd class house with 3 front windows, 2 rooms, and 4 out-offices and farm- steadings. Dr. Forster owned the land on which the Keane house was situated.

Michl Quinn (60) was a farmer who lived with his wife Bridget Quinn (65) and their two unmarried sons, Patrick Quinn (28) and John Quinn (26). Patrick and John were farmer’s sons. All Quinns were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Patrick and John were the only two who could read or write. The family spoke Irish and English. The Quinn family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows, 2 rooms, and 2 out-offices and farm- steadings. Michl owned the land on which his house was situated.

Peter Quinn (60) was a widow who lived with his unmarried brother William Quinn (50). The two brothers were farmers born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. They both spoke Irish and English and were unable to read. The Quinn siblings resided in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows, 2 rooms, and 1 out-office and farm- steading. Peter owned the land on which her house was situated.

 

1911 Census

The townland of Normangrove in 1911 had a population of 10 inhabitants, 6 males and 4 females. All inhabitants were Roman Catholic. There were 4 households, made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the houses were made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material. All of the houses were built as private dwellings, and were a mixture of 2nd and 3rd class houses. The household heads were John Ballinger, Michael Quinn (27), Marlin Keane, and Michael Quinn (71).

John Ballinger (45) was a single farmer born in County Galway. He lived with his single brother, Martin Ballinger (43) who was a farm labourer. Both were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Both brothers could read and write, and spoke Irish and English. The Ballinger house had 3 front windows, 3 rooms, 1 coach house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, and 1 barn. John Ballinger owned the land on which his house was situated.

Margaret Martin Keane (33) was a married woman living with 2 of 4 unmarried children, Catherine Keane (1) and Mary Elizabeth Keane (4). Margaret was married and bore 2 children, both of which were alive in 1911. She also lived with Mary Walsh (17), her servant. All members of the house were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic, with the exception of Mary Walsh, who was born in Queens County. Margaret and Mary could read and write, Catherine and Mary Elizabeth could not. No occupation was listed for the Keane girls. Only Margret had Irish and English listed. The Keane house was a 2nd class, 3 room house with 3 front windows. The land consisted of 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 barn. Mark Mellel owned the land on which the Keane house was situated.

Michael Quinn (27) was a single farmer who lived with his also single uncle, William Quinn (67). William was also a farmer. Both were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Michael and William who could read and write and spoke Irish and English. The Quinns lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows, 2 rooms, and no out-offices or farm- steadings. Michael Quinn (27) owned the land on which his house was situated.

Michael Quinn (71) was a widower and a farmer who lived with his unmarried son, Patrick Quinn (39). Patrick was an agricultural labourer. Both were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Patrick could read and write, Michael could not. Both spoke Irish and English. The Quinns lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows, 2 rooms, 1 piggery, and 1 fowl house. Michael Quinn (71) was the landowner.

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