Currywongaun

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Townland:                                 Currywongaun

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                       610.86 acres / 610 acres, 3 roods, 16 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Letterfrack R.C. Parish 1821-1881

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Currywongaun (no records)

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Galway Library for Currywongaun

Logainm for Currywongaun

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Currywongaun

 

1911 Census for Currywongaun

Overview of Currywongaun in 1911.

According to the 1911 census there were 8 houses in Currywongaun and all of them were listed as private dwellings but house 8 was uninhabited at that time. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 1 and 6 had Slate, iron or tiles for roofing while the rest of the houses had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 2, 3 and 4 were 3rd class dwellings with the others being 2nd class. Houses 1-4 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, Houses 5 and 7 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 6 had 4 rooms and 5 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) shows that there were a total of 10 out buildings in the townland. They consisted of 2 stables, 2 coach houses, 2 cow houses, 2 piggeries, a barn and a store. The enumerator’s abstract return (Form N) shows that there were a total of 33 people in the Currywongaun made up of 18 male and 15 female. 15 male and 14 female were Roman Catholic and 3 male and 1 female were Protestant. The enumerator was Const. Thos Casey.

 

Murray

The head of the family in house 1 was Patrick (98) who lived with his wife, Bridget (74) and they had been married for 40 years and had had 7 children of which 6 had survived. Also in the house with them at that time was their son Michael (32). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Patrick was listed as a farmer and Michael was listed as a labourer. The house that they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Patrick Murray was the landholder.

 

Thornton                                 (additional surnames: Joyce and King)

The head of the family in house 2 was Michael (74) who had been married to his wife, Mary (74) for 50 years but they’d had no children. Also in the house there were 3 servants, Thomas Joyce (46) and his wife, Nappy[i] (27) who had been married for 7 years and had had 4 children, all of which had survived, and Bridget King (18) There were also 4 boarders and probably Thomas and Nappy’s children, Patrick Joyce (6), Michael Joyce (4), John Joyce (2) and Bridget Joyce (3 mths). With the exception of Thomas who was born in America, all were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary, Thomas, Nappy and Bridget King spoke both Irish and English, Michael (74) spoke only Irish and there was nothing listed for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. Michael was a farmer, Thomas was a farm servant, Bridget King was a domestic servant and Patrick and Michael (4) were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Thornton was the landholder.

 

Gavin

The sole occupant of house 3 was James Gavin (74). He was born in Ireland and was Roman Catholic. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read. He was listed as being a farm labourer. His house was a 2 roomed 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a coach house. John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Coyne                          (additional surname: Clisham)

House 4 was that of the Coyne family and the head of the house was the widow Julia (74) who had been married for 30 years and had given birth to 7 children, all of which had survived. Also living in the house at that time were 4 of her children, Michael (24), Julia (18), Bridget Clisham (22) who was married and had been for 2 years and she had had 2 children of which only 1 had survived, and Patrick (13). As well as those Julia’s granddaughter, Bridget (1), also lived in the house. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Julia (74) spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others so that may indicate that they only spoke English. Julia (74) and Bridget (1) could not read but the others could all read and write. Michael was listed as being a coachman and Patrick was a scholar. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Julia Coyne was the landholder.

 

Bloomer

Head of the Bloomer family was Robert (37) who had been married to his wife for 13 years and they had had 3 children of which 2 had survived. Those 2 children lived with them and were Robert (10) and Thomas (12). They were all born in Co. Tyrone and were Church of Ireland. There was nothing entered for them under language so that could indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. Robert (37) was a gamekeeper and Robert (10) and Thomas were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

Coyne                          (additional surname: Gibbons)

Head of the Coyne family in house 6 was John (65) who was married to his wife Catherine (60) for 29 years and they had had 8 children of which 7 had survived. Three of those children lived in the house with them and they were John (27), Mary (23) and Thomas (21) along with a nephew, Patrick Gibbons (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and they could all read and write. John (65) was a farmer, Catherine was just listed as farm, John (27) and Thomas were farmer’s sons, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Patrick was a scholar. They all lived in a 4 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a piggery and barn. John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Coyne                         (additional surname: Wallace)

The head of the last house in Currywongaun was the widow Mary (64) who had been married for 45 years and had given birth to 9 children of which 6 had survived. She shared the house with her daughter, Norah (24), her granddaughter, Cathleen Agnes (5) and a servant, Stephen Wallace (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary and Stephen spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other 2 so that may indicate that they only spoke English. Apart from Cathleen Agnes, they could all read and write. Mary was a farmer, Norah was a farmer’s daughter, Cathleen Agnes was a scholar and Stephen was a farm servant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, coach house, piggery and store. Mary Coyne was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Currywongaun

Overview of Currywongaun in 1901

According to the 1901 census for Currywongaun, there were 10 houses, all of which were listed as private dwellings, although 2 of those houses, houses 9 and 10, were uninhabited at that time. The landholder for those 2 houses was Mitchel Henry. They were all built of stone, brick or concrete and house 5 had slate, iron or tiled roofing and the rest had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 3, 4, 6 and 10 were 3rd class dwellings while all the rest wee 2nd class. Houses 3-6 and 10 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and the rest had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the enumerator’s abstract return, there were a total of 42 people in the townland, 22 male and 20 female. The enumerator was Const. Thomas Burke.

 

Coyne

The head of this Coyne family was John (50) and his wife Catherine (44) and they lived with 6 of their children, John (18), Bridget L. (16), Martin (15), Mary (12), Thomas (10) and Kate A. (6).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (50), Catherine, John (18), Bridget L. and Martin all spoke both Irish and English and the others only spoke English. They could all read and write. John (50) was listed as a farmer and Mary, Thomas and Kate A. were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Coyne                          (additional surnames: Gibbons and Casey)

The head of the family in house 2 was Martin (62) and he lived with his wife, Mary (55), his3 children, Thomas (21), Maggie (18) and Norah (14), his nephew, Austin Gibbons (7) and his granddaughter, May Casey (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Austin and May only spoke English but all the rest spoke both Irish and English. May could read and the rest of the family could read and write. Martin was a farmer and rate collector and Austin was a scholar. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Martin Coyne was the landholder.

 

Duffy

House 3 was that of the Duffy family and the head of the family was Stephen (80) and his wife, Julia (75) who lived with their daughter Bridget (40). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Stephen was a farm labourer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Stephen Duffy was the landholder.

 

Gavin

Head of the Gavin family in house 4 was David (50) who lived with his brother, James (62), his brother’s son, Michael (9) and his brother’s daughter, Mary (11). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Michael and Mary could read and write. David and James were farmers and Michael and Mary were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and David Gavin was the landholder.

 

Murray

The head of the Murray family in house 5 was Patrick (65), who lived with his wife, Bridget (55) and their son Michael (26). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Patrick and Michael were listed as farmers. All 3 of them were described as not deaf D or blind under the specific illnesses heading. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Pat Murray was the landholder.

 

Thornton                                 (additional surnames: Joyce and King)

House 6 was that of the Thornton family and the head of the family was Michael (63) who lived in the house with his wife, Mary (60), a farm servant, Thomas Joyce (25) and a niece, Bridget King (6). All were Roman Catholic, Thomas Joyce was born in America and the others were born in Co. Galway. Bridget King only spoke English but the others spoke both Irish and English. Only Thomas Joyce and Bridget King could read and write. Michael was listed as a farmer, Bridget (55) was a farmer’s wife, Thomas was a farm servant and Bridget (6) was a schlor (sic). The house they shared was a 2 roomed 3rd class house and Michael Thornton was the landholder.

 

Coyne

Head of the Coyne family that lived in house 7 was (43) who lived in the house with his wife, Julia (30) and 7 of their children, Thomas (17), Mary (16), Michael (14), Bridget (12), Julia (8), John (6) and Patrick (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (43) and Julia (30) spoke both Irish and English while the others only spoke English. John (43), Thomas, Mary, Michael and Bridget could read and write but the others were not able to read. John (43) was a game keeper, his wife Julia (30) was a game keeper’s wife, Thomas was a farmer and Mary, Michael, Bridget and Julia (8) were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Hallinan

The last family in Currywongaun in 1901 was the Hallinan family and the head of that family was Peter (70) and his wife, Anne (60) who lived with 2 of their sons, James (29) and Donnell (23). There was nothing listed for any of them under language so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Only James and Donnell could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Pater, James and Donnell were all listed as farmers. The house that they lived in at that time was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and the landholder was Peter Hallinan.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Currywongaun

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) St John L. Clowes leased 591 acres and 3 roods of land with house and offices from Robert J. Wilberforce for an annual ratable valuation of £25 10s for the land and £2 10s for the buildings. In turn, Anne Coyne leased a house and garden from St John L. Clowes for 5s for the garden and 7s for the house. Roger Coyne leased 3 tenements from St John L. Clowes, the first being 4 acres 3 roods and 27 perches of land for 10s, the second being a house and office on 13 acres, 3 roods and 16 perches of land for £2 10s for the land and 10s for the buildings and lastly, 3 acres, 1 rood and 13 perches of land for 5s. Ellen Coyne also leased 3 tenements from St John L. Clowes. The first one was 4 acres, 2 roods and 10 perches of land for 10s, the second being 21 acres, 2 roods and 9 perches of land for 33 and lastly, a house and offices for 10s. There was also 4 acres, 2 roods and 28 perches of water.

 

1670 Down Survey for Currywongaun

Other known names for this area under the 1670 Down Survey were Keilemore, Glancarbdemore, Gortnefunshine, Rossynelee and Shanaharaghane. The catholic Edmund O’Flaharty was the owner in 1641 and in 1670 the owner was the Catholic James Darcy.

 

[i] Nappy was another name for Penelope.

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