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Townland:                                  Dawrosbeg

Civil Parish:                                Ballynakill

Barony:                                       Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                       180.87 acres / 180 acres, 3 roods, 19 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Dawrosbeg

Map

Galway Library for Dawrosbeg

Logainm for Dawrosbeg

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Dawrosbeg

 

1911 Census for Dawrosbeg

Overview of Dawrosbeg in 1911

According to the 1911 census there were 17 houses in Dawrosbeg but 3 of them, houses 11, 16 and 17 were unoccupied. The landholder of house 11 was pat Conneely and Bridget O’Grady was the landholder of houses 16 and 17. All the houses were listed as private dwellings and were built of stone, brick or concrete walls with house 5 having slate, iron or tiles for roofing and the rest having thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 5, 6, 7, 9 and 15 were 2nd class dwellings with the other occupied houses being 3rd class. House 12 had 2rooms but no windows, houses 1, 4, 8 and 13 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, houses 2, 3, 5, 10 and 14 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and houses 6, 7, 9 and 15 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) there were a total of 26 out buildings in Dawrosbeg consisting of a stable, a coach house, 13 cow houses, 6 piggeries, 2 fowl houses and 3 barns. The enumereator’s abstract (form N) return shows that there were a total of 74 people in the townland, 40 male and 34 female. The enumerator for this area was Const. Thos Casey.

 

Conneely

Head of the Conneely family in house 1 was the widow Mary (71) who had been married for 47 years and had given birth to 14 children but only 6 of those children survived. She lived in the house with her daughter Catherine (30). Both spoke both Irish and English but only Catherine could read and write. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There was no occupation given for either of them. Their house was 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Conneely was the landholder.

 

Coyne

House 2 was the home of the Coyne family and the head of that family was the widow Bridget (68) who had been married for 26 years and had had 6 children of which 5 had survived. She lived with her 2 sons, John (43) and Patrick (25). All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget was listed as being a landholder and John and Patrick were farmers. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Bridget Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conroy                                    (additional surname: Kavanagh)

The head of the Conroy family in house 3 was John (69) who had been married to his wife Bridget (71) for 37 years and they had had 8 children of which 5 had survived. They lived with 2 of their children, Thomas (27) and Bridget (20) and their niece Ellen Kavanagh (5). Ellen was born in Co. Kerry and the others were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. Ellen spoke only English but the other members of the family spoke both Irish and English and John, Thomas and Bridget (20) could read and write. John and Thomas were listed as being farmers. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. John Conry (sic) was listed as the landholder.

 

Lyden                          (additional surname: Coyne)

The head of this family was John (63) who had been married to his wife Bridget Coyne (65) for 34 years and they had had 13 children and 11 of those had survived. Living with them in the house were 5 of their children, Pat (21), Tom (18), Kate (16), Martin (13) and Peter (11). Pat was listed as deaf or blind. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Under the language heading, John was listed as “beg can speak Irish and English”, Martin and Peter could speak only English and the others all spoke both Irish and English. John was listed as being a farmer, Bridget, as a housekeeper, Pat and Tom were farmer’s sons, Kate was also a housekeeper and Martin and Peter were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. John Lyden was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The head of the family in house 5 was Peter (38) and his wife Maggie (38) who had been married for 19 years and had had 9 children of which 8 had survived. Those 8 children lived with them and they were, Peter (18), John (17), Mary (14), Bridget (12), Patrick (9), Michael (7), Paul (5) and Thomas (2).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Peter (38), Maggie, Peter (18) and John all spoke both Irish and English and Mary is listed as speaking English only, there was nothing entered for the rest of the family. Peter (38) was a farmer, Peter (18) and John were farmer’s sons, Mary and Bridget were farmer’s daughters and Patrick, Michael and Paul were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, coach house, cow house and piggery. Peter Conneely was the landholder.

 

Conoboy (sic)[i]

The head of this family was Michael (78) and his wife Julia (78) who had been married for 47 years and had had 7 children of which 4 survived. They lived with their son John (44). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Michael could read and write. Michael was listed as a farmer and John, farmer’s son. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Michael Conoboy was the landholder.

 

Connolly

The head of the Connolly family in house 7 was Patrick (42) and his wife Anne (45) who had been married for 19 years and had had 9 children of which 7 survived. Those 7 children lived with them and they were Mary (18), Norah (15), John (14), Anne (12), James (11), Michael (8) and Bridget (6). Patrick, Anne (45), Mary and John spoke both Irish and English while the rest only spoke English and the rest of the family spoke only English. Anne (45) and Bridget could not read but the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and John were farmers and Anne (12), James and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class house with 2 cow houses and a piggery. Patrick Connolly was the landholder.

 

Conneely

Mary Conneely (78) was the head of the family in house 8 and she was listed as being married for 42 years and she had had 3 children but only the 1 had survived. She lived with her step son, John (58) and her daughter, Julia (36). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Julia could read. John was a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Mary Conneely (Tom) was the landholder.

 

Conaboy (sic)

Head of the Conaboy family was Thomas (45) who had been married to his wife, Kate (49) for 20 years and they’d had 8 children and they’d all survived. Those 8 children lived with them in the house and they were Thomas (19), Delia (17), Julia (13), Kate (12), Michael (9), Ellen (6), John (4) and Patrick (1). John and Patrick were Roman Catholic but there was nothing entered for a place of birth. The other members of the family were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (45), Kate (49) and Thomas (19) were listed as speaking both Irish and English but nothing was entered for the others so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Thomas (19), Delia, Julia, Kate (12) and Michael are listed as being able to read and the others were not able to. Thomas (45) was a farmer, Thomas (19) and Delia were listed as farmer’s sons (sic)[ii]. Julia, Kate (12), Michael and Ellen were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house and a fowl house. Thomas Conaboy was the landholder.

 

Davis

The head of the Davis family in house 10 was Joseph (39) who had been married to his wife Bridget (30) for 2 years and they had 1 child. Their daughter Bridget (1) also lived with them. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph and Bridget spoke both Irish and English and Joseph could read while Bridget could read and write. Joseph was recorded as being a farmer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joseph Davis was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The sole occupant of house 12 was James (75). He was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read. He was listed as being a famer. He lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. He was the landholder.

 

Coyne

The head of the Coyne family in house 13 was Michael (72) and his wife Bridget (69) who had been married for 41 years and had had 9 children of which 6 had survived. Two of their children lived with them at that time and they were Kate (28) and Tam (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Kate and Tam could read and write. Michael was a farmer and Tam was listed as a farmer’s son. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a barn. Michael Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                 (additional surname: Joyce)

Head of this family was Mary (74) who was married and had been for 52 years and she had had 10 children but only 4 had survived. The other members of the family were all Joyce’s. They were Mary’s son-in-law, John (45), 2 of her daughters, Norah (45) and Mary (28), her granddaughter Mary (6) and her grand (sic), Martin (4). Mary (74), John, Norah and Mary (28) All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was a farmer and Mary (6) was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Mary Conneely was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The last occupied house in Dawrosbeg was that of the Joyce family and the head of this family was Thomas (68) and his wife Mary (50) who had been married for 26 years and had had 9 children and they all survived. Six of those children lived with them in the house at that time and they were John (22), Mary (19), Thomas (18), Martin (15), Tobias (13) and Edward (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Edward and, apart from Thomas (68) and Mary (50), they could all read and write. Thomas (68), John, Thomas (18) and Martin were all listed as farmers and Tobias and Edward were scholars. Thye lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class house with 2 cow houses, a piggery and a fowl house. Thomas Joyce was the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census for Dawrosbeg

Overview of Dawrosbeg in 1901.

The 1901 census shows us that there were 22 houses in the townland of Dawrosbeg in 1901. All were listed as being private. They all had stone, brick or concrete walls with houses 12 and 14 being the only ones with slate, iron or tiled roofs as the rest all had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 12 and 14 were also the only houses that were 2nd class dwellings as all the others were 3rd class. Again, houses 12 and 14 were the better house and had 3 rooms and 2 windows in the front while all the rest had 2 rooms and 2 windows. There were a total of 119 people in Dawrosbeg consisting of 58 male and 61 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Thomas Burke.

 

Coyne

The head of the Coyne family in house 1 was Bridget (52), who was a widow. She lived with 3 of her children, John (23), Bridget (18) and Patt (sic) (15). All spoke both Irish and English but only Bridget (18) and Patt could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget (52) was a housekeeper, John was a farmer, Bridget (18) was doing housework and Patt was a labourer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Coyne was the householder.

 

Joyce

House 2 was the home of the Joyce family and the head of the family was Thomas (54) and he lived there with his wife, Mary (36) and 7 of their children, Pat (15), John (13), Joseph (10), Mary (8)Thomas 97), Martin (5) and Tobias (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English with the exception of Tobias. Only John, Joseph and Mary (8) could read and write. Thomas (54), Pat and John were farmers, Mary (36), was a farmer’s wife and Joseph, Mary (8), Thomas and Martin were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Thomas Joyce was the landholder.

 

Connaboy (sic)

The head of the Connaboy family was the widow, Ellin (sic) (60) who lived with her son, Martin (24), her daughter, Ellin (sic) (26) and a lodger, Bridget (67). All spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Ellin (60) was a farm manager and Martin was a farmer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Ellin Connaboy was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of the family in house 4 was the widow Mary (60) who lived with her son-in-law, John Joyce (30), her daughter-in-laws, Honor Joyce (23) and Mary Conneely (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (60) only spoke Irish but all the others spoke both Irish and English. Only Mary (20) could read and write. Mary (60) was a housekeeper and John was a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Conneely was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The head of the Conroy family was John (52) and his wife Bridget (50). They lived with 6 of their children, Pat (20), Catherine (18), Martin (17), Thomas (16), Mary (14) and Bridget (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John, Bridget (50) and Pat all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. All the family, apart from Bridget (50), could read and write. John was a farmer, Bridget (50) was a farmer’s wife, Pat, Martin and Thomas were farm labourers, Catherine was a housekeeper and Bridget (9) was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Conroy was the landholder.

 

Conneely

Head of the family was the widow Mary (50) who lived with her son, John (30) and her daughter, Julia (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke only Irish and John and Julia spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Mary was a farm manager, John was a farmer and Julia was a housekeeper. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Mary was the landholder.

 

Faherty                                    (additional surnames: Fitzpatrick and Laffey)

The widow Bridget (50) was the head of the family in house 7. She lived with her son, Patrick Fitzpatrick (23), her daughters, Maggie 916), Ellen (13) and Julia (10), her son Martin (7) and her father Festy Laffey (70) who was a widower. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget and Festy spoke only Irish and the rest of the family spoke only English. They could all read and write. They were all listed as being labourers. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Faherty was the landholder.

 

Lydon                         (additional surname: Coyne and Lyden)

There were 13 family members in house 8. The head of the family was John Lyden Lydon (50) and his wife Bridget Coyne Lydon (50). They lived with 8 of their children, Michael Lyden Lydon (22), John Lyden Lydon (20), Festy Lyden Lydon (18), Pat Lyden Lydon (12), Thomas Lyden Lydon (9), Maggie Lyden Lydon (15), Bridget Lyden Lydon(10), Kate Lyden Lydon (6), Martin Lyden Lydon (4), Peter Lyden Lydon (2) and John’s father-in-law, Thomas Coyne (63). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (50), Bridget, Michael, John (20) and Festy all spoke both Irish and English, Thomas Coyne spoke only Irish and the rest only spoke English. None of the family could read. John (50) was a farmer, Maggie, Bridget (10 and Kate were farmer’s daughters, there was no occupation entered for Thomas Coyne but all the others were farmer’s sons. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Lydon was the landholder.

 

Lydon

The head of the Lydon family was the widow Honor (50) who lived with 2 of her children, Honor (19) and Joseph (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Joseph could read and write. Honor (50) was a farm manager and Joseph was a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor Lydon was the landholder.

 

Folan                           (additional surname: Heanue)

The widower Michael (60) was the head of this family and he lived with his son Thomas (21) and a lodger, Anthony Heanue (40). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael and Anthony could speak both Irish and English and Thomas could only speak English. Only Thomas could read and write. They were all listed as being farmers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Michael Folan was the landholder.

 

Faherty

There were only 2 occupants of house 11 with the widow Maria (50) being listed as the head of the family and she lived with her son Patrick (22). Both spoke both Irish and English but they could not read. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Maria was a housekeeper and Patrick was a farmer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Maria was the landholder.

 

Chambers

The sole occupant of house 12 was Charles T. (20). He was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. He was able to read and write. He was a Oyster and Lobater (sic) fishery (manager). He lived in a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling. J.J. Darcy was the landholder.

 

Conaboy

Head of this family was Michael (70) who lived with his wife Julia (61) and his son Michael (25). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. The 2 Michaels were listed as being farmers with Julia being a farmer’s wife. Michael Conaboy was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family was Peter (27) who lived with his wife Maggie (26) and 5 of his children, Peter (8), John (7), Mary (5), Bridget (3) and Patrick (3mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Peter (27) and Maggie spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing listed for the others so that may indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. Peter was a farmer and Maggie was listed as a farmer’s wife while Peter (8), John, Mary and Bridget were listed as attending school. They all shared a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling. The landholder was J.J. Darcy.

 

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family in house 15 was the widow Mary (56) who lived with her 2 daughters, Catherine (22) and Ellie (18). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Mary was listed as a housekeeper and Catherine and Ellie were listed as doing house work. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Mary Conneely was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                 (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of this Conneely family was Patrick (40) and his wife, Anne (40) who lived with 5 of their children, Mary (8), Norah (6), John (5), Anne (3) and James (11mths) and also Patrick’s father and mother-in-law, John Joyce (98) and Mary Joyce (86). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Anne (40) spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other members of the family which could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Patrick could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer, Anne (40) was a farmer’s wife, Mary, Norah and Anne (3) were listed as farmer’s daughters and John as a farmer’s son. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Patrick Conneely was the landholder.

 

Conaboy

House 17 was that of the Conaboy family and the head of the family was Thomas (31) and his wife Catherine (28) and they lived with 6 of their children, Thomas (7), Delia (5), Julia (10), Catherine (8) Mary (4) and Anne (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (31) and Catherine (28) spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other members of the family which could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Catherine (8) was able to read and write. Thomas (31) was a farmer, Catherine (28) was a farmer’s wife, Thomas (7) was a farmer’s son and Catherine (8) was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Thomas Conaboy was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                 (additional surname: Mongan)

The head of this Conneely family was Patrick (63) who lived with his wife, Margaret (60), John (25), son’s wife, Jane (24), Daughter Julia (19), son Thomas (14), Granddaughter Bridget Mongan (5) and son’s daughter Mary (1). With the exception of baby Mary all spoke both Irish and English but only John, Jane, Julia and Thomas could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Thomas were listed as being farmers, Margaret was a farmer’s wife, John was a farmer’s son, Jane and Julia were farmer’s daughters and Bridget Mongan was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Conneely was the landholder.

 

Coyne

Head of this family was Micheal (54) who lived with his wife, Bridget (54) and 5 of there children, Micheal (29), John (16), Kate (20), Maggie (13) and Thomas (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only John, Kate, Maggie and Thomas could read and write. Micheal (54) was listed as a farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s wife, Micheal (28) and John were labourers and Thomas was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Micheal Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conneely

House 20 was the home of husband and wife James (60) and Naphy (sic) (60)[iii]. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James spoke both Irish and English and Naphy spoke only Irish. Neither of them could read. James was recorded as being a farmer and Naphy, a farmer’s wife. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James Conneely was the landholder.

 

Coyne

Head of the family in house 21 was John (70) and his wife, Julia (40) and they lived with their daughter Bridget (23). John spoke only Irish and Julia and Bridget spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was a farmer, Julia, a farmer’s wife and Bridget, a farmer’s daughter. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The last house in Dawrosbeg was the home of the Conneely family. The head of the family was Michael (35) and he lived with his wife, Bridget (34) and 6 of their children, Kate (10), John (8), Michael (6), Ellen (4), Peter (2) and Annie (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (35), Bridget, Kate and John all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing recorded for the others in the family, so that may indicate that they only spoke English. Only Kate and John could read and write. Michael (35) was a farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s wife and Kate, John, Michael (6), Ellen and Peter were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Conneely was the landholder.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Dawrosbeg

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Dawrosbeg Rev. Anthony Magee leased a number of tenements to people in the townland. He jointly leased 85 acres, 1 rood and 38 perches of land to 13 people. They each paid the following for their shares of the land. Michael Adams, paid £1 5s for land and 5s for a house, Patrick Lydon Paid £1 8s for land and 5s for a house and Festus Laffey paid £1 8s for land and 7s for a house. Patrick Conneely paid £3 17s for land and 8s for a house, Michael Fitzpatrick paid £1 for land and 5s for a house and Thomas Faherty paid £2 10s for land and 7s for a house and office. Thomas Conneely paid £1 for land and 5s for a house, Owen Coyne paid £2 17s for land and 8s for a house and Roger Thornton paid £3 17 for land and 5s for a house. Patrick Heany paid £1 5s for land and 5s for a house, Michael Heany £2 10s for land and 8s for a house, Michael Joyce paid £3 15s for land and 10s for a house and John Lydon paid £ 18s for an area of land. Bridget Conry leased a house and land from Thomas Conneely for £1 for the land and 5s for the house. The Rev. Anthony Magee leased and area of 84 acres, 3 roods and 29 perches, and some houses, jointly to 7 people in a second plot. Martin Heany paid £3 5s for land and 15s for a house. Thomas and Michael Lydon both paid £4 5s for land and 10s for houses each and Patrick Faherty paid £3 5s for land and 10s for a house. John Lydon paid £3 5s for land and 10s for a house, John Conneely paid £4 5s for land and Michael Butler paid £ 5s for some land. There were three islands totaling an area of 3 roods and 26 perches that belonged to the tenants of Dawwrosbeg but they were of no agricultural value.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for Dawrosbeg

According to the 1670 Down Survey another name for this area was Dawrus. The owner in 1641 was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaharty and the 1670 owner was the catholic Richard, Earl of Westmeath. There were 337 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 43 plantation acres of profitable land and 43 plantation acres were forfeited.

 

[i] Possibly Conboy?

[ii] Obviously a mistake and Delia would be a farmer’s daughter.

[iii] Possibly Nappy, a shortened version of the name Penelope.

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