Townland: Freaghillaun South
Civil Parish: Ballynakill
Church Parish: Letterfrack
District Electoral Division: Ballynakill
Area: 79.39 acres / 79 acres, 1 rood, 22 perches
Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Freaghillaun South (no records)
Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Freaghillaun South (no records)
Galway Library for Freaghillaun South (no records)
Overview of Freaghillaun South in 1911.
There was only 1 house on Freaghillaun South Island in 1911. It was constructed of Stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. It is recorded as a private dwelling and was a 2nd class house. There was a cow house, calf house and barn as well. There was a total of 5 people, 4 male and 1 female. John Hickey was the enumerator.
Murphy (additional surnames: McDonnell)
The head of the Murphy family was John (66) and his wife Bridget (60) who had been married for 39 years and had had 9 children of which 8 had survived. 2 of their sons lived with them, they were Gregory (25) and Peter (19) and, also in the house at that time was a servant Joseph McDonnell (22). Gregory, Peter and Joseph could read and write but John and Bridget could not read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was a farmer with Gregory and Peter being farmer’s sons and Joseph was a farm servant. The house they shared was a 2nd class, 2 roomed house with a cow house, calf house and barn. The landholder was John Murphy.
Overview of Freaghillaun South in 1901.
There was only the one house on Freaghillaun South in the 1901 census. It was built of staone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. It was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and 2 windows and was recorded as a private dwelling. There were a total of 8 people, 6 male and 2 female. The enumerator was Const. Edward Robinson.
Cloonan (additional surnames: Murphy)
The head of the Cloonan family was the widower Martin (77). Living with him was his son-in-law John Murphy (55), his daughter Bridget Murphy (48) and his grandchildren John Murphy (24), Margaret Murphy (19) Gregory Murphy (15), Thomas Murphy (10) and Peter Murphy (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin, John (55), Bridget and John (24) could speak both Irish and English but nothing recorded for the rest of the family[i]. Martin and John (55) were recorded as being farmers, John (24) was a sailor, Margaret is listed as a farmer’s daughter and Gregory, Thomas and Peter were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Martin Cloonan was the landholder.
The 1670 Down Survey name for this island was Finishlagh. The 1670 owner was the Catholic, Richard, Earl of Westmeath. There were 914 plantation acres of unprofitable land.
[i] Probably indicates that they spoke only English