Civil Parish: Ballynakill
Church Parish: Letterfrack
District Electoral Division: Cushkillary
Area: 1275.82 acres / 1275 acres, 3 roods, 10 perches
Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Lecknavarna (no records)
Overview of Lecknavarna in 1911.
The 1911 census for lecknavarna lists only 1 household with 5 males and 4 females. The house is recorded as being a private dwelling with stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. It had 2 rooms with 3 windows in the front of the house.
The Connelly household consisted of 9 members at the time of the 1911 census. Head of the family was William (67) who had been married to his wife Julia (52) for 30 years and had had 10 children of which 7 survived. Their children were Simon (20), Michael (18), Patrick (15), Bridget (14), Alice (12), Martin (8) and Julia (6). All could speak both Irish and English, Julia (52) and Julia (6) could not read, Martin could read and the rest of the family could both read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and Roman Catholic. William and Simon are listed as being shepherds and Michael as a labourer. They lived in a 2nd class, 3 roomed house with a cow house and a piggery. Michael O’Neill was the landholder.
Overview of Lecknavarna in 1901.
The 1901 census lists 2 houses with only the first one being inhabited. There were a total of 10 people with 6 male and 4 females. The landholder of the second house was Lord Ardilaun. Both houses had stone, brick or concrete for walls. House 1 had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing where as house 2 had slate, iron or tiles for a roof. House 1 was a 3rd class house with 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 2 was a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 4 windows.
Head of the Conneely family was William (48) and his wife Julia (37) and with them lived their 8 children. Their children were Mary (16), Joseph (14), John (13), Simon (10), Michael (7), Patrick (4), Bridget (3) and Anne (1). Only William, Julia, Mary, Joseph and Simon are listed as speaking Irish and English, there is no entry for the others in the family. Julia, Patrick, Bridget and Anne could not read, the others could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. William is listed as being a shepherd, Julia a shepherd’s wife and Mary a shepherd’s daughter. The other children, with the exception of Anne, were listed as being scholars. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and William was the landholder.
According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) the immediate lessor in Lecknavarna was the Rev. Joseph Duncan. He had an area of land of 1261 Acres, 1 Rood and 11 Perches for which he paid an annual rate of £16 5s for the land and 15s for a herd’s house. He leased a house to each of Abraham Shannon, Anthony Nee and Mary Joyce. Abraham paid a rate of 10s and Anthony and Mary a rate of 5s per year. There was also a Roman Catholic chapel that had an annual ratable valuation of £2 but that was exempt from payment. There was also an area of 14 Acres, 1 Rood and 35 Perches of water in Lecknavarna.
The Down Survey name for Lecknavarna was Licknevarne & Candughell. The 1641 owner was Edmund O’Flaharty, a Catholic and in 1670 the owner was the College of Dublin. There were 482 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 32 plantation acres of profitable land. 32 plantation acres of land were forteited.