Civil Parish: Ballynakill
Church Parish: Letterfrack
District Electoral Division: Cushkillary
Area: 1378.03 acres / 1378 acres, 0 roods, 4 perches
Overview of Lettershanbally in 1911.
The 1911 census lists only the 1 household in Lettershanbally with a total of 12 persons, 8 male and 4 female. The house is listed as a private dwelling with stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. It was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and no windows.. There was a stable, cow house and piggery The enumerator was Patrick Phelan.
Head of the Faherty family in Lettershanbally was Philip (74) and his wife Anne (75). The two had been married for 56 years and had had 9 children of which 8 survived. They had 2 of their sons living with them, Tom (55) and Martin (32). Tom also had his wife Mary (40) living there as well. They had been married for 4 years and had 3 children. 7 of Philip and Mary’s grandchildren also lived in the house. They were Patrick (12), Stephen (12), Annie (8), Peter (6), Bridget (3), Philip (2) and Michael (7mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip, Anne, Tom, Martin, Mary, Patrick, Stephen and Annie were listed as having Irish and English as a language. Martin could read, Anne could read and write but all the others could not read. Philip is listed as being a retired herd, Tom, a herd and Martin, a farm labourer. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with a Stable, cow house and a piggery.
Overview of Lettershanbally in 1901.
Only one listed household in the 1901 census. The building is listed as a private dwelling with stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable material for a roof. It was a 3rd class building with 2 rooms and a window. There were a total of 8 people, 6 male and 2 female. Const. Patrick Flannery was the enumerator.
Faherty (additional surname: Mealia)
Head of the Faherty family was Thomas (40) and his wife Anne (40). They had 2 of their sons Patrick (2) and Stiphin (sic) (2) along with their nephew Peter (5). Thomas also had his parents Philip (68) and Anne (68) and also his brother Martin (20). All, except Patrick and Seiphin, could speak both Irish and English. Bridget and Martin could read and write but the others could not read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas and Martin are both listed as being a herd. They lived in a 3rd Class, 2 roomed house and Patrick O’Neill was the landholder.
Patrick Lydon –Application No. C21 2808 and was received on 11/04/1921. Patricks address at the time of the application was Derrynaclough, Leenane, Co. Galway. His parents were Patrick and Honor Lydon (Coyne). The 1851 address is given as Lettershanbally Glencraff, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 14/04/1921 with nothing found. Patrick was awarded a pension of 2s.
According to the Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) Alexander Thompson leased an area of land of 1381 Acres, 0 Roods and 8 Perches to Patrick O’Neill. On this land he had a herd’s house and for all this he paid £34 10s for the land and 10s for the herd’s house. There was also 1 Acre and 8 Perches of water.
The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Glancrawe. The 1640 owner was Edmund O’Flaharty, a Catholic and the 1670 owner was Sir Thomas Meredith, a protestant.