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Townland:                                 Tooreen

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Cleggan

Area:                                          785.96 acres / 785 acres, 3 roods, 34 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Tooreen

1670 Down Survey for Tooreen

Logainm for Tooreen

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Tooreen

 

 

1911 Census for Tooreen

Overview of Tooreen in 1911

According to the census of 1911 there were 5 houses in Tooreen, all of which were private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls with house 2 having slate, iron or tiled roofing and the rest having thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 1 and 2 were 2nd class dwellings and the rest were 3rd class. House 1 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front, houses 2, 3 and 4 had 2 rooms and 2 windows with house 5 having 2 rooms and 1 window. The out-offices and farm-steadings return states that there were a total of 4 out buildings consisting of 2 cow houses and 2 piggeries. There a total of 30 people living in the townland, 15 each of male and female. They were all Roman Catholic. The enumerator was Const. Edmund Moloney.

 

Coyne 

The head of the Coyne family in house 1 was Thomas (330 and his wife Maggie (30) who had been married for 6 years and had had 3 children all of which had survived. Also in the house with them at that time were 2 of their children Anthony (5) and Michael (6mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas and Maggie spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farmer. Their house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Thomas Coyne.

 

Barry 

House 2 was that of the Barry family and the head of the family was William (52) and his wife Mary (39) who had been married for 21 years and had had 10 children, all of which had survived. Also in the house with them at that time were 7 of their children, Patrick (18), John (13), Michael Joseph (11), Ellen (7), Hanora (sic) (4), Thomas (2) and Catherine (7mths). All were Roman Catholic, John was born in Co. Donegal and the rest were born in Co. Galway. Mary spoke both Irish and English but nothing was entered for the others which may indicate that they only spoke English. William, Patrick, John and Michael Joseph could read and write but the others could not read. William was a farmer, Patrick was a farm servant and John and Michael Joseph were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and William Barry was the landholder.

 

Mongan                                 (additional surname: Lyden)

The head of this family was the widow Mary (73) who had been married for 16 years and had had 6 children but only 2 had survived. Living with her in the house were her children Catherine (32), who is described as an imbecile. Her son, Michael Lyden (40) and his wife Mary Francis Lyden (16) who had been married for less than a year. All were Roman Catholic with Mary Francis being born in Co. Donegal and the rest born in Co. Galway. Mary, Catherine and Michael could speak both Irish and English but with nothing entered for Mary Francis it could indicate that she only spoke English. Mary Francis was the only one to be able to read and write. Michael was listed as a farm servant. Their house was a 2 roomed 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Mary was the landholder.

 

King

Head of the king family was the widower Michael (52). Living in the house with him at that time were 6 of his children Mary Anne (20), Michael (15), Honoria (13), Margaret (9), Catherine (8) and john (6). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Michael (52) spoke both Irish and English but nothing was entered for the others which could indicate that they spoke only English. Michael (52) and John could not read but the rest of the family could read and write. Michael was listed as being a shepherd (domestic servant), Michael (15) was an agricultural labourer and Honoria, Catherine and Margaret were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a piggery. Charlotte Browne was the landholder.

 

Coyne

The head of this Coyne family in house 5 was the widow Margaret (65). She had 5 of her children living with her at that time and they were Philip (27), Patrick (20), Annie (15), Catherine (10) and Thomas (8). All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Margaret and Philip spoke both Irish and English but nothing was recorded for the others which could indicate that they spoke only English. Margaret, Thomas and Patrick could not read, Philip could read only and Annie and Catherine could read and write. Philip and Patrick were agricultural labourers. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling. Margaret Coyne was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Tooreen

Overview of Tooreen in 1901

According to the 1901 census there were 5 houses in Tooreen, all of which were private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. All were 3rd class dwellings. Houses 3 and 4 had 2 rooms and 1 window while the others had 2 rooms and 2 windows. The enumerator’s abstract return states that there were a total of 26 people in the townland at that time, 12 male and 14 female. The enumerator was Const. Thos O’Grady.

 

King

House 1 was that of the King family and the head of that family was Michael (40) along with his wife Bridget (35). They also had 6 of their children living with them, Ellen (13), Pat (12), Mary Anne (10), Michael (5), Honor (4) and Margaret (9mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics. Michael (40), Bridget, Ellen, Pat, and Mary Anne spoke both Irish and English and it is likely that the others spoke only English as there was nothing recorded for them under that heading. Michael (40), Michael (5), Honor and Margaret could not read but the others could read and write. Michael (40) was listed as a herd and Pat and Mary Anne were scholars. Their house was a 2 roomed 3rd class house. Michael King was the landholder.

 

Mongan                                  (additional surname: Lydon)

Head of the family was the widow Mary (60). Living in the house with her were 3 of her children Michael Lydon (30)[i], Kate (26) and James (23). All spoke only English but only James could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary was a farmer, Michael and James were farmer’s sons and Kate was a farmer’s daughter. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling. Mary Mongan was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 3 was that of the Coyne family and the head of that family was Pat (50) along with his wife Margaret (50). They had 7 of their children living with them and they were Peter (25), Philip (12), Mary (10), Patrick (9), Bridget (8), Annie (4) and Katie (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Pat, Margaret, Peter and Patrick spoke Irish and English but there was nothing recorded for the rest of the family so that may indicate that they only spoke English. Peter, Philip, and Mary could read only but the rest of the family could not read. Pat was a farmer, Peter and Philip were farmer’s sons and Mary was a scholar. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling. Pat Coyne was the landholder.

 

Cosgrove

The head of the Cosgrove family was John (80) along with his wife Mary (60) and their son Stephen (22). All were born in County Galway and were Roman Catholic. All 3 spoke both Irish and English but only Stephen could read and write. John was a farmer and Stephen is listed as a farmer’s son. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling. John Cosgrove was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

There were only 2 occupants of house 5 with the head of the house being the widow Mary (60) and her grandson Tom (20). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both of them also spoke both Irish and English but only Tom could read and write. Mary was a farmer and Tom was a boot maker. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary was the landholder.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Tooreen

Eliza Davis – Application No. C/17 1165. The date of Eliza’s application was 05/02/1917. Her address at that time was given as Frallagh, Claddaghduff, Co. Galway. Her parent’s names were given as Tom and Mary Davis (Sullivan). The search was returned on 07/02/1917 with nothing found.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Tooreen

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) Robert J. Wilberforce leased land with an area of 831 Acres and 38 Perches to Sir John L. Clowes at a rate of £68 annually. Michael Morrin leased 6 Acres, 3 Roods and 20 Perches of land and a house from Sir John L. Clowes at an annual valuation of £1 for the land and10s for the house. Sir John L. Clowes also leased tenements to the following people. Anthony Faherty leased 6 Acres, 2 Roods and 20 Perches including a house for £1 5s for the land and 5s for the house, John Garvey leased 3 Acres, £ roods and 20 Perches of land including a house for 15s for the land and 5s for the house and Patrick Coyne leased 5 Acres, 3 Roods and 36 Perches of land with a house and offices for 17s for the land and 8s for the buildings. Thomas Heany leased 4 Acres, 3 Roods and 23 Perches with a house for 10s for the land and 5s for the house, Michael Sullivan leased 22 Acres, 1 Rood and 38 Perches of land with a house and office for £3 for the land and 15s for the buildings. Finally, Thomas Sullivan leased 3 Acres, 3 Roods and 36 Perches of land with a house for £1 5s for the land and 5s for the house.

 

[i] Possibly a son from a previous marriage.

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