Ard West

An Aird Thiar

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                 Ard West

Civil Parish:                               Moyrus

Barony:                                       Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Carna

District Electoral Division:     Knockboy

Area:                                          448.27 acres / 448 acres, 1 rood, 2 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Ard West

Logainm for Ard West

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Ard West

 

1911 Census for Ard West

Overview of Ard West in 1911.

The 1911 census shows that there were 25 houses in Ard West at that time with 24 being occupied as house 25 was the Ard West National School. All the occupied houses were listed as being private dwellings. Houses 2, 3 and 4 were 2nd class dwellings and all the rest were 3rd class. The houses were all built of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 3 and 4 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while all the other houses had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 15 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 9 and 20-23 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1, 5-8, 10-14. 16-19 and 24 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 2 and 3 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 4 had 3 rooms and 4 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) shows that there were a total of 22 out building s in the townland consisting of 4 stables, 16 cow houses and 2 piggeries. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 145 people in the townland at that time, 75 male and 70 female. The enumerator was Const. Michael Murrihy.

 

McDonagh

The first house in Ard West was home to the McDonagh family and they had 11 members. The head of the family was the widow Maggie (85) and she shared the house with her son, John (57), a widower and 8 of her grandchildren, Maggie (20), Mary (18), Ann (15), Bridget (15), Honor (14), John (13), Coleman (12) and Julia (10) and also in the house at that time was a servant, Mary (87). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from Mary (87) who only spoke Irish. Maggie (85) was a farmer, John (57) was a farm labourer, Mary (87) was a general servant and Ann, Bridget, Honor, John (13), Coleman and Julia were all scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and cow house. Maggie McDonagh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh                              (additional surname: McDonagh Pat)

The head of this family was Pat McDonagh Pat (40) who was married to Barbara (35) and they had been married for 1 year and had I child. That child was Patrick (2mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Both parents spoke both Irish and English. Pat was a farmer. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Pat McDonagh Pat was the landholder.

 

McNally

The head of the second family in Ard West was Bridget (45) who had been married for 20 years and had had 11 children of which 9 had survived. Seven of those children lived with her and they were Patrick Joseph (17), Terence (13), Annie (12), Michael Joseph (10), Bridget (9), Edward (6) and Margaret Mary (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all except Edward and Margaret Mary could read and write. Bridget was a farmer and all the children were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Bridget McNally was the landholder.

 

Purcell                         (additional surnames: Forde, Gilmartin and Reynolds)

The head of this family was Patrick (29) who had been married to Mary Bridget (29) for 6 years and in that time they had had 4 children, all of which had survived. Those children also lived with them and they were John J. (5), May (3), Josephine (2) and Patrick Leo (6 mths). Also in the house at that time were a visitor, William (18), a boarder, William Forde (21), a servant, Mary Gilmartin (15) and a visitor, Sarah Reynolds (22). All the household were Roman Catholic, Patrick, John J., William Purcell and William Forde were born in Co. Mayo and the others were all born in Co. Galway. Mary, Josephine and Patrick Leo could not read but all the others could read and write. Patrick, Mary Bridget and William Forde were national school teachers, Mary Gilmartin was a domestic servant and John J., May and William Purcell were scholars. They all lived in a 3 roomed 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Patrick Purcell was the landholder.

 

Corbett

The head of the family in house 5 was Pat (40) who had been married to Barbara (32) for 9 years and in that time they had had 4 children and they had all survived. Those 4 children were Mary (8), Bridget (6), Patrick J. (4) and Annie (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Barbara and Patrick J. were listed as speaking only Irish and the others, apart from baby Annie, spoke both Irish and English. Only Mary and Bridget could read and write. pat was a farmer and Mary and Bridget were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Pat Corbett was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of this McDonagh family was Joseph (34) and he had been married to Anne (28) for 6 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all had survived. Those 5 children shared the house with them and they were Mary Anne (5), Barbara (4), Patrick (30, Joseph (1) and Bridget (1mth) and also in the house at that time was a visitor, Anne (78). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph, Anne (28) and Mary Anne spoke both Irish and English, while Barbara, Patrick and Anne (78) only spoke Irish. Joseph was a farmer and Mary Anne was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joe McDonagh was the landholder.

 

Walsh                         (additional surname: Curran)

The head of the Walsh family in house 7 was the widow Mary (48) and she lived with 3 of her children, Patrick (27), James (22) and Anne (19) and also in the house at that time was a boarder, Bridget Curran (75).  All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary and Bridget spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Mary and Bridget could not read but the other members of the family could all read and write. Mary was a farmer and Patrick and James were fishermen. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Walsh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of this McDonagh family was Pat (76) and he had been married to Lizzie (71) for 45 years and in that time they had had 8 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with their daughter, Mary (41), son, Pat (28) and 2 grandsons, Willie (7) and John (6). They were all Roman Catholic and Willie and John were born in America and the others were all born in Co. Galway. All spoke both Irish and English except John and Pat &6 and Pat (28) could read and write while the others could all read only. Pat (76) was a farmer, Pat (28) was a labourer and Willie and John were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Pat McDonagh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

There were 4 members of the McDonagh family in house 9 and the head o the family was John (60) and he lived with his 2 sisters, Bridget (69) and Barbara (65) and his brother, Peter (56). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from Barbara, who only spoke Irish. Apart from Barbara, they could all read and write. John was a farmer and Peter was a fisherman. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John McDonagh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh                              (additional surname:  McDonagh Tom)

The head of the family in house 10 was James McDonagh Tom (80) and he had been married to his wife, Barbara (78) for 40 years and in that time they had had 6 children but only 2 of those had survived. They shared the house with those 2 children and they were Tom (40) and Bartly (38). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  All spoke both Irish and English but only Tom and Bartly could read and write. James was a farmer, Tom was a labourer and Bartly was a fisherman. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. James McDonagh Tom was the landholder.

 

McDonagh                              (additional surname: McDonagh John)

The head of this family was Pat (80) and he was married to Kate (70) and they had been married for 46 years and in that time had had 10 children of which 9 had survived. They lived with their daughter Maggie (26). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Pat was listed as being a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Pat McDonagh John was listed as the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of the McDonagh family in house 12 was the widow Ellen (72) and she shared the house with 3 of her children, Mary (54), Patrick (42) and John (40).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Ellen was listed as being a tenant farmer and all 3 of the children were listed as labourers. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Ellen McDonagh.

 

McDonagh                              (additional surname: Lydon)

The head of this McDonagh family was James (71) and head been married to his wife, Barbara (65) 38 years and in that time they had had 8 children and 7 of those had survived. They shared the house with 3 of their children, Colman (24), Ellie (21) and Peter (18) as well as their grandson, Martin Lydon (3).  All spoke both Irish and English and Martin could not read, Barbara could read only and the others could all read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James was a farmer, Colman and Peter were farmer’s sons and Ellie’s occupation was listed as crotchet. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was James McDonagh.

 

Kiely

The head of the Kiely family in house 14 was Martin (53) and he had been married to Mary (58) for 16 years and in that time they had had 2 children and both had survived. Those 2 children lived with them and they were Joseph (15) and Mary (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary (58) could not read, Martin could read only and the children could both read and write. Martin was a farmer and Mary (15) and Joseph were both scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. The landholder was Martin Kiely.

 

King

House 15 was home to the King family and the head of the family was Mark (74) and he had been married to Ellen (69) for 32 years but there were no children listed. They shared the house with Ellen’s sister, Honor (73). They all spoke only Irish and none of the household could read.  All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mark was listed as being a labourer. They lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class house and Joe McDonagh Pat was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of this McDonagh family was Joseph (60) and he had been married to Maria (53) for 35 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 7 had survived. Five of those children lived with them and they were Patrick (29), Henry (18), Mark (16), Annie (14) and Maria (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Maria (53) could not read but all the other family members could read and write. Joseph was a farmer, Patrick and Henry were fishermen and Mark, Annie and Maria (8) were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Joe McDonagh Pat was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The head of the Conneely family in house 17 was Mark (69) and he had been married to Anne (50) for 27 years and in that time they had had 8 children and all of those children had survived. They shared the house with 6 of those children and they were Anne (21), Bartly (19), Mark (17) and Tom (15), Pat (13) and Colman (11). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mark (69) and Anne could not read but the others could all read and write. Mark (69) was said to be in farming and Anne (50) was in housekeeping. Anne (21) was working in the house, Bartly, mark (17) and Tom were farmer’s sons and Pat and Tom were listed as attending school. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. Mark Conneely was the landholder.

 

Keely

The head of the 10 members of the Keely family was the widower Colman (52) and he lived with 9 of his children, Colman (19), Mary (17), Joseph (15), Peter (13), Anne (11), Bridget (9), Sarah (7), Martin (4) and Patrick (1). All were born in Co. Galway, with Colman (52) being born in Ard West, and were all Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Patrick. Apart from Martin and Patrick they could all read and write. Colman (52) was a farmer, Colman (19) was a farmer’s son and Joseph, Peter, Anne, Bridget and Sarah were all scholars. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Colman Keely was the landholder.

 

Connolly

The head of the family in house 19 was James (45) and he had been married to Margarett (sic) (52) for 22 years and in that time they had had 9 children of which 6 had survived. Those 6 children lived with them and they were Mary (21), Joseph (16), Nora (14), Margarett (sic) (11), Bartholomew (8) and Louisa (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Louisa, they could all read and write. James was a farmer and Nora, Margarett (sic) and Bartholomew were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and James Connolly was the landholder.

 

Canavan

House 20 was home to the Canavan family and the head of the family was Michael (75) and he had been married to Anne (70) for 50 years and in that time they had had 6 children and all of those had survived. Two of their sons lived with them, Mark (34) and Michael (30) and also in the house was a niece Barbara (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mark and Barbara spoke both Irish and English while the others only spoke Irish. Only Barbara and Mark could read and write. Michael (75) was a farmer, Mark was a fisherman and Barbara was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Michael Canavan was the landholder.

 

Kelly

The head of the Kelly family was the widow Bridget (69) and she shared the house with her son Josph (sic) (27). Both were Roman Catholic and Bridget was born in Co. Galway and Josph (sic) was born in America. Bridget spoke only Irish and Josph (sic) spoke both Irish and English. Only Josph (sic) could read and write. Bridget was a farmer and Josph (sic) was a labourer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Bridget Kelly was the landholder.

 

Caufield

The head of the Caufield family in house 21 was John (75) who was married to Barbara (72) and had been for 50 years and in that time they had had 5 children of which 4 had survived. . They lived with their son Joe (55). John was born in Co. Clare and the other 2 were born in Co. Galway with all 3 being Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, John could not read, Barbara could read only and Joe could read and write. John was listed as a farmer and Joe was a labourer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a cow house and a piggery. John Caufield was the landholder.

 

Mulkerrin

The Mulkerrin family in house 23 consisted of 10 members and the head of the family was Mark (44) and he was married to Anne (44) and had been for 15 years and in that time they had had 8 children and all had survived. Those 8 children all lived with them and they were Joseph (14), Mary (13), Anne (11), Margaret (10), Martin (8), Catherine (7), Michael (3) and Simon (11mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There was nothing under the language heading for Michael and baby Simon, Martin and Catherine only spoke Irish and the rest all spoke both Irish and English. All the family, apart from Michael and Simon, could read and write. Mark was a farmer and Joseph, Mary, Anne, Margaret, Martin and Catherine were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and had a cow house. Mark Mulkerrin was the landholder.

 

Keely

The last house in Ard West was that of the Keely family and the head of the family was Peter (36) and he was married to Ellen (30) and had been for 8 years and in that time they had had 8 children, all of which had survived. All of those 5 children lived with them and they were Mary (7), Michael (5), Patrick (4), John (3) and Mathias (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Peter and Ellen spoke both Irish and English and the others only spoke Irish. Only Peter and Ellen could read and write. Peter was a farmer and Mary and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Keely was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Ard West

Overview of Ard West in 1901.

The census of 1901 shows us that there were 29 houses in Ard West at that time with 27 being occupied as houses 16 and 20 were uninhabited. All the houses were private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 19 and 20 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while all the others in the townland had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 13, 19 and 20 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 21, 23 and 29 were 4th class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class. Houses 21, 23 and 29 had 1 room and no window, house 11 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, house 20 had 2 rooms but no windows, houses 3, 5, 17, 22, 25 and 28 had 2 rooms and 1 window and houses 1, 2, 4, 6-10, 12, 14-16, 18, 26 and 27 had 2 rooms and 2 windows. House 20 had 2 rooms and 6 windows, house 13 had 3 rooms and 2 windows and house 19 had 3 rooms and 4 windows. There were a total of 152 people living in Ard West, 72 male and 80 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Murren.

 

Corbett

The head of the first family in Ard West was the widow Mary (50) and she lived with 3 of her children, Pat (30), James (20) and Barbra (sic) (22) and also her grandson, Matthise (sic) (14).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary and Pat could not read but the others could all read and write. Mary was a farmeress (sic), Pat and James were farmer’s sons, Barbra (sic) was a farmer’s daughter and Matthise (sic) was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Corbett was the landholder.

 

McDonough

The head of the family in house 2 was Patt (21) and he lived with his brother Mathias (19) and his 2 sisters, Ellon (sic) (17) and Anne (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Patt was a farmer, Mathias was a farmer’s brother and Ellon (sic) and Anne were farmer’s sisters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat McDonough was the landholder.

 

Walsh

The head of the Walsh family in house 3 was the widow Mary (37) and she shared the house with 4 of her children, Pat (17), Joseph (14), James (12) and Anne (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Mary, who only spoke Irish. Only Joseph, James and Anne could read and write. Mary was a farmeress (sic), Pat was a farmer’s son and Joseph, James and Anne were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Walsh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of this family was Pat (66) and he was married to Eliza (61). They shared the house with 4 of their children and they were Mary (29), Richard (24), Patrick (19) and Annie (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Pat could not read, Eliza and Mary could read only and the rest could all read and write. Pat was listed as being a farmer, Eliza, a wool spinner, Mary did wool carding, Richard did fishing, Patrick was a labourer of a farm and Annie did knitting. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat McDonagh was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

The head of the family in house 5 was the widow Barbara (85) and she shared the house with 4 of her children and they were Bridget (53), Barbara (50), John (47) and Peter (44). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from Barbara (85), who only spoke Irish. The 2 Barbara’s could not read and the other 3 could all read and write. Barbara (85) was a farmer, Bridget and Barbara (50) were farmer’s daughters and John and Peter were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Barbra (sic) McDonagh was listed as the landholder.

 

McDonagh

House 6 was home to another McDonagh family and the head of this family was James (67) and his wife Barbara (60). They shared the house with their sons, Tom (26), James (24) and Bartley (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. James (67) was listed as a farmer and the sons were all farm labourers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James McDonagh was the landholder.

 

McDonough

The head of this family was Patrick (70) and he was married to Ellen (65). They shared the house with 4 of their children, Mary (35), Maggie (32), Patrick (30) and John (27). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Patrick (70) was a farmer, Ellen was a farmer’s wife, Mary and Maggie were farmer’s daughters and Patrick (30) and John were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Patrick McDonagh was listed as the landholder.

 

McDonough

The head of this McDonough family in house 8 was James (61) and he was married to Babara (sic) (49) and they shared the house with 7 of their children and they were Mary (21), Michael (19) Anne (17), Babara (sic), (15), Colman (13),  Eellen (sic) (10) and Peter (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Babara (sic) (49) could read while all the other members of the family could read and write. James was listed as being a farmer, Mary and Anne, as farmer’s daughters, Michael, as a farmer’s son and Babara (sic) (15), Colman, Eellen (sic) and Peter were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James McDonagh was listed as the landholder.

 

McDonagh

House 9 was home to the McDonogh family and they consisted of 7 members and the head of the family was Patt (70) and he was married to Kate (60). They shared the house with 5 of their children and they were Pat (35), Ellen (20), Margaret (18), Kate (16) and Peter (13). Patt could speak only Irish and the rest all spoke both Irish and English and Patt and Kate (60) could not read but the other members of the family could all read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patt was a farmer, Pat was a farmer’s son, Ellen and Margaret were farmer’s daughters and Kate (16) and Peter were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Pat McDonagh was listed as being the landholder.

 

Keely

The head of the family in house 10 was Martin (35) and he was married to Mary (40) and they lived with 2 of their children, Joseph (3) and Mary (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Martin could read and write. Martine was a farmer and Joseph and Mary were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Keely was the landholder.

 

King

The head of the King family in house 11 was Mark (50) and he was married to Ellen (52) and they lived with Mark’s sister, Honor (54). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read and write. Mark was a labourer. The all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and the landholder was Joe McDonagh.

 

McDonagh

The McDonagh Family in house 12 consisted of 8 members and the head of the family was Joe (50) and his wife Mary (43) and they lived with 6 of their children, Patrick (20), Bridget (16), Teresa (11), Henry (8), Mark (6) and Anne (3). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from Mary, who only spoke Irish. Only Joe, Patrick, Teresa and Henry could read and write. Joe was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter and Teresa, Henry, mark and Anne were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joe McDonagh was the landholder.

 

Keely

The head of this Keely family was Peter (25) and he lived with his sister, Margaret (27). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only Peter could read and write. Peter was a farmer and Margaret was a farmer’s daughter. They both shared a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Peter Keely was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The Conneely family in house 14 had 9 members and the head of the family was Mark (50) and he was married to Ann (45). They shared the house with 7 of their children, Joseph (12), Bartley (7), Mark (6), Thomas (5), Patrick (1), Mary (14) and Ann (10). Apart from baby Patrick they could all spoke both Irish and English but only Joseph, Bartley and Ann could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mark was a farmer and Joseph, Bartley, Mark and Ann were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mark Conneely was the landholder.

 

Keely

The head of this Keely family was Colman (40) and he was married to Margaret (35) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Thomas (11), Colman (9), Mary (7), Joe (5), Peter (3) and Anne (8mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English with the exception of baby Anne. Only Margaret, Thomas and Colman (9) could read and write. Colman (40) was a farmer and Thomas, Colman (9), Mary, Joe and Peter were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colman Keely was the landholder.

 

Mulkerrin

The head of the Mulkerrin family in house 17 was Mark (32) and he was married to Anne (32) and they shared the house with 4 of their children Joseph (4), Mary (3), Anne (1) and Margaret (11mths) and Mark’s mother Celia (68). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mark, Anne 932) and Joseph spoke both Irish and English and Mary, Anne (1) and Celia spoke only Irish. Mark was a farmer and Joseph and Mary were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mark Mulkerrin was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                 (additional surnames: King)

The head of the family in house 18 was James (32) and Maggie (36) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Mary (9), Joseph (6), Honor (3) and Sarah (1) and also in the house at that time was a relative, Honor King (80). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Sarah had nothing entered under the Irish Language heading Honor spoke only Irish and the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English. Only James, Maggie and Mary could read and write. James was listed as being a farmer, Maggie, a housekeeper, Honor (80), a nurse and Mary, Joseph and Honor (3) were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James Conneely was the landholder.

 

McNally                                  (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of this family was Michael J. (32) and he was married to Bridget (32). They shared the house with 6 of their children, Mary Ellen (9), George Francis (8), Patrick Joseph (7), Terence (3), Annie (2) and Michael Jos (7mths) and also in the house at that time was a servant, Mary Joyce (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget, Mary Ellen, George Francis, Patrick Joseph and Mary spoke both Irish and English. Terence, Annie and Michael Jos could not read but the other members of the family could all read and write. Both Michael J. and Bridget were national school teachers, Mary was a domestic servant and Mary Ellen, George Francis, Patrick Joseph and Terence were all scholars. They all shared a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and M.J. McNally was listed as the landholder.

 

Gearey                         (additional surname: King)

Catherine (80), a widow, was the head of this family and she shared the house with her son Patrick (40) and her granddaughter, Bridget King (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Catherine and Bridget spoke both Irish and English while Patrick only spoke Irish. None of the family could read or write. Patrick was a labourer and Bridget was a scholar. They all lived in a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and the landholder was M.J. McNally.

 

Canavan

House 22 was home to the Canavan family and the head of this family was Michael (60) and he was married to Anne (60). They shared the house with 4 of their children, Joe (25), Mark (24), Michael (20) and Bridget (19) and also in the house at that time was a niece, Barbara (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except baby Barbara, and none of the family could read or write. Michael was a farmer, Joe, Mark and Michael were farmer’s sons and Bridget was a farmer’s daughter. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Canavan was the landholder.

 

Flannery                                  (additional surnames: Mulkerrin and Gorham)

The head of this family was listed as Catherine (75) and she shared the house with her cousin Ellen Mulkerrin (73) and a lodger, Sally Gorham (75). Catherine spoke both Irish and English while Ellen and sally spoke only Irish and none of them could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There was no occupation listed for any of them. They all lived together in a single roomed, 4th class house and Michael Canavan was the landholder.

 

Kelly                        (additional surname: Towle (sic))

The head of this family was John (48) and he was married to Bridget (52) and they shared the house with their son Joseph (17) and a visitor, Anne Towle (sic) (90). All were Roman Catholic and John and Bridget were born in Co. Galway, Joseph was born in U.S. America and Anne was born in Co. Mayo. Anne spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English but only Joseph could read and write. John was a farmer, Bridget and Anne were housekeepers and Joseph was a labourer on farm. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Kelly was the landholder.

 

Caufield

House 25 was home to the Caufield family and the head of that family was John (65) and he was married to Barbara (60) and they lived with their son Joseph (35). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and John could not read, Barbara could read only and Joseph could read and write. John was a farmer and Joseph was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and John Caufield was the landholder.

 

McDonagh

This McDonagh family consisted of 10 people and the head of the family was John (42) and he was married to Anne (40) and they shared the house with 7 of their children Margaret (7), Mary (6), Bridget (4), Anne (4), Honor (2), John (1) and Colman (6mths) and also in the house at that time was John’s mother, Margaret (75). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Margaret (75) spoke only Irish, John (1) and baby Colman had nothing entered under that heading and the rest all spoke both Irish and English. Mary could read only and John and Margaret (7) could read and write while the other members of the family could not read. John (42) was a farmer and Margaret (7), Mary, Bridget, Anne (4), Honor and John were listed as being scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John McDonagh was the landholder.

 

Keaney

The widow Sarah (60) was the head of this family in house 27 and she lived with 6 of her children, Mark (20), Spephen (sic) (19), Joseph (13), Barbara (16), Bridget (12) and Patrick (10) and also in the house at that time was Sarah’s mother-in-law, Sarah (85). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. the 2 Sarah’s spoke only Irish and the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English. The 2 Sarah’s could not read, Patrick could read only and the other members of the family could all read and write. Sarah (60) was a farmeress, Mark, Spephen (sic) and Joseph were farmer’s sons, Barbara was a farmer’s daughter and Bridget and Patrick were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3d class dwelling and Sarah Keaney was the landholder.

 

OConnor (sic)                         (additional surname: Pearl)

The head of this household was listed as Margaret (80) and she lived with her sister Mary (90) and both were widows. Both spoke both Irish and English and neither of them could read. They were both born in Co. Galway and Margaret was Church of Ireland and Mary was a Roman Catholic. Margaret was a farmer and Mary a farm servant. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Margaret O’Connor was listed as the landholder.

 

King

The last house in Ard West was home to the King family of 2. The widow Anne (50) was the head of the family and she shared the house with her son Tom (11). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anne spoke only Irish and Tom spoke both Irish and English and only Tom could read and write. Anne was a housekeeper and Tom was a scholar. They shared a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and Joe Conneely was the landholder.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Ard West

Maria Keely – Application No. C/20 8675. The application was received on 09/09/1920 with an address of Mrs. Maria McDonagh, Ard West, Carna, Recess, Co. Galway. Maria’s parent’s names were John and Anne Keely (Mulkerrin). An address in 1851 was Ard West, in the parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co Galway. In the left hand margin there were the hand written names: Colman, Mark, Barbara, Annie and Waffie[i] (?) (sic). There was a hand written note saying Please Re-search. The search was returned on 10/09/20 with the notes:

 

Margt (sic) Conneely 78        Head

Patt Keely                   2          Grandson

Mary Keely                 2          Granddaughter

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Also, a hand written note saying, fro 22/09/1920 see over.

On a second page the following handwritten notes were written:

 

Re-searched Ard West “Fam not found”

John Keely                  80                    Head                married 1820

Bridget    “                  80                    Wife                married 1820

Pat    “                         46                    Son                              Single

John   “                      40                    Son                                do

Mary  “                      16                    Granddaughter              do

 

Sheet 16

 

Joseph McDonagh (Pat) – Application No. C/20 4833. Application received on 06/04/19120. The address at that time was given as Ard West, Carna, Co. Galway. Parent’s names were given as Patrick and Sarah McDonagh (Keely). Residence in 1851 was Ard West, in the parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 01/05/1920, it was certified on 05/05/1920 and a copy was dispatched to the applicant on 05/05/1920.

 

John Green – Application No. C/17 8246. The application was received on 29/10/1917 and an address at that time was given as Mr. John Green (Pat) Ard East, Carna, Co. Galway. His parent’s names were given as Pat and Bridget Green (Kelly). The address in 1851 was Ard East, in the parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co Galway. The search was returned on 30/10/1917, it was certified on 31/10/1917 and a copy was dispatched to the applicant on 01/11/1917.

 

Martin Kerrigan – Application No. C/15 1278. The application was received on 22/02/1915 with an address of Mr. Nicholas O’Connor, Lettermore, Galway. Martin’s parents were given as Pat and Ellen Kerrigan. The 1851 address was Ard East, in the parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch Co. Galway. The search was returned on 02/03/1915, it was certified on 03/03/1915 and a copy was dispatched to the applicant on 04/03/1915.

 

Mary Connor – Application No. C/15 823. Application was received on 03/02/1915. The address given at that time was Mrs. Mary Mitterr (sic), Errisbeg, Roundstone, Co. Galway. Mary’s parent’s were given as Pat and Mary Anne Connor (King). The 1851 residence was given as Errisbeg East, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 04/02/1915, it was certified on 06/02/1915 and a copy was dispatched to the applicant on 08/02/1915.

 

Michael Connor – Application No. C/15 1597. The application was received on 08/03/1915. The address at that time was given as Errisbeg West, Roundstone, Co. Glaway. Michael’s parents were given as Patrick and Mary Anne Connor or Conor (King). The 1851 residence was given as Errisbeg West, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 09/03/1915, it was certified on 10/03/1915 and a copy was dispatched to the applicant on11/03/1915.

 

Margaret Faherty – Application No. D/10 20684. The application was received on 19/09/1910. The officer of Customs and Excise was Oughterard. Margaret’s parent’s names were given as Pat and Anne Faherty. The residence in 1851 listed the townlands of Cashel, Doonreaghan, Illion East, Illion West, Tawnaghmore and Derryvoreada, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on the 01/10/1910. Particulars found were no trace of family.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Ard West

According to the Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) James Greene leased 5 acres and 2 roods of land from John McDonough, Thomas Mulkerrin and Patrick McDonough for which he paid John £1 1s and Thomas and Patrick 10s each per annum. James Greene also leased a house from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Co. for 5s. There was an area of 376 acres and 10 perches of land that was part owned jointly by John McDonough, Thomas Mulkerrin and Patrick McDonough and individually by Thomas Mulkerrin, James Conroy, Mathias King and Patrick McDonough. The jointly owned area of that land was leased to the following tenants. Thomas Mulkerrin paid £3 17s for land and 10s for a house, Peter Kealy paid £5 15s for land and £1 for a house and office, John Kealy paid £5 15s for land and 15s for a house and offices and James Conroy paid £2 17s for land and 8s for a house and office. Patrick McDonough paid £5 15s for land and 12s for a house, John McDonough (peter), John McDonough (Phelin) and Tomas McDonough (peter) each paid £5 15s for land and 15s for houses. Matthias King £2 17s for land and 8s for a house and Patrick McDonough paid £2 17s for land and 10s for a house. The individual areas of that 376 acres and 10 perches were leased as follows. Catherine King leased land and a house from Patrick McDonough for £1 18s for the land and 8s for the house, Laurence Barrett leased a house and land from James Conroy for £2 17s for the land and 12s for the house. John Geary leased an area of land and a house from Matthias King for £2 17s for the land and 8s for the house and Redmond Flaherty leased land and a house from Patrick McDonough for £2 17s for the land and 8s for the house. Martin McDonough leased a house from Redmond Flaherty and Patrick McDonough for 5s, There was a vacant house belonging to Patrick McDonough with an annual ratable valuation of 5sWilliam Kelly leased a house from John McDonough for 8s and Matthew Conneely leased a house from Patrick McDonough for 5s. There were also 23 acres, 1 rood and 28 perches of water in the townland of Ard West.

 

1670 Down Survey for Ard West

The 1670 Down Survey names for this area were Urrasebeg, Litter Veark, Ehariknock, Sheanbeenon, Allice, Erouellough and Ballynumgan Mountain. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Murragh O’Flaharty and in 1670 the owners were the Catholic Richard Martin and Thomas Lynch and the Protestant Edward Browne.

[i] Name difficult to read.

 

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