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Townland:                                Caher

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:     Moyrus

Area:                                          749.82 acres / 749 acres, 3 roods, 10 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Roundstone R.C. Parish 1872-1881

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Caher (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Caher

Logainm for Caher

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Caher

 

1911 Census for Caher

Overview of Caher in 1911.

The census of 1911 shows that there were 6 houses in the townland of Caher. All were private dwellings and were occupied House 1 was a 2nd class dwelling and the others were all 3rd class. All the houses were constructed of atone, brick or concrete and house I had slate, iron or tiles for roofing while the others all had thatch, wood or other perishable materials. House 5 had 1 room and 2 windows in the front, Houses 2-4 and 6 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 1 had 3 rooms and 2 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B) shows that there were a total of 20 out buildings in Caher consisting of 4 stables, 6 cow houses, a calf house, 5 piggeries sand 4 barns. The enumerator’s abstract return (Form N) shows that there were a total of 30 people in the townland at that time consisting of 11 male and 19 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Gildea.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Mulkerrin)

The head of the first house in Caher was Festus (38) and he was married to May Anne (25) and they shared the house with Festus’s sister, Nora (32), a boarder, Joseph Mulkerrin (62), a widower, and a servant, Patt (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English except for Mary Anne, whom there was nothing listed under the language heading so that could indicate that she only spoke English. All, except Joseph, could read and write. Festus was a shopkeeper and Joseph and Patt were listed as general servants. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Festus Joyce was the landholder.

 

Ward                           (additional surname: Griffin)

John (64) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to his wife Bridget (68) for 36 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all of those children had survived. They shared the house with a boarder, Colman Griffin (50). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Bridget spoke only Irish and Colman could speak both Irish and English but only Colman could read and write. John was a farmer and Colman was a labourer. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. John Ward was the landholder.

 

Burke

The sole occupant of house 3 was the widow Mary (79) and she was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway and spoke only Irish but could not read. She was listed as being a farmer. She lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and she had a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Mary was the landholder.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Folan)

The head of this family was John (45) and he had been married to Bridget (27) for 5 years and in that time they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. They shared the house with those children, Delia (3), Mary (1yr 6mths) and John Joseph (1mth), and also a servant, Mary Folan (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English except the children. Only John and Bridget could read and write. John was a farmer and Mary Folan was listed as being a scholar. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a calf house. John Joyce was the landholder.

 

Staunton

There were 8 members of the Staunton family in house 5 with the head of the family being John (57) and he had been married to Nappy[i] (38) for 12 years and in that time they had had 6 children and all of those had survived. They shared the house with those children and they were Mary (11), Ellen (9), Bridget (7), Norah (5), Anne (3) and Sarah (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke only Irish and Nappy, Ellen, Mary and Bridget spoke both Irish and English. Bridget could read only, Nappy, Mary and Ellen could read and write and the others could not read. John was a farmer and Mary, Ellen and Bridget were scholars. They all lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. John Staunton was the landholder.

 

Burke                          (additional surname: Joyce)

The last house in Caher was home to the Burke family and the head of this family was the widower Patrick (73) who had been married for 38 years and had had 10 children, all of whom had survived. He shared the house with his son, Patrick (40) and his wife, Mary (30) and they had been married for 3 years and they had 2 children. Also in the house was another son Martin (26), 2 children listed as daughters, Delia (2) and Mary[ii] (1) and also a servant Bridget Joyce (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (73) spoke only Irish and the others, except the 2 young children, spoke both Irish and English. Patrick, (40), Mary (30), Martin and Bridget were the only ones that could read and write. The 2 Patrick’s were listed as being farmers and Martin was a labourer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Patrick Burke was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Caher

Overview of Caher in 1901.

The census of 1901 shows that there were 8 houses in the townland of Caher. House 1 was recorded as being a private dwelling and shop, house 8 was unoccupied, but Festus Joyce was listed as the landholder, and the others were all private dwellings. House 7 was listed as having Mary Fitzpatrick as the head of the family and Frank Joyce as the landholder but there were no records of the family in the census. All the houses were built of stone, brick or concrete and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 to 3 were 2nd class dwellings, house 7 was a 4th class dwelling and the others were all 3rd class. House 7 had 1 room and no windows, house 4 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, house 5, 6 and 8 had 2 rooms and 1 window and houses 1 to 3 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 30 people in the townland at that time, 17 male and 13 female. The enumerator for the area was Martin Fahy.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Conroy)

The head of the first house in Caher was Festus (62) and he was married to Honor (59) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, John (31), Festus (27), Michael (24) and Honor (22) and a cousin, Patt Conroy (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. All with the exception of Honor (59) could read and write. Festus was a farmer, Honor (59) was a farmer’s wife, John, Festus (27) and Michael were farmer’s sons, Honor (22) was a farmer’s daughter and Patt was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Festus Joyce was the landholder.

 

Burke

The head of the Burke family in house 2 was Patrick (62) and he was married to Winafred (sic) (55) and they shared the house with 6 of their children and they were Patt (30), Thomas (24), Margaret (19), Martin (16), Stephen (13) and Delia (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. All of the family could read and write. Patrick was a farmer, Patt and Thomas were farmer’s sons, Margaret was a farmer’s daughter and Martin, Stephen and Delia were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Patrick Burke was the landholder.

 

Stanton

The head of this family was Peter (66) and he was married to Norah (63) and they shared the house with their son, Peter (30), their son, John (40) and John’s wife, Nappy[iii] (23) and a granddaughter Mary (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English, except baby Mary. Only Peter (66), Peter (30) and Nappy could read and write. Peter (66) was a farmer, Peter (30) and John were farmer’s sons and Mary was a farmer’s daughter. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Peter Stanton was the landholder.

 

Mary Connolly (45), a widow, was the sole occupant of house 4 and she was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. She could speak Irish and English but could not read. She was listed as being a farmer. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Ward was the landholder.

 

Ward

John (38) was the head of the family in house 5 and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with their son Michael (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English and all of them could read and write. John was a railway milerman (sic) and Michael was a scholar. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Ward was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Frank (63) was the head of this family and he lived with his wife, Catherine (62). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. Frank was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Frank Joyce was the landholder.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Caher

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the immediate lessor for the townland of Caher was the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Co. and they jointly leased houses and offices on 736 acres, 2 roods and 26 perches of land (part mountain) to Michael Burke and Anthony Joyce for which they both paid £5 for the land and 10s for the buildings annually. There was also 253 acres, 3 roods and 21 perches of water in the townland.

 

1670 Down Survey for Caher

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Cashell. The 1641 owner was Murragh O’Flaharty, a Catholic and in 1670, the owner was John Brown, a Protestant.

[i]              A local name for Penelope.

[ii]              Likely to be daughters of Patrick (40) and Mary (30).

[iii]             Nappy was a local name for Penelope.

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