Canower

Ceannúir

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Canower

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:    Moyrus

Area:                                         295.02 acres / 295 acres, 0 roods, 2 perches

 

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

Map

Galway Library for Canower

 

1911 Census for Canower

Overview of Canower in 1911.

The census of 1911 shows that there were a total of 14 houses in the townland of Canower. All were listed as being private dwellings and all were occupied. All were constructed of stone, brick or concrete and house 1 had slate, iron or tiles for roofing while the others all had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1, 2 and 10 were 2nd class dwellings, house 9 was a 4th class dwelling and the others were all 3rd class dwellings. House 9 had 1 room and no windows, Houses 3, 4, 11, 12 and 14 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, House 2 and 10 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and the others all had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) shows that there were a total of 14 out buildings in the townland consisting of 9 cow houses and 5 piggeries. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were total of 56 people, 34 male and 26 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Kelly.

 

McDonagh

The first house in Canower was home to the McDonagh family and the head of this family was the widow Bridget (57) who had been married for 30 years and had had 7 children of which 6 had survived. She shared the house with 4 of her sons, Thady (31), Martin (24), Patrick (22) and John (18). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. Bridget could not read but all the sons in the house could read and write. Thady was an oyster waterman and Martin, Patrick and John were farmer’s sons. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Bridget McDonagh was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of the Joyce family in house 2 was John (45) and he had been married to Maggie (33) for 10 years and they had 5 children and all 5 had survived. Those 5 children lived with them and they were Mary Anne (9), Maggie (8), Bridget (6), Patrick (4) and John (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (45), Maggie (33) and Mary Anne spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other members of the family which could mean that they only spoke English. Only John (45) Maggie (33) and Mary Anne could read and write. John was a farmer and Mary Anne was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class house with 2 cow houses. John Joyce was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this Folan family was Peter (60) and he had been married to Mary (58) for 20 years and in that time they had had 7 children of which 5 had survived. Those 5 children lived with them and they were Joseph (17), Bridget (16), Sarah (14), Mary (12) and Annie (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (58) spoke only Irish, There was nothing entered for Joseph and Annie, which could indicate that they only spoke English and the other members of the family all spoke both Irish and English. Mary (58) could not read, Annie could read only and the others could all read and write. Peter was listed as being a farmer, Joseph was a farmer’s son, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter and Sarah, Mary (12) and Annie were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a piggery. Peter Folan John was the landholder.

 

Folan

Joseph (36) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (40) for 6 years and in that time they had had 3 children and all had survived. They shared the house with Joseph’s brother, John (35) and their 3 children, Mary (5), John (3) and Annie (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph, Mary and John spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Joseph was a farmer and John was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and a piggery. Joseph Folan was the landholder.

 

Folan

House 5 was home to another Folan family and the head of this family was Morgan (46) and he was married to Annie (38) and they had been married for 9 years and they had 4 children that all survived. Those children also lived with them and they were Michael (7), Mary (5), John (3) and Patrick (10mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Morgan and Annie spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the children so that may indicate that they only spoke English. Morgan and Annie could read and write. Morgan was recorded as being a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Morgan Folan was the landholder.

 

Folan

The Folan family that lived in house 6 had as their head of the family Bridget (55), who was married and had been for 33 years but her husband was not in the house at the time of this census. She had had 10 children and 7 of those had survived. She shared the house with 5 of those children and they were Patrick (27), Michael (23), Thomas (15), Martin (13) and Bridget (11). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. All, apart from Bridget (55), could read and write. Patrick, Michael and Thomas were listed as being farmer’s sons and Martin and Bridget (11) were scholars. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and the landholder was recorded as Bridget Folan Senior.

 

Folan

The widow Mary (65) was the head of this family and she shared the house with 4 of her sons, Joseph (24), Patrick (21), Thomas (16) and Morgan (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Joseph, Patrick and Thomas wee farmer’s sons and Morgan was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and piggery. Mary Folan Junior was recorded as the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this Folan family in house 8 was Peter (28) and he shared the house with his sister, Annie (21) and 2 of his brothers, Thomas (18) and Michael (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Peter Folan Peter was listed as the landholder.

 

Folan

The sole occupant of house 9 was Mary (76) and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She could speak both Irish and English but could not read. She had no occupation listed. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 4th class dwelling but there was no landholder listed.

 

Joyce

The head of the Joyce household was the widower Michael (75) and he lived with 4 of his sons, Michael (32), Colman (30), Peter (22) and Thomas (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. With the exception of Michel (75), they could all read and write. Michael (75) was a farmer and all the sons were listed as being farmer’s sons. They all lived in 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Joyce was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this Folan family was Bridget (42), a widow, and she lived with 3 of her children, Patrick (19), Ellen (17) and Thomas (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English except Thomas for whom there was no listing under that heading so that could indicate that he only spoke English. Only Patrick and Ellen could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Folan Junior was the landholder.

 

Devane

John (52) was the sole occupant of house 12 and he was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He spoke Irish and English but could not read. He was recorded as being a farmer. The house he lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. John Devane was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Stephen (80) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (73) and had been for 50 years and in that time they had had 10 children and 7 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son-in-law, Martin (30) who had been married to their daughter, Norah (30) for 2 years, but had no children at that time. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. All, apart from Mary, could read and write. Stephen was listed as being a farmer and Martin was a farmer’s son. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Stephen Joyce was the landholder.

 

Folan

Michael (35) was the sole occupant of the last house in Canower. He was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He could read and write and spoke both Irish and English. His occupation was listed as being a farmer. The house he lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and he was the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census for Canower

Overview of Canower in 1901.  

The 1901 census shows that there a total of 12 houses in the townland of Canower and all of those were occupied and listed as being private dwellings. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete with house 11 having a slate, iron or tiled roof and the others, all having thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 11 and 12 were 2nd class dwellings and the other houses were all 3rd class. Houses 5 and 6 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 8, 9 and 10 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, 1-4, 7 and 11 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 12 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (Form B2) shows that there were a total of 10 out buildings consisting of 1 stable, 5 cow houses, 1 piggery and 3 barns. The Enumerator’s abstract return (Form N) shows that there were a total of 59 people in the townland, 33 male and 26 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Michael Begley.

 

Folan

Peter (50) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (50) and they shared the house with 7 of their children and they were Patt (21), John (20), Bridget (18), Peter (16), Mary (14), Festy (12) and Annie (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic although there were no entries for Patt and Bridget. All the family spoke both Irish and English and again there were no entries for Patt and Bridget. Mary could not read but all the other members of the family could read and write. Peter (50) was recorded as being a farmer, John was a railway porter, Peter (16) and Mary (14) were both recorded as being farmer’s sons, although Mary would have been a farmer’s daughter. Festy and Annie were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Folan was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Michael (60) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (55) and they shared the house with 5 of their sons, Michael (26), Colman (24), Martin (22), Peter (17) and Tom (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English except Mary (55), who only spoke Irish. Only Michael (26), Colman, Martin and Tom could read and write. Michael (60) and Mary (55) were listed as farmers, Michael (26), Colman, Martin and Peter were farmer’s sons and Tom was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Joyce was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of this Joyce family was Stephen (63) and he was married to Mary (58) and they shared the house with2 of their children, Joseph (22) and Honoria (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. Apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Stephen was a farmer, Joseph was a farmer’s son and Honoria was a farmer’s daughter. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Stephen Joyce was the landholder.

 

Duane

The widow Barbara (70) was listed as the head of this family in house 4 and she shared the house with her son John (40). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English. Only John could read and write. Barbara was a farmer and John was a farmer’s son. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Barbara Duane was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this family was Thomas (40) and he was married to Bridget (36) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Patrick (10), John (6), Mary (3) and Bridget (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas, Bridget (36) and Patrick spoke Irish and English and John and Mary spoke only English. Thomas was a farmer, Patrick and John were scholars and Bridget (1) was listed as being an infant. They all lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Thomas Folan was the landholder.

 

Folan

Morgan (50) was the head of this family in house 6 and he was married to Mary (50) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Bridget (20), Anne (18), Mary (16), Joseph (14), Michael (12) and Morgan (5). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the family spoke both Irish and English. Morgan (5) could not read, Michael could read only and the rest of the family could all read and write. Morgan was a farmer and wool weaver, Bridget, Anne and Mary (16) were farmer’s daughters, Joseph was a farmer’s son and Michael and Morgan (5) were scholars. They all shared a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Morgan Folan was the landholder.

 

Folan

Peter (35) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (32) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Joseph (7), Bridget (4), Sarah (2) and Mary (1). They all were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All, with the exception of Sarah and Mary, could speak both Irish and English. Joseph and Bridget could read only, Peter could read and write and the others could not read. Peter was a farmer, Joseph and Bridget were scholars and Sarah and Mary were infants. The house they all lived in was 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Folan (Patt) was listed as the landholder.

 

Folan                           (additional surname: Mulkerrin)

The head of this family was John (75) and Sybia (72) and they lived with their 2 sons, Morgan (31) and Michael (28) and 2 nieces, Mary Mulkerrin (12) and Norah Mulkerrin (6). All spoke both Irish and English and were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Mary could read only, John, Morgan and Michael could read and write and the others could not read. John was a farmer, Morgan and Michael worked on the farm and Mary and Norah were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Folan was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of this Joyce family was Patrick (75) and he was married to Mary (72) and they shared the house with their son, John (35) and daughter-in-law, Margaret (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke only Irish and the other spoke both Irish and English. Mary could not read but the others could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer and John was an oyster watchman. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Patrick Joyce was the landholder.

 

Folan

The sole occupant of house 10 was Mary (58) and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke both Irish and English but could not read. She had no occupation. She lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Richard Berridge was the landholder.

 

McDonagh                              (additional surname: Nee)

The head of this family was Patrick (66), who was recorded as having “no informatees” under the specific illnesses heading. He was married to Bridget (45) and they shared the house with 5 of their sons, Theady (21), Michael (16), Martin (14), Patrick (11) and John (8) and also Patrick’s Mother Bridget Nee (86), a widow. They all spoke both Irish and English with the exception of Bridget Nee, who only spoke Irish. They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Bridget (45) and Bridget (86) could not read but all the others could read and write. Patrick (66) was an oyster watchman, Bridget (45) was a housekeeper, Theady and Michael were in farming, Martin, Patrick (11) and John were attending school and Bridget Nee had no occupation. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Patrick McDonagh was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of the last family in Canower was Festus (80) and he was married to Sibiney (sic) (70) and they shared the house with3 of their sons, John (46), Joseph (27) and Morgan (25). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Sibiney (sic) spoke only Irish while the other members of the family spoke Irish and English. Sibiney (sic) could not read but the others could all read and write. Festus, John, Joseph and Morgan were all listed as being farm labourers. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Festus Folan was the landholder.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Canower

Mary Folan – Application No. C/16 3843. The application was received on 28th June 1916 with an address at that time of Miss Mary Folan (Festy), Ailinacally, Toombeola, Co. Galway. Her parent’s names were given as Festy and Sarah Folan (Mannion). The address in 1851 was given as Lettershinna, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 29th June 1916.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Canower

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the immediate lesor for the townland was the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Co. They leased 271 acres, 3roods and 15 perches of land with buildings to John Folan, Festus Folan and Patrick Folan for which John and Festus each paid £6 5s for land and 10s for houses and Patrick paid £6 5s for land and 12s for a house and office. There was 1 island belonging to the tenents of Canower of 32 perches but was of no agricultural value.

 

1670 Down Survey for Canower

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was  Ballenahinch. The owner in 1841 was the Catholic, Murragh O’Flaharty and in 1670 the owner was the Protestant, Sir Thomas Meredith.

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