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Townland:                                Cuilleen

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                        Carna

District Electoral Division:   Knockboy

Area:                                        642.15 acres / 642 acres, 0 roods, 24 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Cuilleen (No records)

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Galway Library for Cuilleen

Logainm for Cuilleen

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Cuilleen

 

1911 Census for Cuilleen

Overview of Cuilleen in 1911

The 1911 census for the townland of Cuilleen shows that there were a total of 18 houses and all of those were listed as being private dwellings and were occupied. Houses 1, 2, 4, 8and 15 were classed as 2nd class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class dwellings. Houses 7, 10 and 12-14 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, houses 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 16-18 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and houses 1, 2, 4, 8 and 15 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) there were a total of 19 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of a stable, 12 cow houses, 5 piggeries and 1 barn. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 90 people living in Cuilleen at that time and they consisted of 39 male and 51 female. The enumerator for the area was Constable James Clarke.

Connelly

The head of the first family in Cuilleen was John (51) who had been married to Katie (39) for 20 years and in that time they had had 10 children and 9 of those had survived. They shared the house with those 9 children and they were Mary Anne (19), Bridget (16), Patrick (14), Joseph (12), John (11), Katie (9), Barbara Ellen (6), Honor (4) and Penelope (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Honor and Penelope, who only spoke English, all spoke both Irish and English and with the exception of Honor and Penelope they could all read and write. John (51) was listed as being a farmer and Joseph, John (11) and Katie (9) were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Connelly was the landholder.

Ridge

There were 7 members of the Ridge family in house 2 and the head of the family was Patrick (44) and he had been married to Mary (39) for 10 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. Those children lived with them at that time and were Kieran (6), Mark (2), Mary (9), Babra (sic) (7) and Bridget (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Patrick, Mary (39) and Mary (9) could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Kieran, Mary (9) and Babra (sic) were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. Patrick Ridge was the landholder.

Barrett                                (addition surname: Fitzpatrick)

Head of the Barrett family in house 3 was Patrick (45) and he had been married to Bridget (45) for 22 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 8 of those had survived. Those 8 children also lived in the house at that time and they were Joseph (21), Mathias (18, Mary (16), Bridget (14), Annie (13), James (11), Sarah (9) and Maggie (2). Also in the house at that time was William’s mother-in-law, Mary Fitzpatrick (72), who was a widow. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary Fitzpatrick spoke only Irish but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Apart from Maggie and Mary Fitzpatrick the whole family could read and write. William was a farmer, Joseph and Mathias were farmer’s sons and Bridget (14), Annie, James and Sarah were all scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and William Barrett was the landholder.

Barrett                                (additional surname: Geary)

The head of the Barrett family in house 4 was Mathias (78) and he had been married to Bridget (79) for 46 years and in that time they had 8 children but only 4 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son-in-law, Michael Geary (43) who had been married to their daughter Sarah (39) for 9 years and they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. Also in the house were 5 of Mathias and Bridget’s grandchildren all with the surname Geary and they were Bartly (8), Mary Anne (7), Bridget (5), Sarah (3) and Joseph (8mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mathias and Bridget (79) spoke only Irish and the rest of the family, except Sarah (3) and baby Joseph, all spoke both Irish and English. Only Sarah (39), Bartly and Mary Anne could read and write. Mathias was listed as being a farmer and Michael was a farm labourer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Mathias Barrett was the landholder.

McDonagh

The head of the McDonagh family in house 5 was the widow Bridget (72) and she shared the house with her son Patrick (33) and daughter-in-law Barbra (29). Bridget only spoke Irish and Patrick and Barbra spoke both Irish and English and only Patrick and Barbra could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget was listed as being a farmer, Patrick as a farmer’s son and Barbra as a housekeeper. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Bridget McDonagh was the landholder.

McGrath                             (additional surname: Flannery)

Barbara (66), a widow, was listed as the head of the family and also in the house at that time was a visitor Catherine Flannery (87). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Barbara spoke only Irish and Catherine could speak both Irish and English and neither of them could read. Barbra was listed as being a farmer and Catherine was a housekeeper. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Barbara McGrath was the landholder.

Coyne                                  (additional surname: Folan)

The head of this family was Kate (54) and she shared the house with her widowed mother Bridget (85) and her daughter Bridget Folan (23). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Kate and Bridget Folan both spoke Irish and English and Bridget spoke only Irish and only Bridget Folan could read and write. Kate was a farmer and Bridget Folan was a housekeeper. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Kate Coyne was the landholder.

Lee

The head of this Lee family was Colman (34) who was married to Mary (24) and had been for 3 years and in that time they had had 1 child and that child was Patrick (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both Colman and Mary spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Colman was a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and Colman Lee was the landholder.

Lee

This Lee family had the widow Mary (61) as the head and she shared the house with 3 of her children, Peter (27), Pat (20) and Bridget (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all but Mary could read and write. Mary was listed as a farmer, Peter and Pat were farmer’s sons and Bridget was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and had a stable and a cow house. Mary Lee was the landholder.

Green

The Green family in house 10 had Colman (79) as the head of the family and he was married to Bridget (77) and they had been married for 56 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. Their son Patrick (36) lived with them. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Colman and Bridget only spoke Irish and Patrick could speak both Irish and English and only he could read and write. Colman was a farmer and Patrick was listed as being a farmer’s son. The house which they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Colman Green was the landholder.

Keneavey                            (additional surname: Conneely)

The head of the Keneavy family was Edward (62) who had been married to Mary (73) for 32 years and in that time they had had 3 children and all 3 had survived. They shared the house with their son Joseph (27) and Edward’s step daughter, Mary Conneely (49). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Edward and Joseph could speak both Irish and English and could read and write while the 2 Mary’s could only speak Irish and could not read. Edward was listed as being a farmer, Joseph was a farmer’s son and Mary Conneely was a housekeeper. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. Edward Keneavey was the landholder.

Kilmartin

The head of this family in house 12 was Kerrin (sic) (44) and he was married to Sarah (51) and had been for 15 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. Those 5 children all lived with them and they were Mary (15), Barbra (14), Bridget (12), Sarah (8) and Honor (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Kerrin (sic) and Sarah (51) spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Kerrin (sic) and Sarah (51) could not read but all the others could read and write. Kerrin (sic) was listed as being a farmer and Barbra, Bridget, Sarah (8) and Honor were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Kerrin (sic) Kilmartin was the landholder.

Folan

The head of this family was the widow Bridget (76) and she lived with her son Joseph (36). Bridget spoke only Irish and Joseph spoke both Irish and English. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Joseph could read and write. Bridget was a housekeeper and Joseph was a farm labourer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Kilmartin was the landholder.

Kilmartin

The head of this Kilmartin Family was Martin (68) and he had been married to Bridget (68) for 35 years and in that time they had had 8 children but only 4 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son Martin (21). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin (68) and Bridget spoke only Irish and Martin (21) spoke both Irish and English and none of them could read. Martin (68) was a farmer and Martin (21) was listed as a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Martin Kilmartin was the landholder.

Conroy                                (additional surnames: Flanagan and Connell)

House 15 was the home of the Conroy family and the head of the family was the widow Bridget (74) and she lived with 3 of her children, Bartley (50), Mary (40) and Patrick (36) and 2 boarders, Patrick Flanagan (60) and William Connell (30). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Bridget could not read but all the others could read and write. Bridget was a farmer, Bartley was a farmer’s son and Patrick (36), Patrick Flanagan and William Connell were all tailors. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Bridget Conroy was the landholder.

Conroy

Another Conroy family lived in house 16 and the head of this family was the widow Norah (70) and she shared the house with her 3 children, Patrick (24), Peter (20) and Maggie (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Norah spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English and Bridget could not read but the others could all read and write. Norah was listed as being a farmer, Patrick and Peter were listed as farmer’s sons and Maggie was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Norah Conroy was the landholder.

Ridge

The head of the Ridge family in house 17 was Thomas (38) and he was married to Norah (25) and had been for 6 years and they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were Patrick (4), Mark (5) and Bridget (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from young Bridget. Thomas and Norah could read and write and Mark could read only. Thomas was a farmer and Mark was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Thomas Ridge was the landholder.

Conneely                           (additional surname: Courtney)

Michael (47) was listed as the head of the family and he shared the house with his sister Barbra Courtney (50) who had been married to William Courtney for 2 years. All 3 were listed as deaf and dumb. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic and all 3 could read and write. Michael was a farmer and tailor, Barbra was a dress maker and William was a shoe maker. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Michael Conneely was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Cuilleen

Overview of Cuilleen in 1901

The house and building return (form B1) in the 1901 census shows that there were 17 houses, all listed as private dwellings and all occupied. However the list of families for the townland only shows 16 family houses. According to the house and building return house 14 was constructed of mud, wood or other perishable material for walls and the other houses were all constructed stone, brick or concrete walls. All the houses had thatch wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All the houses were listed as 3rd class dwellings although houses 2, 10 and 12-14 should be 4th class dwellings. 5 houses were listed as having no rooms and 1 windowi, 8 houses had 1 room and 1 window, 2 houses had 1 room and 2 windows, 1 house had 2 rooms and 1 window and 1 house had 2 rooms and 2 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were a total of 8 out buildings in Cuilleen consisting of 4 cow houses, 2 piggeries and 2 barns.

Note:

The house and building return (form B1) and the out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) do not match with family names listed for the houses in this census for Cuilleen. For that reason, details of rooms and classes of houses belonging to those names, along with the out buildings cannot be reliably listed here.

Kilmartin

The head of the family in house 1 was Martin (50) and his wife Bridget (50) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Bridget (20), Joe (19), Edward (19), Michael (16), Martin (14) and Honor (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin (50), Bridget (20), Joe and Edward all spoke both Irish and English while the others spoke only Irish and none of the family could read. Martin (50) was listed as being a farmer, Bridget (50), a housekeeper, Bridget (20), a housekeeper, Joe, Edward, Michael and Martin (14) were domestic labourers and Honor was a scholar.

Kilmortin (sic)

The head of this family was the widow Mary (70) and she shared the house with her son Michael (25). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, both spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Mary was listed as being a farmer and Michael was listed as a son.

Barrett                               (additional surname: Fitzpatrick)

The head of this Barrett family was William (37), who was married but his wife was not listed. He lived in the house with his married niece, Bridget Fitzpatrick (40) and 6 of his children, Joseph (10), Matty (8), Mary (6), Bridget (4), Aney (sic) (2) and James (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except the 2 younger children, Aney (sic) and James. None of the family could read or write. William and Bridget (40) were listed as being Waver (sic) by trade and Joseph, Matty, Mary, Bridget (4) and Aney (sic) were listed as scholars.

Conroy

The widow Bridget (60) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with 4 of her children, Bartly (28), Mary (23), Patrick (20) and John (18). Bridget spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Bridget could not read but all the others in the family could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget, Bartley and John were listed as being farmers, Mary was listed as being a daughter and Patrick was a tailor.

Conroy

There were 8 members of the Conroy family in house 5 and the head of the family was Anthony (70) and he was married to Noragh (sic) (50) and they lived in the house with their 5 children, John (20), Pat (15), Kate (18), Peter (10) and Maggie (8) and a niece, Catherine (80). All spoke both Irish and English but only Pat, Kate, Peter and Maggie could read and write. Anthony was a farmer, John, Pat and Peter were listed as sons, Kate and Maggie were listed as daughters and Catherine was listed as a niece.

Kilmartin

Kerrins (sic) (30) was the head of the family and he was married to Saragh (25) and they shared the house with their 3 daughters, Mary (5), Barbra (3) and Bridget (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English apart from baby Bridget who only spoke English and none of the family could read. Kerrins (sic) was listed as a farmer, and the children were all listed as daughters.

McGrath

The head of the 6 members of the McGrath family was Michael (65) and his wife Barbra (62) and they lived with 4 of their sons, Michael (18), Joe (14), Pat (12) and Mortin (sic) (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Joe, Pat and Mortin (sic) could read and write. Michael was listed as being a farmer and all the children were listed as sons.

Folan

House 8 was home to the Folan family which consisted of husband and wife, James (40) and Kate (47). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and neither of them could read or write. James was listed as being a farmer.

Barrett

Mathias (65) was the head of this family and the shared the house with his wife, Bridget (59), son, Myles (26) and a domestic servant, Saragh (20). All spoke both Irish and English and none of them could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mathias was listed as being a carpenter by trade, Myles was a farmer and Saragh, a domestic servant.

Ridge

The head of this Ridge family was Patrick (30), although he was listed as a son, and he lived with 5 other members of the family, all of which were listed as being sons or daughtersii, and they were Tom (26), Mary (28), Barbra (21), John (18) and Mark (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary could not read but all the others in the family could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer, Tom, John and Mark were listed as farmer’s sons and Mary and Barbra were listed as being farmer’s daughters.

Folan

The head of the Folan family in house was Martin (70) and he shared the house with his wife, Bridget (65) and their son Joe (25). All spoke both Irish and English but only Joe could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin was listed as being a farmer and Joe, a son.

McDonagh

House 12 was home to the McDonagh family and there were 5 members to that family with Bridget (60) being the head of the family. Bridget was married but her husband was not included here. She lived with her 4 Children, Pat (21), Ellen (18), Honor (16) and Celia (12). All spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget was listed as a farmer’s wife, Pat was a farmer’s son and the girls were all listed as farmer’s daughters.

Kineavey

Head of the Kineavey family in house 13 was Edward (48) and he was married to Mary (58) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Saragh (18) and Joseph (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Saragh, could read and write. Edward was listed as being a farmer, Saragh, a daughter and Joseph was listed as a son.

Lee

The head of the family in house 14 was John (60) and he was married to Mary (50) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Colman (22), Peter (15), Michael (13), John (10) and Bridget (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. John (60) was listed as being a farmer and Colman, Peter, Michael and John (10) were listed as sons and Bridget was listed as a daughter.

Green

Coleman (70) was the head of this family and he was married to Bridget (70) and they shared the house with their children, Bridget (28) and Patrick (25). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Bridget (70), who only spoke Irish, and only Bridget (28) and Patrick could read and write. Coleman was a farmer, Bridget (28) was listed as being a daughter and Patrick was listed as being a farmer’s son.

Connolly

The last house in Cuilleen was home to the Connolly family and Darby (75) was the head of the family and was married to Bridget (60). They shared the house with their children Mary (46), Barbra (44) and Michael (38). Darby spoke both Irish and English, Bridget spoke only Irish and there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. Bridget could not read but all the others could read and write. Darby was listed as being a farmer, Mary and Barbra were listed as farmer’s daughters and Michael was listed as a tailor.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Cuilleen

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company were the main owners of the land in Cuilleem at that time. They leased tenements on 625 acres, 1 rood and 6 perches of land to a number of people and they were Patrick Conrey who paid £3 10s for land and 10s for a house and offices, Jeremiah Conneely paid £1 15s for land and 10s for a house, Patrick Ridge paid £1 15s for land and 6s for a house and Andrew Greene paid £1 3s for land and 12s for a house. Peter Burke paid £1 3s for land and 5s for a house, Mark Lee paid £1 3s for land and 6s for a house, Stephen Conneely paid £1 15s for land and 5s for a house, Michael Joyce and William Greene each paid 17s for land and 6s for a house and Michael Folan paid £3 10s for land and 15s for a house and offices. James Kilmartin paid £2 6s for land and 6s for a house, Patrick Cloherty paid £1 3s for land and 8s for a house and the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company paid £6 15s for land that they had for themselves. Honoria Barrett leased a house on 3 roods and 4 perches of land from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company for 4s for the land and 3s for the house, Myles Barrett leased 6 acres and 2 perches of land with a house from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company for 12s for the land and 10s for the house and Mary Barrett leased a house with a garden with an area of 30 perches from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company for 2 s for the garden and 3s for the house. There were also 44 acres, 1 rood and 28 perches of water in the townland.

 

1670 Down Survey for Cuilleen

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Slewkiroggy. The 1641 owners were Thomas McRedmond Joyce and Murrogh McDow Flaherty, both were Catholics and in 1670 the owners were Protestant College of Dublin and Maurice Thompson and Catholic Richard Martin.

 

 

i This is probably a mistake by the enumerator.

ii This family possible consists of siblings.

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