Derrysillagh

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Townland:                               Derrysillagh

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:    Moyrus

Area:                                         159.96 acres / 159 acres, 3 roods, 34 perches

 

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

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

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Galway Library for Derrysillagh

Logainm for Derrysillagh

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Derrysillagh

 

1911 Census for Derrysillagh

Overview of Derrysillagh in 1911

According to the census of 1911 there were 6 houses in the townland of Derrysillagh and all were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. The were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All the houses were 3rd class dwellings. House 1 had 1 room and 1 window, Houses 2, 3, 5 and 6 had 2 rooms and 1 window and house 4 had 2 rooms and 2 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 7 out buildings in the townland at that time consisting of 4 cow houses and 3 piggeries. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total 33 people living in Derrysillagh at that time, 18 male and 15 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Kelly.

 

King

The head of the first house in Derrysillagh was John (56) and he had been married to Honor (40) for 11 years and they had had 6 children and 5 of those had survived. They lived in the hoiuse with those 5 children and they were Celia (10), Martin (8), Joseph (4), Mary (3) and John (1). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. John (56) Honor and Celia all spoke both Irish and English. Only Honor, Celia and Martin could read and write. John (56) was listed as being a farmer and Celia and Martin were scholars. They lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. John King was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of this family was Joseph (46) and he had been married to Annie (47) for 11 years and they had had 5 children but only 2 of those had survived. They shared the house with those 2 children and they were Patrick (9) and John (7). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Joseph and Annie spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the children which could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Joseph and Patrick could read and write. Joseph was a farmer and Patrick was a scholar. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with cow house. Joseph was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of the third house in Derrysillagh was Peter (77) and he had been married to Ellen (61) for 29 years and they had had 8 children and only 5 of those had survived. Four of those children lived with them at that time and they were Margaret (28), John (25), Barbra (sic) (18) and Ellen (13). All the family were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Peter, Ellen and Margaret spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. Only the 4 children could read and write. Peter was a farmer, Margaret and Barbra were farmer’s daughters, John was a farmer’s son and Ellen was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and piggery. Peter Joyce was the landholder.

 

King

Bartley (52) was the head of this family in house 4 and he was married to Annie (56) and had been for 14 years and they had had 2 children, Patrick (13) and Mary (11). hey were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They all spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Annie, could read and write. Bartley was a farmer and Patrick and Mary were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and piggery. Bartley King was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this family was Peter (70) and he had been married to Barbra (sic) (61) for 30 years and in that time they had had 9 children and all had survived. Those 9 children also lived in the house and they were Patrick (29), John (27), Joseph (24), Thomas (21), Mary (18), Martin (16), Bridget (14), Norah (11) and Maggie (8). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Norah and Maggie, they all spoke Irish and English. Peter, Barbra (61) and Maggie could not read but the other could all read and write. Peter was a farmer, Patrick, John, Joseph, Thomas and Martin were listed as farmer’s sons, Mary was listed as a farmer’s daughter and Bridget and Norah were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Peter Folan was the landholder.

 

King

The sole occupant of the last house in Derrysillagh was John (23). He was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. 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 Derrysillagh

Overview of Derrysillagh in 1901

According to the 1901 census house and building return (form B.1) there were a total of 5 houses in Derrysillagh but only gives details of the families in the first 4 houses even though all 5 houses were listed as being occupied. The head of house 5 was Peter Joyce and he was also listed as being the landholder of that house. All houses were built of stone, brick or concrete with thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All were 3rd class dwellings except house 2 which was a 2nd class dwelling. House 2 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front and the other all had 2 rooms and 1 window. There were a total of 3 out buildings but no details on the types of buildings. There were a total of 27 people living in the townland, 15 male and 12 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Michael Begley.

 

King

The head of the first family in Derrysillagh was John (45) and he was married to his wife, Honor (28) and they lived with their daughter Delia (5mths). They were all Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. John and Honor spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer and Delia as an infant. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John King was the landholder.

 

King                            (additional surname: Cooke)

The head of this King family was Bartley (40) and he lived with his wife, Anne (37), Their son, Patrick (3), daughter, Mary (1) and a servant, John Cooke (14). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Apart from the children they could all speak both Irish and English and read and write. Bartley was a farmer, Patrick and Mary were infants and John was a farm servant domestic. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Bartley King was the landholder.

 

Folan

The head of this family was Peter (45) and he was married to Barbara (37) and they shared the house with 7 of their children, Patrick (15), John (13), Joseph (11), Thomas (9), Mary (7), Martin (5) and Bridget (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from the 2 youngest children, they could all speak Irish ans English but only Patrick could read and write. Peter was a farmer, Patrick and John were farmer’s sons, Bridget was listed as being an infant and the other children were all scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Folan was the landholder.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Burke)

The widower Michael (70) was the head of this family. He lived with his son Joseph (26), his daughter-in-law, Anne (24) and a servant, Joseph Burke (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They all spoke both Irish and English and Joseph (26) and Anne could read and write. Michael and Joseph (26) were listed as being farmers and Joseph Burke was a farm servant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Joyce was the landholder.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Derrysillagh

The Griffith’s Valuation of 1847-186 shows that the main lessor in Derrysillagh was the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company. They leased 137 acres and 12 perches of land and buildings to John King for £7 5s for the land and 15s for the buildings. John King then leased land and buildings to James Ward for £2 15s for land and 15s for a house and offices, Thomas Mongan and Peter Mongan who paid £1 5s for land and 5s for a house each. There were 5 Islands belonging to John King covering an area of 1 acre and 32 perches of no agricultural value.

 

1670 Down Survey for Derrysillagh

The names listed for this area under the 1670 Down Survey were Dereiregh, Laughavoye, Shanackenonule, Glenan, Byrh & Inishmiskry, Clunely, Glannarud, Knockanevodda and Shannacourragh. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Ferdinando Follin and in 1670 the owners were the Catholic, Richard Martin and the Protestant, Sir Thomas Meredith.

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