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Townland:                                Halfmace

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                        Carna

District Electoral Division:   Knockboy

Area:                                        146.89 acres / 146 acres, 3 roods, 22 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Halfmace (no records)

Logainm for Halfmace

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Halfmace

 

1911 Census for Halfmace

Overview of Halfmace in 1911

According to the 1911 census there were a total of 14 houses in the townland of Halfmace and all were listed as being private dwellings and were all occupied. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 5 was a 2nd class dwelling while all the others were 3rd class. House 14 had 1 room and 1 window, houses 2 and 10-13 had 2 rooms and 1 window, Houses 1, 3, 4 and ­6-9 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 5 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 10 out buildings in Halfmace consisting of 3 stables, 6 cow houses and a piggery. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 66 people in Halfmace at that time, 32 male and 34 female. Const. Michael Murrihy was the enumerator for the area.

Walsh

The first house in Halfmace was that of the Walsh family and the head of this family was Martin (38) and he had been married to Mary Ann (35) for 13 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. They shared the house with those children and they were Bridget (12), Patrick (10), Maggie (8), John (6) and Martin (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except baby Martin. Only Martin (38), Bridget, Patrick and Maggie could read and write. Martin (38) was a farmer and Bridget, Patrick, Maggie and John were scholars. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Walsh was the landholder.

Folan

Pat (35), a single man, was the head of the family and lived with his uncle, John (70). Both spoke both Irish and English and neither could read. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Pat was a farmer and John was a weaver. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Pat Folan was the landholder.

Folan                               (additional surname: Folan (Pat))

Joseph (70) was the head of this family and he had been married to Bridget (69) for 36 years and in that time they had had 10 children, all of whom had survived. Four of those children lived with them and they were John (26), Annie (21), Coleman (19) and Ellen Folan (Pat) (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, except Bridget, could read and write. Joseph was a farmer and John and Coleman were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Joe Folan (Pat) was the landholder.

Folan

House 4 was another Folan family home and the head of the family was listed as Thomas (55), a single man, and he lived with his sister, Honor (30). Both spoke both Irish and English and neither could read. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas was listed as being a farmer. They both lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Thomas Folan was the landholder.

Walsh Tom

The widow Mary (78) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with her son Michael (45). Both spoke both Irish and English but only Michael could read and write. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary was listed as being a farmer and Michael was a labourer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mary Walsh (Tom) was the landholder.

Green

The widow Mary (Michl) (40) was listed as being the head of this family and she lived with her daughter Maryann (17). Mary (Michl) spoke Irish and English and Maryann spoke only Irish and neither of them could read. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (Michl) was a caretaker. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joe Green was the landholder.

Green

The head of this Green family was Joseph (72) and he had been married to Mary (55) for 32 years and in the time they had had 11 children but only 8 of those had survived. Seven of those children lived with them and they were Bridget (25), Martin (24), Pat (20), Peter (17), Honour (13), Anne (6) and Barbara (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Joseph, Bridget, Pat and Honour could read and write. Joseph was a farmer, Martin, Pat and Peter were labourers and Honour, Anne and Barbara were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Joe Green was the landholder.

Folan

The head of this family was Joseph (50) and he was married to Honour (35) and they lived with their children Joseph (14), Coleman (13), John (12), Pat (11) and Martin (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, with the exception of Honour and Martin, they could all read and write. Joseph was listed as being a farmer and the children were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Joe Folan (Ml(?)) was listed as being the landholder.

Kelly

Joseph (21) was listed as the head of this family in house 9 and he was single and lived with his sisters, Anne (18) and Kate (16) and his brother, Michael (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Anne could read only and the rest could all read and write. Joseph was a farmer and Michael was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a cow house. Joe Kelly was the landholder.

Green                                 (additional surname: Green (John))

The head of this Green family in house 10 was the widow Mary Green (John) (77) and she shared the house with 3 of her children, John (30), Mary (28) and Bridget (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke only Irish but the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English and only Mary and Bridget could read and write. Mary was a farmer and John was a labourer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Green (John) was the landholder.

Walsh

The head of this Walsh family was Peter (50) and he had been married to Mary Ann (30) for 12 years and in that time they had had 6 children and all of whom had survived. Those 6 children all lived with them and they were Mary (11), Peter (9), Bridget (7), Honor (5), Thomas (4) and Barbara (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor and Thomas spoke only Irish and the others, except baby Barbara, all spoke both Irish and English. Peter (9) and Bridget could read only and Peter (50) and Mary could read and write. Peter (50) was listed as being a farmer and Mary, Peter (9) and Bridget were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Walsh was the landholder.

Cosgrove

The widower Michael (70) was the head of this family and he lived with 3 of his children Joseph (24), Annie (20) and Michael (17). Michael (70) spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Michael (70), they could all read and write. Michael (70) was a farmer, Joseph and Michael (17) were farmer’s sons and Annie was a farmer’s daughter. The house that they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Cosgrove was the landholder.

Walsh                                  (additional surnames: Conneely and Smyth)

The widow Mary Walsh was listed as the head of the family in house 13 and she shared the house with her son-in-law, Michael Conneely (40), who had been married to her daughter Barbara (35) for 8 years and they had had 3 children and all had survived and those children were Mary (7), Kate (4) and Coleman (2). Also in the house at that time were Mary’s grandchildren Maryann Smyth (18) and Kate Smyth (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except baby Coleman. Michael could read only and Mary Conneely, Maryann and Kate Smyth could read and write. Mary Walsh was a farmer, Michael Conneely was a Labourer and Mary Conneely was a scholar. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Walsh was the landholder.

Cosgrove

Sarah (70) was the sole occupant of the last house in Halfmace and she was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. She only spoke Irish and could not read. She was listed as being a farmer. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Sarah Cosgrove was the landholder.

1901 Census for Halfmace

Overview of Halfmace in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total of 15 houses in the townland of Halfmace and that all except houses11 and 15 were occupied but the landholder for house 11 was Michael Folan and the landholder of house 15 was Michael O’Donnell. All the houses were listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. They were all classed as 3rd class dwellings. House 14 had 1 room and 1 window, house 11 had 2 rooms but no window, houses 1-3, 6, 7 and 13 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front and houses 4, 5, 8-10, 12 and 15 had 2 rooms and 2 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were a total of 9 out buildings consisting of 4 stables, 4 cow houses and a piggery. There were a total of 73 people in the townland, 35 male and 38 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Murren.

Walsh                                 (additional surname: Smith)

The widow Mary (62) was the head of this family in house 1 and she lived with her Daughter Babe (20) and her granddaughters, Mary Smith (6) and Kate Smith (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They all only spoke Irish and none of the family could read. Mary was a farmeress, Babe was a farmer’s daughter and Mary (6) and Kate were listed as being scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Mary Walsh was the landholder.

Cosgrove

Michael (50) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (45) and they lived with 6 of their children, Mary (19), Pat (17), Joe (14) Martin (12), Anne (10) and Michael (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Anne spoke both Irish and English and the others all only spoke Irish. Only Martin and Anne could read and write. Michael (50) was a farmer, Mary (19), Pat and Joe were all listed as being farmer’s sonsi and Martin, Anne and Michael (6) were listed as being scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Michael Cosgrove was the landholder.

Cosgrove

The head of this Cosgrove family in house 3 was Sarah (60) and she shared the house with her niece Babe (19). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They both spoke only Irish and neither could read. Sarah was a farmeress and Babe was a farmer’s daughter. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Sarah Cosgrove was the landholder.

Folan

Joe (31) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (30) and they shared the house with their 3 sons, Joseph (3), Colman (2) and John (8mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby John and only Joe and Mary could read and write. Joe was a farmer and Joseph and Colman were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joe Folan was the landholder.

Greene

Michael (40) was the head of the family in house 5 and he was married to Mary (30) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Mary (6), Barbara (5) and Bartley (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (30) spoke both Irish and English and the others only spoke Irish. Michael was a farmer and Mary, Barbara and Bartley were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Greene was the landholder.

Greene

House 6 was home to another Greene family and the head of this family was Joe (50) and he was married to Mary (40) and they shared the house with their 6 children, Bridget (14), Martin (12), Pat (9), Peter (6), Colman (4) and Honor (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joe, Colman and Honor spoke only Irish and the pothers all spoke Irish and English. Only Joe and Pat could read and write. Joe was a farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter and the other children were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable. Joe Greene was the landholder.

Kelly

House 7 was home to the Kelly family and the head of the family was Martin (40) and he was married to Kate (42) and they shared the house with their children Mary (15), Honor (13), Joseph (11), Anne (8), Kate (6) and Michael (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin, Kate (42), Honor and Joseph spoke both Irish and English and the others only spoke Irish and only Honor and Joseph could read and write. Martin was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and the other children were all scholars. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Kelly was the landholder.

Green

The widow Mary (50) was listed as the head of the family and she shared the house with 4 of her children, John (20), Mary (18), Honor (14) and Michael (11) and also in the house was a grandfather of the family, Michael (80) who was a widower. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (50) and John spoke only Irish and could not read and the others all spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Mary (50) was a farmer and housekeeper, John was a farmer’s son, Mary (18) was a wool spinner, Michael (80) was a farmer and Honor and Bridget were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Mary Greene was listed as the landholder.

Walsh

Peter (35) was the head of this family and he was married to Maggie (21) and they shared the house with their daughter Mary (6mths), Peter’s brother, Michael (32) and Peter’s mother, Mary (65). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Mary and only Maggie and Michael could read and write. Peter was listed s being a farmer and Michael was a farm labourer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Walsh was the landholder.

Folan                                    (additional surname: Green)

The head of this family was Michael (80) and he was married to Bridget (78) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Thomas (34), Honnour (sic) (27) and Colman (25) and also in the house at that time was a niece Barbara Green (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget and Thomas both spoke only Irish and the others spoke both Irish and English. Barbara could read only, Michael and Colman could read and write and the others could not read. Michael was a farmer, Thomas and Colman were fishermen, Honnour (sic) was a dressmaker and Barbara was a scholar. The house the all lived was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and Michael Folan was the landholder.

Folan                                   (additional surname: Greene)

The head of the family in house 12 was Pat (20) and he shared the house with his brothers Colman (19) and Peter (11), his sister, Maggie (13) and his grandmother, the widow Catherine Greene (80). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Catherine, who only spoke Irish. Only Colman, Maggie and Peter could read and write. Pat was a farmer, Colman was a farmer’s son, Maggie and Peter were scholars and Catherine was a wool spinner. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. Pat Folan was the landholder.

Folan

The head of this Folan family was Joe (40) and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Joe (22), Michael (19), John (17), Coleman (9), Anne (18) and Ellen (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English Bridget and Ellen could not read but all the others could read and write. Joe (40) was listed as being a farmer, Joe (22), Michael and John were listed as being farmer’s sons, Anne was a farmer’s daughter and Coleman and Ellen were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable. Joe Folan was the landholder.

Walsh

The head of the family in the last house in Halfmace was Martin (26) and he was married to Mary Anne (24) and they lived with their daughter Bridget (5mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Mary Anne spoke Irish and English but only Martin could read and write. Martin was a farmer. They lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Walsh was the landholder.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Halfmace

Mary Folan– Application No. C/17 9204. The application was received on 06/12 1917 and the address at that time was given as Mr. John O’Connor, Ard, Carna Co. Galway. Mary’s parents were given as Michael and Bridget Folan (Walsh). The Residence in 1851 was Halfmace, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 07/12/1917 and a copy was dispatched to the applicants address on 10/12/1917.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Halfmace

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the main immediate lessor in the townland was the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Co. They leased a number of tenements on 117 acres and 11 perches of land to the following: William Walsh paid £6 for land and £1 for a house and offices, Patrick Greene paid £3 15s for land and 15s for a house and office, Martin Greene paid £3 15s for land and 10s for a house, Patrick Folan paid £2 5s for land and 10s for a house, Michael Folan paid £2 5s for land and 4s for a house, Martin Folan paid £3 for land and 15s for a house and offices and Michael McDonagh paid £3 for land and 15s for a house and offices. There was a vacant house belonging to Michael Folan with an annual ratable valuation of 10s and Ellen Mulkerrin leased a house from William Walsh for 8s. There were also 2 acres and 16 perches of water in the townland.

 

1670 Down Survey for Halfmace

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 Mary was obviously a farmer’s daughter.

 

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