Tawnaghmore

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Townland:                                Tawnaghmore

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:    Moyrus

Area:                                         565.25 acres / 565 acres, 1 rood, 0 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Tawnaghmore

Logainm for Tawnaghmore

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Tawnaghmore (no records)

 

1911 Census for Tawnaghmore

The 1911 census shows that there were 11 houses in the townland and they were all listed as private dwellings and were all being occupied. All the houses were built with stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 10 was a 2nd class dwelling and the others were all 3rd class. House 4 had 1 room and 2 windows in the front, house 3 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1, 2 5-9 and 11 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 10 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 22 out buildings in Tawnaghmore consisting of 2 stables, 9 cow houses, a calf house and 10 piggeries. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 53 people in the townland at that time and they consisted of 30 male and 23 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Gildea.

 

Joyce

The head of the family in the first house in Tawnaghmore was Patrick (60) and he had been married to Mary (69) for 3 years and Mary had had 7 children and 5 of those had survived[i]. There were 4 children in the house at that time and they were Michael (20), Mary (18), Sarah (15) and Pat (13). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Mary (18) and Sarah could read and write. Patrick was a farmer, Michael was a labourer and Mary (18) and Sarah were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a cow house, a calf house and a piggery. Patrick Joyce was the landholder.

 

Toole

Martin (67) was listed as being the head of the family in house 2 and he had been married to Bridget (73) for 42 years and they had had 8 children and all of those children had survived. They shared the house with 4 of their sons, John (32), Michael (28), Thomas (20) and Festus (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Bridget spoke only Irish while the sons spoke Irish and English. None of the family could read or write. Martin was listed as being a farmer, John, Michael and Thomas were labourers and Festus was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Martin Toole was the landholder.

 

Toole

The head of this Toole family was John (71) and his wife Bridget (72) and they had been married for 50 years and they had had 12 children and 10 of those had survived. They shared the house with 3 of their sons, John (40), Peter (22) and Michael (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (71) and Bridget spoke only Irish while the sons could all speak both Irish and English. None of the household could read or write. John (71) was a farmer and the 3 sons were all labourers. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. John Toole was the landholder.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Walsh)

There were 4 members of the household in house 4 and the head of that household was Michael (75), who was listed as being deaf. He was married to Julia (69) and had been for 42 years and in that time they had had 7 children, of which 6 had survived. Also in the house at that time were their daughter, Norah (20) and a niece, Annie Walsh (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael, Julia and Norah spoke only Irish and Norah spoke Irish and English and was the only member of the family to be able to read and write. Michael was listed as being a farmer. They all lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. Michael Joyce was the landholder.

 

Toole

The widower Stephen (73) was the head of the family in house 5 and he had been married for 40 years and had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. He lived with his son, John (35), who was married to Norah (37), who also lived in the house at that time and his son[ii], Michael (9mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Stephen spoke only Irish and John and Norah spoke Irish and English. Norah was the only one that could read and write. Stephen was a farmer and John was a labourer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, Stephen Toole was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Martin (40) was the head of the 5 members of the Joyce family in house 6. He had been married to Mary (39) for 6 years and they had 3 children and they were John (4), Bridget (2) and Patrick (9mths). Martin and Bridget spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read and write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. Martin Joyce was the landholder.

 

Joyce                           (additional surname: Woods)

Joseph (55) was the head of this family and he had been married to Anne (60) for 20 years and in that time they had had 7 children but only 3 had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were Patrick (18), John (15) and Joe (9) and also in the house at that time was a niece, Anne Woods (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anne (60), Patrick and John spoke both Irish and English and Joseph and Joe spoke only Irish. Only Anne (60), Patrick and John could read and write. Joseph was a farmer and Patrick and John were labourers. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Joseph Joyce was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of this Joyce family was Martin (76) and he had been married to Mary (72) for 40 years and they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They lived with their son, John (26) and daughter, Bridget (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Mary spoke Irish while John and Bridget spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read or write. Martin was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Bridget was a scholar. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a cow house and a piggery. Martin Joyce was the landholder.

 

Murphy

The head of the Murphy family in house 9 was George (71) and he had been married to Honor (74) for 32 years and they had had 4 children and 2 of those had survived. They lived with their son, Peter (35). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. George and Peter spoke both Irish and English and Honor spoke only Irish. None of them could read and write. George was a farmer and Peter was a labourer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. George Murphy was the landholder.

 

Toole                           (additional surname: Sullivan and Walsh)

John (29) was the head of the household in house 10 and he was married to Margaret (26) but there was no information on how long for or how many children they had. They shared the house with 2 nieces, Mary Sullivan (14) and Mary Walsh (9). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English except Mary Walsh, who only spoke Irish. All, apart from Mary Walsh, they could all read and write. John was a farmer and Mary Sullivan was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. John Toole was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The last house in Tawnaghmore was home to another Joyce family. The head of the family was Walter (70) and he had been married to Mary (71) for 26 years and they had had 6 children, Anne (16), Barbara (14), Norah (12), Thomas (9). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Walter and Mary spoke only Irish and the children all spoke Irish and English. Only Anne, Barbara and Norah could read and write. Walter was a farmer and the children were all scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a piggery. Walter Joyce was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Tawnaghmore

Overview of Tawnaghmore in 1901

The census of 1901 shows that there were a total of 10 houses in the townland of Tawnaghmore. All the houses were listed as being occupied and were private dwellings. All were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. All the houses were 3rd class dwellings. Houses 2, 5 and 8 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 1 and 9 had 2 rooms and 1 window and houses 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 had 2 rooms and 2 windows. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 65 people in the townland in 1901 consisting of 35 male and 30 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Fahy.

 

Murphy                                   (additional surname: Joyce)

The first house in Tawnaghmore was home to the Murphy family and the head of the family was George (50) and his wife Honor (48) and they shared the house with their daughter Mary (19), their son, Peter (16) and a nephew, Joseph Joyce (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only George could read only. George was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Peter and joseph were listed as being farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and George Murphy was the landholder.

 

Toole                           (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of the family in house 2 was Stephen (49) and he lived with his wife, Margaret (46), his mother-in-law, Bridget Joyce (81), their son, John (15) and their daughter, Norah (13). Apart from Bridget, who spoke only Irish, all of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Stephen was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Norah was listed as being a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Stephen Toole was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The head of the family in house 3 was Michael (40) and his wife, Julia (43) and they shared the house with the house with 5 of their children and they were Martin (16), John (12), Anne (9), Michael (8) and Honor (5). All of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of them could read or write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (40) was a farmer, Martin, John and Michael (8) were farmer’s sons and Anne and Honor were Farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Joyce was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Walter (40) was the head of this Joyce family and he shared the house with his wife, Mary (36) and 6 of their children, Mary (10), Patrick (6), Anne (5), Honor (4), Barbara (3) and Thomas (3mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English with the exception of Barbara and Thomas. Mary was the only member of the family that could read only. Walter and Mary (36) were listed as being farmers, Mary (10), Anne, Honor and Barbara were farmer’s daughters and Patrick and Thomas were farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Joyce Was the landholder.

 

Joyce

Patrick (36) was the head of the family in house 5 and he was married to Mary (35). They shared the house at that time with a widowed Uncle, Michael (80) and 4 of their children, Bridget (11), Michael (7), Mary (5) and Sarah (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (80) spoke only Irish and the others, apart from baby Sarah, spoke Irish and English. None of the family could read or write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer, Michael (80) was a retired farmer, Bridget, Mary (5) and Sarah were farmer’s daughters and Michael (7) was listed as being a farmer’s son. The house they all loved in was a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Patrick Joyce was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The 5 members of the household in house 6 were another Joyce family. The head of this family was Joseph (30) and he was married to Annie (29) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Patk (sic) (6), John (3) and Joseph (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph (30) and Annie spoke Irish and English. None of the family could read or write. Joseph (30) was a farmer and the sons were all listed as being farmer’s sons. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and a Joseph Joyce was the landholder.

 

Toole

John (51) was the head of the family in house 7 and he was married but his wife was not recorded on this entry. He shared the house with 7 of his children, John (22), Festus (21), Anne (16), Margaret (12), Bridget (10), Patrick (3) and Michael (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only John (51), John (22) Festus and Anne could read and write. John (51) was a farmer, John (22), Festus, Patrick and Michael were farmer’s sons and Anne, Margaret and Bridget were farmer’s daughters. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Toole was the landholder.

 

Joyce

There was another Joyce family living in house 8 and the head of this family was Martin (49) who was married to Mary (48) and they lived with 4 of their children, Mary (16), Barbara (10), Patrick (7), Bridget (3) and also an aunt, Bridget (60). All of the family could speak both Irish and English except for baby Bridget and Bridget (60), who only spoke Irish. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Barbara was the only one that could read only. Martin was recorded as being a farmer, Mary (16) and Patrick were listed as being farmer’s sons[iii] and Barbara and Bridget were listed as being farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Joyce was listed as being the landholder.

 

Toole

The Toole family in house 9 had as its head, Martin (50) and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with 7 sons, John (14), Patrick (11), Michael (9), Tom (7), Martin (4), Stephen (2) and Festus (9mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. With the exception of Martin (4), Stephen and Festus, all of the family could speak both Irish and English. Only John, Patrick and Michael could read and write. Martin (50) was listed as being a farmer, John, Patrick and Michael were scholars and the remaining sons were all listed as being farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Martin Toole was the landholder.

 

Toole

The Toole family lived in the last house in Tawnaghmore and the head of the family was the widow Bridget (47) and she lived with her children, Mary (21), John (18) and Bridget (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and none of the family could read. Bridget (47) was a farmer, Mary and Bridget (14) were farmer’s daughters and John was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Bridget Toole was the landholder.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Tawnaghmore

John Joyce – Application No. C/16 1580. The application was received on 25th February 1916 and the applicant, John Joyce (1845) had an address of Derryvouradda, Recess, Co. Galway. John’s parents were listed as being John and Bridget Joyce (Toole). The address for the search in 1851 was Tawnaghmore, in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on the 25th February 1916.

 

Margaret Faherty – Application no D/10 20684. The application was received on 19th September 1910. The officer of customs and Excise was Oughterard. Margaret’s parents were Pat and Anne Faherty. There were a number of townlands listed for the search and they were Cashel, Doonreaghan, Illion East, Illion West, Lawnaghmore and Derryvoreada, all in the Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 1st October 1910. There was no trace of the family.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Tawnaghmore

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that Redmond Joyce was the owner of the land in this area. He leased 3 tenements with houses on a total of 600 acres, 2 roods and 33 perches of land. Patrick Higgins paid £5 for land and 5s for a house, Patrick Joyce paid £2 for land and 5s for a house and John Toole paid £4 for land and 5s for a house. There was also a vacant house with an annual ratable valuation of 5s.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for Tawnaghmore

The 1670 name for this area was Tannaghmore & Lishoughter. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Murragh O’Flaharty and in 1670 the owner was the Protestant, Dr. Thomas Seele.

[i]              Possibly the children, or at least some of them, might have been from a previous marriage considering the length of the marrieage?

[ii]              Most likely his grandson given the age.

[iii]             Mary was obviously a daughter but was entered as a farmer’s son.

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