Clifden (Rural)

An Clochán

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Clifden

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                          335.93 acres / 335 acres, 3 roods, 28 perches

 

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

Map

Galway Library for Clifden

Logainm for Clifden

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Clifden

 

1911 Census for Clifden

Overview of Clifden (Rural) in 1911

The 1911 census shows that there were 35 houses in this part of the townland, 28 of which were occupied. Houses 2, 4, 8, 17, 33, 34 and 35 were unoccupied. House 2 was the convent national school and the landholder was Mary Donnellan, house 4 was the St. Joseph’s Industrial School and the landholder was Mary Donnellan and house 8 was a private dwelling belonging to Thomas Nee. House 17 was a private dwelling belonging to Thomas Sullivan, house 33 was a stores and the landholder was William Gorham, house 34 was the Clifden National School and the landholder was the Rev. Canon McAlpine and house 35 was the Clifden Town Hall and, again, the landholder was the Rev. Canon McAlpine. House 12 was a boarding school domestic economy and all the other houses were private dwellings. All the occupied houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls, houses 3, 6, 12, 14-16, 18-23 and 25-32 had slate, iron or tiled roofs and all the others had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 2, 12, 13, 21, 22, 30 and 32 were 1st class dwellings, houses 1, 5-7, 9-11, 15, 16, 18-20, 23, 25-29 and 31 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 18 and 24 were 3rd class. Houses 6, 13, 18-20, 24 and 28 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 1, 5, 7, 9-11 and 23 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows and houses 15, 25-27 and 31 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front. Houses 16 and 29 had 5 rooms and 4 windows in the front, house 32 had 8 rooms and 8 windows, houses 12 and 14 had between 10 and 12 rooms and 8 windows in the front, houses 21 and 30 had more than 12 rooms and 8 windows in the front, house 22 had 16 rooms and 9 windows in the front and house 3 had 24 rooms and 12 windows in the front. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 85 out buildings in this part of the townland and they consisted of 10 stables, 4 coach houses, 2 harness rooms, 9 cow houses, 1 calf house, 4 dairies, 2 piggeries, 12 fowl houses, 3 boiling houses, a barn, 10 turf houses, a potato house, a workshop, 6 sheds, 6 stores, 3 laundries, 3 motor houses, 4 cycle houses, 2 waiting houses and a cabin. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were 284 people in this part of the townland, 52 males and 232 females. There were 8 males and 35 females that were Protestant and all the rest were Roman Catholic. The enumerator for the area was Constable Jas Barrett.

 

Sullivan

James (80) was listed as being the head of the first family and he had been married to Mary (70) for 54 years and they had had 7 children, of which 4 had survived. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. James was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Jas Sullivan.

 

House 2 was unoccupied

 

Sisters of Mercy Convent

House 3 was the Sisters of Mercy Convent and was divided into 2 parts, 3.1 was the home of the sisters and 3.2 was the home of the staff and servants.

 

House 3.1 (1) (2)

There were 19 nuns living in the convent and all were Roman Catholic and all could read and write. Those 19 nuns were:

 

Mary Donnellan (43) (superieress [sic])    born in Co. Galway                could speak Irish and English

Jane Reville (76)                                            born in Co. Galway                could speak Irish and English

Honoria Bodkin (78)                                     born in Co. Galway                could speak Irish and English

Mary Ryan (66)                                              born in Co. Limerick

Margaret Duane (66)                                   born in Co. Galway

Mary Hughes (66)                                         born in Co. Mayo                     could speak Irish and English

Margaret Hughes (64)                                 born in Co. Mayo

Mary A. Hernon (79)                                    born in Galway City

Anne Lee (54)                                                born in Galway City               could speak Irish and English

Frances Lyden (56)                                       born in Co. Galway

Winifred Murphy (50)                                  born in Co. Galway                could speak Irish and English

Lidia Johnson (48)                                        born in Cheshire England

Bridget Moylette (43)                                  born in Co. Mayo                    could speak Irish and English

Anne O’Dwyer (31)                                      born in Co. Tipperary

Margaret Cussen (29)                                 born in Co. Tipperary

Mary Slattery (30)                                       born in Co. Tipperary

Mary Geraghty (56)                                    born in Co. Tipperary             could speak Irish and English

Teresa Hyland (21)                                     born in Co. Mayo                    could speak Irish and English

Mary Lardner (22)                                       born in Co. Galway                could speak Irish and English

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 24 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a boiling house, a barn, a turf house, a potato house, a workshop, a shed, a store, a laundry, a bakery house and 3 coal houses. The landholder was Mary Donnellan.

 

House 3.2 (1) (2)

This part of the house was home to the convent staff and there were 17 members of that staff and all Roman Catholic and all could read and write. Apart from Anne Heanue, who was a teacher, they were all listed as being servants. Mary Heanue was a Sister’s of Mercy nun and could speak both Irish and English and was born in Co. Mayo. The other members of the household were as follows:

 

Maria Sweeney (20)               born in Co. Mayo                    laundress domestic servant

Mary M. Gavin (20)                 born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Sarah Mulligan (20)                born in Co. Fermanagh         laundress domestic servant

Kate A. Davis (17)                    born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Delia Fury (17)                         born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Sarah Russell (17)                   born in Dublin City                laundress domestic servant

Nora McDonough (17)           born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Mary Mooney (16)                  born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Kate Feeney (16)                     born in Co. Dublin                 laundress domestic servant

Mary McGiny (16)[i]                born in Scotland                    laundress domestic servant

Bridget Flaherty (16)              born in Co. Galway                cook domestic servant

Emma O’Rorke [sic] (16)        born in Boston U.S.A.            cook domestic servant

Eliza Kinsella (16)                   born in Co. Kildare                 laundress domestic servant

Margaret Conroy (16)             born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

Anne Mullen (30)                     born in Co. Galway                dairy maid domestic servant

Norah Hehir (25)                      born in Co. Galway                laundress domestic servant

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 24 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a boiling house, a barn, a turf house, a potato house, a workshop, a shed, a store, a laundry, a bakery house and 3 coal houses. The landholder was Mary Donnellan.

 

St Joseph’s Industrial School  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

There were 102 female pupils and teachers in the St. Joseph’s Industrial School at the time of the 1911 census. They were all Roman Catholic and Mary Kilderry, Mary Conneely, Hannah Stack, Bridget Lally and Anne Kilderry spoke both Irish and English. Margaret Leahy (39) was a teacher and born in Co. Tipperary and Hannah Stack was an assistant teacher and was born in Co. Kerry. All the other members of the household were pupils could read and write, they are as follows:

 

Bridget Nee (10)                     born in Co. Galway

Ellen Quinlivan (13)               born in Co. Galway

Mary Kilderry (11)                 born in Co. Galway

Anne Falon [sic] (9)               born in Co. Galway

Anne Burne [sic] 13)              born in Dublin City

Rose McCoy (17)                   born in Dublin City

Lily Daly (11)                         born in Co. Galway

Mary Daly (6)                         born in Co. Galway

Sarah King (13)                      born in Co. Galway

Margaret Malley (11)             born in Co. Galway

Agnes Malley (9)                    born in Co. Galway

Bridget Geary (11)                 born in Co. Galway

Julia Hatch (10)                      born in Dublin City

Mary Doulan [sic] (12 )           born in Co. Galway

Delia M. Doulan [sic] (6)       born in Co. Galway

Mary Conneely (13)               born in Co. Galway

Anne King (8)                         born in Co. Galway

Margaret King (6)                   born in Co. Galway

Catherine King (5)                  born in Co. Galway

Mary Walsh (14)                    born in Co. Galway

Eileen Feeney (7)                   born in Co. Galway

Mary C. Dunne (13)               born Co. Dublin

Mary Quirk (11)                     born in Co. Mayo

Kathleen Joyce (8)                  born in Co. Galway

Barbara Mulkerrin (10)          born in Co. Galway

Bridget Mulkerrin (8)             born in Co. Galway

Bridget Grealy (13)                born in Co. Galway

Margaret Grealy (11)              born in Co. Galway

Ellen Grealy (9)                      born in Co. Galway

Mary A. Cooke (12)               born in Co. Galway

Anne Burke (10)                     born in Co. Galway

Maria Burke (8)                      born in Co. Galway

Dorothy Walsh (5)                  born in Co. Galway

Mary Nee (15)                        born in Co. Galway

Anne Nee (12)                        born in Co. Galway

Mary Connolly (15)                born in Co. Galway

Honor Joyce (14)                    born in Co. Galway

Maria Joyce (12)                     born in Co. Galway

Anne McGing [sic] (14)         born in Scotland

Anne McDonough (15)          born in Co. Galway

Bridget McDonough (15)       born in Co. Galway

Margaret Noone (15)              born in Co. Galway

Kate Noone (12)                     born in Co. Galway

Teresa Croughwell [sic] (12) born in Co. Galway

Mary Salmon (14)                  born in Co. Galway

Bridget Connolly (12)            born in Co. Galway

Mary K. Fury (11)                    born in Co. Galway

Mary A. Quinlivan (14)          born in Co. Galway

Rose O’Connor (15)               born in Co. Dublin

Barbara Derane [sic] (10)      born in Co. Galway

Kate Lyden (9)                         born in Co. Galway

Mary O’Brien (13)                  born in Co. Galway

Margaret O’Brien (12)           born in Co. Galway

Elizabeth Russell 15)             born in Dublin City

Mary J. Russell (10)               born in Dublin City

Martha O’Rorke [sic] (9)        born in Boston U.S.A.

Elizabeth Wall (11)                born in Dublin City

Kate Quirk (8)                        born in Co. Galway

Mary Early (7)                        born in Co. Galway

Anne Heanue (14)                  born in Co. Galway

Mary Kinsella (10)                 born in Co. Kildare

Mary Fahy (15)                       born in Co. Galway

Elizabeth Fahy (11)                born in Co. Galway

Bridget Lally (14)                   born in Co. Galway

Anne Kilderry (15)                 born in Co. Galway

Mary Kane (14)                      born in Dublin City

Mary Kelly (8)                        born in Co. Galway

Elizabeth Connolly (11)        born in Co. Galway

Julia Fahy (7)                          born in Co. Galway

Bridget Connolly (12)            born in Co. Galway

Barbara Connolly (11)           born in Co. Galway

Mary Nolan (9)                       born in Dublin City

Maggie Lynch (6)                   born in Dublin City

Anne Cloonan (13)                 born in Co. Galway

Bridget Cloonan (6)                born in Co. Galway

Johanna Conroy (10)              born in Dublin City

Margaret Conroy (8)               born in Dublin City

Catherine Potter (15)              born in Co. Galway

Margaret Potter (11)               born in Co. Galway

Anne Costigan [sic] (10)        born in Dublin City

Mary Foster (8)                       born in Co. Galway

Mary K. McDonough (14)      born in Co. Galway

Mary Toole (12)                     born in Co. Wicklow

Kathleen Toole (12)               born in Co. Wicklow

Gertrude Toole (9)                 born in Co. Wicklow

Margaret Toole (7)                 born in Co. Wicklow

Honor Kyne (14)                    born in Co. Galway

Bridget Whalen (9)                born in Dublin City

Mary M. Whalen (8)               born in Dublin City

Mary Costigan [sic] (7)          born in Dublin City

Anne Ward (10)                      born in Co. Galway

Mary Ward (8)                        born in Co. Galway

Catherine Webby (15)           born in Co. Galway

Mary Murphy (15)                  born in Co. Galway

Mary Hogane [sic] (14)          born in Co. Galway

Elizabeth Hogane [sic]           born in Co. Galway

Faber Alice Beuson [sic] (9)  born in Dublin City

Mary A. McDonnell (13)        born in Dublin City

Catherine Carroll (14)            born in Dublin City

Bridget Folan (11)                  born in Dublin City

 

Joyce

House 5 was home to the Joyce family and the head of the family was listed as being Mattie (55) and he had been married to Bridget (55) for 20 years and they had had 9 children and all had survived. They lived in the house with 8 of those children, Mary (19), Martin (14), Patk (12), Bridget (10), Michl (8), Peter (6), Maggie (5) and Thomas (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mattie and Bridget (55) spoke both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. Mattie was a shoemaker and all the children, with the exception of Mary, were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Mattie Joyce.

 

Wallace

Patrick (85) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his wife of 50 years, Bridget (74). They had had 8 children but only 2 had survived. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English, but neither could read or write. Patrick was a farm labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable. The landholder was Patrick Wallace.

 

Coyne

Thomas (69) was the head of the family in house 7 and he had been married to Bridget (50) for 37 years and had had 6 children, all of whom had survived. Three of those children also lived in the house at that time and they were, John (16), Nora (14) and Thomas Joseph (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas, Bridget and Nora spoke both Irish and English and John spoke only English. Apart from Thomas Joseph, they could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer and John and Nora were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was Thomas Coyne.

 

House 8: Unoccupied

 

Joyce                                       (additional surname: Carr)

There were 8 members of this household and Stephen (33) was the head of that family and he had been married to Bridget (32) for 12 years and they had had 7 children and 5 of those had survived, Mary (11), Bridget (9), Peter (6), Patrick (3) and Nora (4mths). Also in the house at that time was Stephen’s mother-in-law, the widow Mary Carr (72). They were all Roman Catholic and Bridget (9) and Peter were born in England and the others were all born in Co. Galway. Stephen, Bridget (32) and Mary Carr spoke both Irish and English and the children, apart from baby Nora, spoke only English. Stephen, Bridget (32), Mary (11) and Bridget (9) could read and write. Stephen was a farmer and Mary, Bridget (9) and Peter were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was Stephen Joyce.

 

Lyden                                      (additional surname: Carr)

William (74) was the head of this household and he had been married to Mary (74) for 50 years and the had 9 children and all had survived. They lived in the house with their son, Tady [sic] (27) and 4 grandchildren, Michael Carr (14), Francis Carr (10), Patrick Carr (8) and Agnes Carr (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. William, Mary and Tady [sic] spoke both Irish and English and the others spoke only Irish. All the family could read and write. William was a farmer, Tady [sic] was a farm labourer and Michael was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had 2 cow houses. The landholder was William Lyden.

 

Wallace

Of the 4 members of this household, Patrick (54) was the head of the family and he had been married to Margaret (50) for 20 years and they had had 5 children with 2 of those surviving. They shared the house with those 2 children, Festus (21) and Mary (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Margaret spoke Irish and English and only the 2 children could read and write. Patrick was a stoker in the wireless telegraph station and Festus was a farmer’s son. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Patrick Wallace.

 

Boarding School

House 12 was the domestic economy boarding school and had 15 girls in residence with 2 teachers. The teachers were Mary J. Lyons (26), who was born in Co. Clare and Una E. Duffy, who was born in Co. Mayo. All residents were Roman Catholic and could read and write. The pupils were as follows:

 

Teresa Hassett (19)                 born in Co. Clare

Mary Keaney (17)                    born in Co. Leitrim

Bina Fahy (16)                          born in Co. Galway

Winifred Finucane (18)          born in Co. Clare

Mary Kate McKendrick (17)  born in Co. Clare

Sara Nicholson (19)                born in Co, Mayo

Rose Cusack (17)                     born in Co. Tipperary

Florrie O’Hara (18)                  born in Co. Roscommon

Mary Agnes Murphy (17)       born in Co. Galway

Ellen Tighe (17)                       born in Co. Mayo

Jane Clark (20)                        born in Co. Roscommon

Bridget Hagan (17)                 born in Co. Leitrim

Sarah McCoy (17)                   born in Co. Galway

Kathleen Costello (16)           born in Co. Galway

Margaret Lohan (18)              born in Co. Galway

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 11 rooms and they had a dairy, 3 fowl houses, a boiling house, a turf house, a shed and a laundry. The landholder was Mary Donnellan.

 

McDonough                            (additional surname: Connolly)

John (51) was the head of this household in house 13 and he was married to Bridget (58) and had been married for 20 years and had had 2 children. Also in the house was a son of Bridget’s, Martin Connolly (32). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only Martin could read and write. Both John and Martin were general labourers. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Bernard J. Lee.

 

McAlpine                                (additional surname: Dolan)

Patrick (61) was the head of this household and he lived in the house with his sister, Bridget (64), a nephew, Patrick (10) and a servant, Anne Dolan (18). They were all Roman Catholic and Patrick (61), Bridget and Patrick (10) were born in Keelogues, Co. Mayo and Anne was born in Milltown, Co. Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Patrick (61) was a parish priest vicar general, Bridget was a housekeeper, Patrick (10) was a scholar and Anne was a domestic servant. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 10 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a harness room, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a turf house and a shed. The landholder was the Rev. Canon McAlpine.

 

Johnstone

The head of the family in house 15 was William (40) and he had been married to Delia (38) for 13 years and they had had 5 children and all had survived. Those 5 children also lived in the house and they were Margarette [sic] (12), Elizabeth (11), (?) (6), Ruth (2) and William Cristopher (3mths, 2 weeks and 1 day). They were all members of the Irish Church and William Cristopher and Ruth were born in Co. Galway, (?) was born in Co. Tyrone and the others were born in Co. Cavan. They all spoke only English, except for baby William Cristopher. Apart from Ruth and William Cristopher, they could all read and write. William was a steward and Margarette [sic], Elizabeth, (?) and Ruth were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was the Irish Church Missions Society.

 

Ward

The widow, Bridget (72) was the head of this family and she had been married for 48 years and had 9 children but only 4 of those had survived. She shared the house with 2 of those children, Francis (38) and Eva (24). They were all Church of Ireland and were born in Scotland. Bridget spoke Irish and English and Francis and Eva spoke only English. They could all read and write. Francis was a painter. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was the Irish Church Missions Society.

 

House 17: Unoccupied

 

Connelly

Dominick (60) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Anne (50) for 23 years and had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 5 of those children, Frank (19), Bridget (18), Margaret (16), Annie (15) and Martin (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and Anne, Frank and Martin were Roman Catholic and the others were all Church of Ireland. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, with the exception of Anne, they could all read and write. Dominick and Anne were labourers, Frank was a postman, Bridget, Margaret and Annie were servants and Martin was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Dominick Connelly.

 

Ward

Michael (72) was the head of this family and he lived with his wife Honor (72) and they had been married for 2 years. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and neither could read. Michael was a car man. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a turf house. The landholder was Michael Ward.

 

King

The head of this family was Thomas (58) and he lived with his wife of 36 years, Delia (56), and they had had 11 children, 6 of which had survived. Two of those children lived in the house with them, Julia (22) and Hanah [sic] (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas spoke Irish and English and the others spoke only English. The whole family could read and write. Thomas was a painter. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a stable and a fowl house. The landholder was Thomas King.

 

Murphy                                   (additional surnames: Stone, Byrne and O’Gara)

The head of this household was Richard William (66) and he had been married to Mary Louisa (54) for 26 years and they had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. Also in the house at that time were a boarder, Edward Darley Stone (28) and 2 servants, Anne Byrne (43) and Patrick O’Gara (47). Anne and Patrick were Roman Catholics and the others were Church of Ireland. Richard William was born in Co. Carlow, Mary Louisa and Edward Darley were born in Dublin, Anne was born in Kings County[ii] and Patrick was born in Co. Roscommon. Patrick could not read, Anne could read only and all the others could read and write. Richard William and Edward Darley were clergymen, Anne was a servant and Patrick was a gardener. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 13 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a harness room, a cow house, a dairy, 2 fowl houses and a turf house. The landholder was William Murphy.

 

House 22 was a Church od Ireland boarding school and spit into 2 parts, House 22.1 and 22.2.

 

House 22.1

Isabella Thompson Mitchell (35) was the sub matron and was born in Co. Donegal and Ellen Jones (25) was a teacher and was born in Galway. All the household could read and write and all were Church of Ireland. The other 19 members of the household were pupils and they were as follows:

 

Annie Ball (17)                        born in Dublin

Emily Jane Molloy (16)          born in Co. Galway

Gertrude Molloy (11)             born in Co. Galway

Rebecca Molloy (8)                born in Co. Galway

Margaret Thompson (16)       born in Longford

Sophia Nixon (15)                   born in Cavan

Hannah Francis (12)               born in Cavan

Rachel Williamson (14)         born in Co. Antrim

Mary Anne Williamson (12)  born in Co, Antrim

Ellen Jane Sloan (13)             born in Belfast

Lizzie Hemphill (13)              born in Belfast

Margaret McIvor (13)             born in Belfast

Martha McIvor (10)                born in Belfast

Alice Hepperd [sic] (14)         born in Dublin

Florence Allam [sic] (14)       born in Belfast

Maggie Welsh (10)                 born in Belfast

Christina Downey (7)             born in Belfast

Ethel Morgan (8)                    born in Galway

Amy Maria Morgan (6)          born in Galway

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 16 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a fowl house, a turf house and a laundry. The landholder was the Irish Church.

 

House 22.2

The sole occupant of this part of the house was Francis Emily Naish [sic] (41). She was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. She could read and write and was a lady matron. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 16 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a fowl house, a turf house and a laundry. The landholder was the Irish Church.

 

Keenan

Charles (37) was the head of the family in house 23 and he was married to Hannah (32) and had been for 1 year but had no children. They were both Roman Catholic with Charles being born in Co. Galway and Hannah was born in Co. Cork. Both could read and write and Charles was a lighthouse keeper. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a fowl house. The landholder was Charles Keenan

 

Guilfoyle [sic]

The head of this household was James (64) and he had been married to Margaret (58) for 35 years and they had had 10 children and 9 had survived. They shared the house with 3 of those children, Edward (20), Katie (16) and Fanny (14). They were all Roman Catholic but only James had a place of birth listed and that was Co. Galway. James spoke both Irish and English and the others could speak only Irish and all could read and write. James was a house carpenter and Edward was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a fowl house. The landholder was Jas Guilfoyle [sic].

 

McGinley

Michael Richard (35) was the head of the family and he shared the house with his sister, Mary Anne (36). They were both Roman Catholic and born in Co. Donegal. They could speak both Irish and English and read and write. Michael Richard was an assistant lighthouse keeper. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Irish Lights.

 

James

Richard Henry (39) was listed as the head of the family in house 25 and he was married to Sarah Anne (32) and had been for 5 years and they had 1 child. They shared the house with their son, William Jervis (3) and Richard Henry’s sister, Jane Elizabeth (40). They were all Church of Ireland and Richard Henry and Jane Elizabeth were born in Co. Donegal and Sarah Anne and William Jervis were born in Co. Kerry. Apart from William Jervis, they could all read and write. Richard Henry was a principle lighthouse keeper and Jane Elizabeth was a hospital nurse. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Irish Lights.

 

Bird

There were 8 members of this family and the head of the family was Teresa (36) who was married but no husband was mentioned in this entry[iii]. She shared the house with 7 of her children, Herbert (13), Leo (8), Regnald [sic] (3), Alfred (2), Frances (12), Aileen (6) and Florence (5). They were all Roman Catholic and Teresa, Herbert and Frances were born in Co. Dublin, Leo was born in Co. Down and the other children were all born in Co. Wexford. Herbert and Leo spoke both Irish and English. Regnald [sic], Alfred and Florence could not read, Aileen could read only and all the others could read and write. Teresa was listed as working for Irish Lights and the children were all scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a stable. The landholder was Irish Lights.

 

MacKittrick

Joseph (27), who was single, was listed as the head of this household and he lived with his sister, Melda [sic] (23). Both were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Louth. Both Could read and write and Joseph was a veterinary surgeon. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a fowl house. The landholder was Joseph MacKittrick.

 

McDonnell

William (55) and he had been married to Josephine (44) for 3 years but had no children. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. William could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write. William was a marble carver. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was William McDonnell.

 

O’Heney [sic]                                     (additional surname: Forde)

The widower, John Joseph was the head of this household and he lived in the house with his housekeeper servant, Mary Forde (69), who was married. Both were Roman Catholic and John Joseph was born in Co. Tipperary and Mary was born in Co. Galway. Mary spoke Irish and English and both could read and write. John Joseph was a bank accountant and Mary was a house keeper. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 16 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was John Joseph O’Heney [sic].

 

Reidy                                                 (additional surname: Hayes)

Jane (46) was the head of this household and she was single and lived in the house with a lodger, Mary Hayes (44). They were both Roman Catholic and born in Co. Mayo. Jane was listed as speaking only English and both could read and write. Jane was a court keeper and Mary was an organist. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Jane Reidy.

 

Murphy                                   (additional surname: Lynch)

Patrick (28) was the head of the last household in Clifden and he was married to Elizabeth (33) and had been for 5 years and they had had 2 children. The shared the house with those children, John Pat (4) and Thomas J. (3) and also Elizabeth’s sister, Mary Lynch (19). They were all Roman Catholic and Mary was born in Co. Westmeath while the others were all born in Co. Galway. Patrick spoke both Irish and English. Patrick and Mary could read and write. Patrick was a railway station master. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 8 rooms and they had a coach house, a boiling house, a shed, a store, a motor house, a cycle house, 2 waiting houses and a cabin. The landholder was M.G.W.R.

 

 

1901 Census for Clifden

The 1901 census shows that there were 39 houses and a ship in the townland and that houses 7, 20, 21, 22, 31, 32 and 38 were all unoccupied. Houses 15 was a private dwelling and the I.C.M. school, house 21 was the protestant church, houses 22 was the Clifden national school, house 28 was the court house, house 29 was the Convent of Mercy and house 30 was the industrial school. House 32 was the Convent of Mercy school, house 35 was the Protestant orphanage, house 38 was the R.C. chapel and house 29 was the railway station. All the other houses were listed as being private dwellings. Houses 14, 16, 24, 28-30, 34, 35 and 39 were 1st class dwellings, houses 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 26, 27, 33 and 36 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 1-4, 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 23 and 37 were 3rd class dwelling and houses 11 and 25 were 4th class. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete and houses 1-4, 6-13, 18, 19, 23, 25, 33, 36 and 37 had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing while all the other houses had slate, iron or tiled roofs. Houses 11 and 25 had 1 room and no windows, houses 1, 3 and 18 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, house 12 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 4, 9, 13, 19, 23 and 37 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 6, 8, 10, 33 and 36 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 27 had 5 rooms and 2 windows in the front. Houses 15 and 26 had 5 or 6 rooms and 5 windows in the front, house 17 had 7 rooms and 4 windows in the front, house 28 had 4 rooms and 8 windows in the front, 16 had 11 rooms and 7 windows in the front, house 14 had 12 rooms and 8 windows in the front, house 39 had 6 rooms and 14 windows in the front, house 24 had 13 rooms and 6 windows in the front, houses 34 and 35 had 14 or 15 rooms and 9 windows in the front, house 30 had 22 rooms and 16 windows and house 29 had 40 rooms and 19 windows in the front. The out-buildings and farm-steadings return shows that there were a total of 53 outbuildings consisting of 3 stables, 4 coach houses, 2 harness rooms, 8 cow houses, 3 calf houses, 4 dairies, 6 piggeries, 6 fowl houses, 5 turf houses, 3 potato houses, 2 workshops, 3 sheds, 2 stores, a laundry and a bake house. There were 267 people in this area of Clifden, 59 males and 208 females. The enumerator for the area was Sergeant William Sullivan.

 

Ship

There 17 people on a ship in Clifden at the time of the 1901 census and the head of those people was Patrick Prendergast (55) and he also his son, John (12). Both were Roman Catholic and Patrick was born in Co. Mayo and John was born in Co. Galway. Patrick could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write. Patrick was a boatman and John was a scholar. There were 15 other people on the ship but there were no details apart from their names and they were as follows:

 

Patrick Prendergast                            Bernard J. Lee

Wm. Gorham                                      John M. Lydon

Darby Green                                       Joseph Burke

Frank Mullen                                      Thomas Toole

Thomas Toole                                     Martin Cloherty

Joseph Burke                                      James Mongan

John Darcy                                          Wm. McDonnell

Michl Corbett

 

Malley

John (46) was the head of first house in Clifden and he was married to Maria (45) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, John (19), Maryanne (16), Patrick (14), Maria (12) and Michael (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, with John (46) being actually born in Clifden. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and John could read only and all the other members of the family could read and write. John (46) and John (19) were agricultural labourers, Maryanne was a general servant domestic, Patrick and Michael were school boys and Maria (12) was a school girl. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was the Rev. Patrick Lynskey.

 

O’Hara

Mary (50) was listed as the head of this family and she was married but there was no husband listed in this entry. She shared the house with her daughter, Mary (16). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but only Mary (16) could read and write. Mary (16) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was the Rev. Patrick Lynskey.

 

Connoll [sic]

Of the 2 people living in this house, Thomas (45) was listed as being the head and he shared the house with his brother, Joseph (22). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write. Both were general labourers. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was the Rev. Patrick Lynskey.

 

McDonough                                        (additional surnames: Connolly and Burke)

John (34) was the head of the family in house 4 and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with their step son, Patrick Connolly (19) and step daughters, Elizabeth (17) and Julia (11). Also in the house was Bridget’s mother, Bridget (90) and a visitor, Patrick Burke (19). They were all Roman Catholic with Patrick (19), Elizabeth and Julia were born in America and the others were all born in Co. Galway. Apart from Patrick (19) and Elizabeth, they all spoke both Irish and English. Only the step children could read and write. John, Patrick (19) and Patrick (18) were general labourers, Elizabeth was a general servant domestic and Julia was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Bernard J. Lee.

 

Millar

John (60), a widower, was the sole occupant of house 5 and he was a Presbyterian and was born in Co. Tyrone. He could read and write and was listed as being a marine dealer, poulter and egg merchant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, piggery, a fowl house and a store. The landholder was the Rev. John Burke.

 

Lyden                                      (additional surname: Carr)

William (61) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (60) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Thady (17) and Agnes (22) and also their grandson, Michael Carr (4) and a visitor, William Carr (27). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, except for Michael, who spoke only English. Mary and Michael could not read but the other members of the family could all read and write. William (61) was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s wife, Thady was a farmer’s son, Agnes was a farmer’s daughter and William Carr was a general labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a calf house. The landholder was William Lyden.

 

House 7: Unoccupoied

 

Burke

The head of this family was Bartholomew (34) and he was married to Maria (28) and they lived with 3 of their children, Patrick (6), John (3) and Annie (1) and also Bartholomew’s widowed mother, Honour (60). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bartholomew, Maria and Honour spoke both Irish and English and only Bartholomew and Maria could read and write. Bartholomew was a tailor master. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Bartholomew Burke.

 

Faherty                                                (additional surname: Joyce)

Martin (38) was listed as being the head of the family in house 9 and he was married to Margaret (28) and they lived with their son, Joseph (5mths) and also in the house was Margaret’s widowed mother, Catherine Joyce (60). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All, apart from baby Joseph, could speak both Irish and English and read and write. Martin was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Martin Faherty.

 

Coyne

There were 8 members of the Coyne family in house 10 and the head of that family was Thomas (55) and he was married to Delia (38) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Mary (11), Patrick (9), Anne (7), John (5), Nora (2) and Thomas Joseph (1). 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 Nora and Thomas Joseph. Thomas, Delia, Mary, Patrick, Anne and John. Thomas was a farmer and Mary, Patrick and Anne were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Thomas Coyne.

 

Conroy                                                (additional surname: Gorham)

The widow, Catherine (65) was the head of this household and she shared the house with her niece, Catherine Gorham (40), her grand, Honor Gorham (5) and her widowed sister-in-law, Mary (88). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor spoke only English and the other 3 all spoke both Irish and English. Honor could read only and the others could not read. Catherine Conroy was a farmer and Honor was a scholar. The house was a 4th class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was Catherine Conroy.

 

Quigley

Husband and wife, Michael (67) and Mary (66) lived in house 12. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English, but could not read. Michael was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a piggery. The landholder was Michael Quigley.

 

Sullivan

James (65) was listed as the head of the family in house 13 and he was married to Mary (60) and they shared the house with their daughter-in-law, Ellen (26) and 2 grandchildren, Patrick (4) and John (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the adults spoke both Irish and English and the children spoke only English, but only Ellen could read and write. James and Mary were listed as being farmers, Ellen was a farm servant and Patrick and John were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was James Sullivan.

 

Lavelle

John (61) and his wife, Deborah (50) lived in house 14 and they were members of the Church of Ireland with John being born in Co. Mayo and Deborah being born in Queens County[iv]. John could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write and John was a scripture reader. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 12 rooms. The landholder was the Rev. T.H. Flemming.

 

Smith                                                 (additional surname: Palmer)

Sara (40) was the head of this household and he lived with his widowed mother, Annie (67) and a nephew, Oakley Palmer (7). Sam and Annie were Church of Ireland and Oakley was Church of England. Sara was born in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Annie was born in Co. Kildare and Oakley was born in England. They could all read and write and Sara was a school teacher and Oakley was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms. The landholder was the Rev. T.H. Flemming.

 

Ward                                                   (additional surnames: Reilly and Coyne)

Simon (55) was the head of this household and he was married to Bridget (50) and they lived with 2 of their children, Francis (25) and Kathleen E. (22). Also in the house at that time were, a niece, Ann Ward (20), Joseph Reilly (58), who was also listed as a head of the family, his wife, Bridget Reilly (50) and a nephew, John Coyne (17). John was a Roman Catholic and all the others were Church of Ireland. Simon, Bridget Ward, Francis and Joseph were born in Clifden Co. Galway, Kathleen was born in Co. Galway, Ann was born on Boffin Island, Co. Galway, Bridget Reilly was born in Kilmore, Co. Galway and John was born in Glaen [sic], Co. Galway. Francis, Kathleen E. and John spoke only English and the others spoke both Irish and English and all the household could read and write. Simon was a contractor, Bridget Ward and Bridget Reilly were house keepers, Francis was a plasterer, Ann was a general servant domestic, Joseph was a farm servant and John was a scholar. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a fowl house, a turf house and a shed. The landholder was the Rev. T.H. Flemming.

 

House 17:

There were 4 families in house 17.

 

Connolly

Dominic (49) was the head of this family and he was married to Anne (35) and they lived with 3 of their children, Michael (13), Bridget (10) and Martin (2). They were all Church of Ireland, except for Anne, who was Roman Catholic, and all were born in Co. Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, except young Martin and Dominic, Michael and Bridget could read and write. Both Dominic and Anne were farm servants and the children were scholars

 

Faherty

The sole occupant of this part of the house was the widow, Mary (80). She was Church of Ireland and was born in Co. Mayo who spoke both Irish and English but could not read. She was listed as being a general servant domestic.

 

Nee

Hannah (19) and her sister, Annie (17) lived in this part of the house. They were both Church of Ireland and were born in Co. Galway. Both spoke only English, could read and write and were listed as being general servant domestics.

 

McDermott

The widow Maria (80) was the head of the family in this part of the house and she lived with her son, William (49). They were both listed as being Protestant Church of Ireland and Mary was born in Co. Galway and William was born Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 7 rooms. The landholder was the Rev. T.H. Flemming.

 

Ward

Husband and wife, Michael (50) and Bridget (51) lived in house 18. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Michael was listed as being a carter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and they had a turf house. The landholder was William Nee.

 

King

There were 8 members of this family and Thomas (47) was the head of the family and he was married to Delia (43) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, John (24), Bridget (20), Julia (12), Magie [sic] (12), Hana (9) and Patrick (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas spoke both Irish and English and the others spoke only English apart from Patrick. Apart from Patrick, they could all read and write. Thomas and John were painters and Julia, Magie [sic], Hana and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a piggery and a turf house. The landholder was William Nee.

 

House 20: Unoccupied

 

House 21: Unoccupied

 

House 22: Unoccupied

 

Joyce

House 23 was occupied by husband and wife, Myles (70) and Mary (70). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Myles was a general labourer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Joseph Gorham.

 

Flemming                                           (additional surnames: Raddle and Whitmore)

The head of this family was Thos H. (68) and he was married to Harriette [sic] (68) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Richard (36) and Alice (29). Also in the house were 2 servants, Margaret Raddle (21) and Any [sic] Whitmore (21). All were Church of Ireland and Thos H. was born in Co. Roscommon, Harriette [sic], Richard and Alice were born in Co. Galway and Margaret and Any [sic] were born in Co. Limerick. Thos H. spoke both Irish and English and the others all spoke only English. They could all read and write. Thos H. was a clergyman Church of Ireland, Richard was a priest, Margaret was a cook servant domestic and Any [sic] was a general cook servant domestic. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 13 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a harness room, cow house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a turf house and a potato house. The landholder was Thos H. Flemming.

 

Duffy

Honor (70) was the sole occupant of house 25 and she Roman Catholic and born in Co. Clare. She could not read and was a general servant domestic. The house was a 4th class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was William Nee.

 

McAlpine                                            (additional surname: Thornton)

The head of this household was Patrick (51) and he shared the house with his sister, Bridget (53) and a servant, Mary Thornton (24). They were all Roman Catholic and Patrick and Bridget were born in Keelogus, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Mary was born in Clifden, Co. Galway. All of the household could speak both Irish and English and read and write. Patrick was a parish priest vicar forane [sic] PP VF, Bridget was a spinster and Mary was a General servant domestic. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 6 rooms and they had a stable, coach house, a harness room, a cow house, a dairy and a shed. The landholder was the Rev. Patrick McAlpine.

 

Smith                                                              (additional surname: Sleath [sic])

Robert J. (38) was listed as being the head of this family and he was married to Cecelia (39) and lived in the house with their son, Richard (6), daughter, Cecelia (4) and father-in-law, Richard Sleath [sic] (69), who was a widower. They were all Presbyterian and Richard J. and Cecelia (39) were born in Scotland, Richard (6) and Cecelia (4) were born in Co. Cavan and Richard (69) was born in Co. Mayo. Cecelia could read only and the others could all read and write. Robert J. was an agricultural instructor, Cecelia (39) was a nurse (medical), Richard (6) and Cecelia (4) were scholars and Richard (69) was a retired quarry owner. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms. The landholder was William Gorham.

 

Reedy                                                  (additional surname: Hayes)

Jane (33) and the widow Mary Hayes (34) were the only occupants of house 28. They were both Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Mayo. Both spoke only English and could read and write and Jane was a court housekeeper and Mary was a church organist. The house was a 1st class dwelling with between 7 and 9 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

Sisters of Mercy Convent  (1)  (2)

There 20 sisters living in the convent and Mary Geraghty, Jane Reville [sic], Mary Donnelan [sic], Honoria Bodkin, Mary A. Lee, Maria Hughes, Anne Colgan and Bridget Moylotte all spoke both Irish and English. All could read and write. Mary Ryan (55) was the superioress and the others were all members of the community. The Sisters of Mercy in the convent were as follows:

 

Bridget Feely (45)                              born in Co. Roscommon

Mary Geraghty (40)                           born in Co. Galway

Anne O’Dwyer (20)                            born in Co. Tipperary

Margaret Cussen [sic] (18)               born in Co. Tipperary

Mary Slattery (18)                              born in Co. Tipperary

Mary Ryan (55)                                   born in Co. Limerick

Jane Reville (66)                                 born in Co. Galway

Frances Lydon (50)                             born in Co. Galway

Mary Donnelan [sic] (30)                  born in Co. Galway

Honoria Bodkin (67)                          born in Co. Galway

Margaret Duane (55)                         born in Co. Galway

Mary A. Lee (49)                                  born in Co. Galway

Maria Hughes (55)                              born in Co. Mayo

Mary A. Keiman (68)                           born in Galway

Teresa Ryan (40)                                  born in Dublin City

Anne Colgan (39)                                born in Co. Mayo

Lydia Johnson (36)                              born in England

Mary Ryan (30)                                    born in Co. Limerick

Bridget Moylotte (28)                        born in Co. Mayo

Johanna Shannahan (25)                  born in Co. Tipperary

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 40 rooms and they had a cow house, a calf house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a turf house, a potato house, a workshop, a shed and a laundry. The landholder was Mary Ryan.

 

Industrial School (1)  (2)  (3)

There were 94 people in the Industrial school, Mary Colleran was the superintendent, Margaret Leahy was an assistant, Ellen Connolly was a work mistress, Maggie Connor, Ellen Stuffle [sic], and Kate Mullen were servants and Anne Mullen was a laundress. All the others were pupils. Ellen Lavelle, Maria Joyce and Anne MacGing [sic] could not read, Honoria Joyce and Anne McDonogh [sic] could read only and all the others could rea and write. The members of the industrial school were as follows:

 

Mary Colleran (40)                 born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Margaret Leahy (26)              born in Co. Tipperary

Anne Stuffle [sic] (14)            born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Ellen Heannie [sic] (14)         born in Scotland

Margt. A. Mullen (15)             born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Anne Connolly (15)                born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget Connolly (12)            born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget King (14)                    born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget King (12)                    born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Honor Hannon (11)               born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget Durkin (12)                born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Delia Coury [sic] (12)             born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Jane Fox (11)                born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Mullen (13)                   born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Nora Mullen (11)                   born in Co. Galway

Agnes Dixon (14)                   born in England

Margt A. Heenie [sic] (15)    born in Co. Galway

Mary Mulkerrins (10)            born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Noone (10)                    born in Co. Galway

Julia Walshe (13)                   born in Co. Galway

Honor Walshe (11)                born in Co. Galway

Maggie Lyden (14)                 born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Ellen Lyden (11)                     born in Co. Galway

Margt Linane [sic] (12)          born in Co. Galway

Sarah Linane [sic] (11)          born in Co. Galway

Christina Mooney (10)          born in Co. Galway

Kate Mannion (14)                 born in Co. Galway

Anne Mannion (10)                born in Co. Galway

Nora Hehir (12)                      born in Co. Galway

Julia Hehir (10)                       born in Co. Galway

Margt Hehir (9)                       born in Co. Galway

Alice Healy (8)                        born in Co. Galway

Mary MacDonogh (13)          born in Co. Galway

Mary MacDonnell (13)          born in Co. Galway

Susan MacDonnell (11)         born in Co. Galway

Anne MacDonnell (9)             born in Co. Galway

Kate MacDonnell (8)              born in Co. Galway

Mary Flynn (12)                       born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Nora Kelly (13)                        born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Margaret Hession (10)           born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Jane Smith (12)                       born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Sarah Smith (10)                     born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Connolly (10)                born in Co. Galway

Mary Sullivan (12)                  born in Co. Galway

Julia Morgan (14)                   born in Co. Galway

Mary E. Davis (8)                     born in Co. Galway

Kate A. Davis (6)                      born in Co. Galway

Mary Mooney (6)                    born in Co. Galway

Bridget Connolly (12)            born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Connolly (6)                  born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget MacDonogh (12)      born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Anne Moran (10)                    born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Anne Laveran (15)                  born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary Flanagan (6)                  born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Mary MacGing [sic[ (6)           born in Co. Galway

Maria Lavelle (13)                   born in Co. Galway

Ellen Lavelle (4)                       born in Co. Galway

Honoria Joyce (5)                    born in Co. Galway

Maria Joyce (3)                        born in Co. Galway

Anne MacGing [sic] (3)           born in Co. Galway

Delia MacDonogh (9)             born in Co. Galway

Nora MacDonogh (8)             born in Co. Galway

Anne MacDonogh (5)             born in Co. Galway

Mary Kelley (14)                      born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Maria Sweeney (10)                born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Celia Sweeney (8)                   born in Co. Mayo

Sarah Lavelle (12)                   born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Margaret Lavelle (10)             born in Co. Mayo                   spoke Irish and English

Bridget Cafferty (11)              born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Mary Lalley (14)                      born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Catherine Lalley (12)             born in Co. Mayo                   spoke Irish and English

Mary MacNamara (13)          born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Bridget MacNamara (10)       born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Ellen Gilmore (15)                  born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Honor Gilmore (13)                born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Bridget Gilmore (12)              born in Co. Mayo                    spoke Irish and English

Bridget Daly (14)                    born in Dublin City

Ellen Gibbeny [sic] (14)         born in Dublin City

Maggie Fagan (13)                 born in Dublin City

Honor O’Donnell (15)            born in Co. Galway

Maggie Page (14)                   born in Co. Roscommon

Susan Redmond (13)              born in Co. Wicklow

Ellen Browne (15)                   born in Co. Sligo

Mary E. MacCadden (10)       born in Co. Sligo

Lizzie Cauley (10)                    born in Co. Roscommon

Annie Cauley (13)                    born in Co. Roscommon

Honor Mulligan (12)               born in Co. Fermanagh

Sarah Mulligan (10)                born in Co. Fermanagh

Ellen Connolly (22)                born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Maggie Connor (16)               born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Ellen Stuffle [sic] (16)            born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Bridget Hehir (15)                  born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Anne Mullen (26)                   born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

Kate Mullen (16)                    born in Co. Galway                spoke Irish and English

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 22 rooms and they had a dairy and a potato house. The landholder was Mary Ryan.

 

House 31: Unoccupied

 

House 32: Unoccupied

 

McDonald

The sole occupant of house 33 was William (40), who was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English, could read and write and was listed as being a marble carver. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a fowl house and a workshop. The landholder was James Mongan.

 

Pye                                          (additional surname: Keary, Hunt and Clarken [sic])

Martin John (56) was the head of this household and he was married to Margaret Josephin [sic] (32) and they shared the house with 2 boarders, Francis William Keary (46) and Timothy Joseph (38) and a servant, Kate Clarken [sic] (19). Francis William was Church of England and born in Co. Norfolk [sic] and the others were all Roman Catholic with Martin John being born in Co. Galway, Margaret Josephin [sic] was born in Co. Clare, Timothy Joseph was born in Co. Limerick (England ?) and Kate was born in Co. Meath. Martin John and Margaret Josephin [sic] spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Martin John and Margaret Josephin [sic] were hotel proprietors, Francis William was a Commercial Royal Navy retired list, Timothy Joseph was a solicitor (practicing) and Kate was a general servant domestic. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 15 rooms and had a coach house, a fowl house and a store. The landholder was M.J. Pye.

 

Protestant Orphanage

House 35 was the Protestant orphanage and was listed in 2 parts, 35.1 and 35.2 with 35.2 being mostly scholars.

 

35.1                                         (surnames: Butcher and Evans)

There were 2 occupants of this part of the house and they were, Elizabeth Butcher (61) and Beatrice Maria Evans (30). They were both born in England and were members of the Church of England. They could both read and write and Elizabeth was a lady superintendent and Beatrice Maria was a sub matron. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 14 rooms. The landholder was Elizabeth Butcher.

 

35.2

There were 25 people in this part of the house and they were all Church of Ireland and Susan Isabella Boyd was a teacher and all the others were scholars. Lizzie Hemphill, Robert Thompson and Harry Thompson could not read, Margaret Thompson could read only and all the others could read and write. The 25 people in the house were as follows:

 

Susan Isabella Boyd (31)       born in Co. Donegal

Annie Hamilton (17)              born in Belfast City

Violet Hamilton (13)              born in Belfast City

Florence Lands (17)                born in Co. Sligo

Maud Green (17)                    born in Drogheda, Co. Louth

Annie Farrell (15)                   born in (county unknown) Ireland

Kate Farrell (13)                     born in (county unknown) Ireland

Rachel Watts (15)                   born in Co. Sligo

Ellen Sharp (14)                      born in Co. Sligo

Maria Sharp (11)                    born in Co. Sligo

Kate Alice Ashdown (13)       born in China

Mary Conneelly [sic] (11)      born in Dublin City

Violet Maud Bingham (14)    born in England

Rachel Gilchrist (14)              born in Dublin City

Madeline Wisdom (14)           born in Dublin City

Fanny Farlow (12)                  born in Dublin City

Rebecca Smith (9)                  born in Dublin City

Charlotte Smith (9)                 born in Dublin City

Mary Clancy (9)                      born in Dublin City

Sophia Thompson (11)           born in Dublin City

Lillie Thomason (11)              born in Dublin City

Margaret Thompson (6)          born in Co. Longford

Lizzie Hemphill (3)                 born in Belfast City

Robert Thompson (4)             born in Co. Longford

Harry Thompson (2)               born in Co. Longford

 

The house was a 1st class dwelling with 14 rooms. The landholder was Elizabeth Butcher.

 

Burke

Husband and wife, James (80) and Margaret (83) were the only people in house 36. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and read and write. James was a farmer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was James Burke.

 

Guilfoyle [sic]

James (49) was the head of this family and he was married to Maggie (42) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, Thomas (21), Annie Maria (17), Mary (15), James (13), Eddy (11), Bridget (9), Katie (7) and Fanny (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James (49), Maggie and Thomas spoke both Irish and English and the other children spoke only English. Fanny could not read, Katie could read only and all the others could read and write. James (49) was a carpenter, Thomas was a farmer and Annie Maria, Mary, James (13), Eddy, Bridget and Katie were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was James Burke.

 

House 38: Unoccupied

 

Smallborne [sic]

James J. was the head of the last family in Clifden and he was married to Bidilia [sic] (58) and they lived in the house with their son Michael J. (22). They were both Roman Catholic and James J. and Bidilia [sic] were born in Co. Westmeath and Michael J. was born in Co. Roscommon. They could all read and write and James J. was a railway station master and Michael J. was a clerk at the railway station. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 6 rooms. The landholder was the M.G.W. Railway.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Clifden

 

Bridget Beamon – Application No. C/20 9934. Ref No. Cen S/11/441. The application was received on the 3rd of November 1920 with an address at that time of Church hill, Clifden. Bridget’s parents were given as Festy and Ellen Beamon (Ward). The address for the 1851 search was Clifden, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. A hand written note in the right hand margin says “Chapel lane Barragh (?) is a street name in Clifden in 1850 and not in list of householders”. The search was returned on the 8th November 1920 with the words “Fam not found”.

 

Bridget Joyce – Application No. D/10 24144. Ref. No. Cen S/11/443. The application was received on 29th September 1910 with an address of Ballina. Bridget’s parents were John and Bridget Joyce. The address for both 1841 and 1851 searches was Hill St or Bach St, Clifden in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway (seems as though there was some confusion of the address). The search was returned on 7th November 1910 with the words “no trace in Back St. No Hill St. in bundle”

 

Bridget Nugent – Application No. D/10 24144. Ref. No. Cen S/11/445. Application was received on 29th September 1910 with an address of Ballina. Bridget’s parents were listed as being Geo and Celia Nugent. The address for the 1841 and 1851 searches was Clifden, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 4th November 1910 with the words “Townland uninhabited” and “No Trace in 1841”.

 

Margaret Walker Steenson [sic] – Application No. C/21 1974. Ref. No. Cen S/11/446. The application was received on 8th March 1921 and had an address of Mrs. M.W. McAdorney [sic], 67 Weir Street, Belfast. Margaret’s parents were James and Jane Steenson (Mahood) and they lived with Blake, Renville Castle, Clifden. The address for the 1851 search was Clifden, Clifden Demesne or Clifden Town, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. In the left hand margin the names Mary, Anne, Eliza and Jane were written. The search was returned on the 4th April 1921 with the words “No trace of James and Jane Steenson. Found Thos and Bridget Blake, shoemaker, no trace applicant”.

 

Peter Higgins (born 1831) – Application No. C/21 7029. Ref. No. Cen S/11/442. The application was received on 10th November 1921with an address at that time of Mr. Timothy Kyne, Ross, Headford, Co. Galway. Peter’s parents were Michael and (?) Higgins. The address for the 1841 search was Clifden Demesne or Clifden Town, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 11th November 1921 with the words “Found Michl and Catherine Higgins married 1809. Children, Michael 15yrs, Mary Nee 7yrs, cousin” and also “This is the only family of Higgins in Clifden”

 

Mary Leetle [sic]– Application No. C/17 764. Ref. No. Cen S/11/444. The application was received on 22 January 1917. The address at that time was Mrs. Mary Tyrell, West End, Bundoran. Mary’s parents were Pat and Honour Leetle [sic] nee Fahey. The address for the 1851 search was Clifden or Clifden Demesne, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. In the right hand margin there was a hand written note saying “Birth certs of persons born in Ireland prior to 1864 are not procurable as public regn. of births in Ireland did not commence until that year.” The application was returned on 26th January 1917 with the words “Not found”.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Clifden

The main immediate Lessor in this part of Clifden was Thomas Eyre and would be the immediate lessor in the following unless otherwise stated.

 

Thomas Eyre had a herd’s house on 39 acres, 3 roods and 31 perches of land in fee (for himself) that had an annual ratable valuation of £1 for the land and 5s for the herd’s house. Thomas Carr paid 15s for 11 acres, 2 roods and 15 perches of land and Mary Carr paid £1 5s for 5 acres and 20 perches of land and 5s for a herd’s house. The next 4 tenements were leased by William McDermott. Honoria McDonagh paid leased a house on 2 acres and 20 perches of land for £1 for the land and 5s for the house, Michael Murphy leased 2 plots, the first being a house on 1 acre, 3 roods and 27 perches for 15s for the land and 5s for the house and the second was 5 acres and 1 rood of land for which he paid 15s and Michael Mongan paid £1 2s for 5 acres, 2 roods and 28 perches of land and 8s for a house and office. William McDermott, William Faherty, Mark King and Dudley O’Keefe jointly leased 16 acres, 3 roods and 8 perches of land for which William McDermott paid 10s and the others each paid 5s, William McDermott also leased 2 plots of land, the first of 1 acre and 25 perches and the second was of 2 roods for which he paid 3s for each of those. John Lydon leased 1 acre, 1 rood and 15 perches of land from William McDermott for 10s.

 

Anthony Gorham leased a herd’s house on 8 acres, 2 roods and 12 perches of land for £2 5s for the land and 5s for the herd’s house. John Griffin leased 9 acres, 1 rood and 6 perches of land for £1 5s, Frank Mullin paid 10s for 1 acre, 1 rood and 26 perches of land, Kody Maley [sic] paid £1 15s for 6acres, 2 roods and 10 perches of land and 10s for a house and office and John King paid £1 5s for 3 acres, 1 rood and 15 perches of land. William Coney leased 2 acres and 30 perches of land from Bridget Mohan for 15s.

 

The next 5 tenements were leased from Thomas Eyre. Michael Joyce paid £3 3s for 6 acres, 2 roods and 17 perches of land and 7s for a herd’s house and William Fenoran [sic] also leased 6 acres, 2 roods and 17 perches of land and a herd’s house for which he paid £2 for the land and 10s for the herd’s house. James Conneely leased 4 acres, 1 rood and 37 perches of land for £1 5s and John Conneely and Michael Lysaght [sic] jointly leased 2 plots of land, the first of 6 acres, 3 roods and 12 perches for £2 and the second of 6 acres and 1 rood for £1 5s. Thad Prendergast leased 2 plots, the first was leased from Thomas Eyre, a herd’s house and office on 5 acres of land for £2 for the land and 15s for the buildings and the second was of 4 acres and 1 rood leased from Mary King for £1 10s. The next 7 tenements were leased from Thomas Eyre. George Brennan leased 2 plots of land, the first was of 3 roods and 20 perches for 5s and the second was of 1 acre, 1 rood and 15 perches for 18s, William H. Suffield leased a herd’s house and office on 7 acres, 3 roods and 20 perches for £4 5s for the land and 15s for the buildings, Thomas Ebbet [sic] leased 6 acres and 20 perches of land for £2 10s and Thomas Carr leased 3 acres and 15 perches of land for £1 10s. The Rev. Patrick McManus leased a nunnery (unfinished) on 4 acres, 2 roods and 28 perches of land for £2 10s and William Pierce leased 3 acres and 25 perches of land for £1 15s. John Toole leased a house from William Pierce for 7s and Michael Laffey also leased a house for 8s.

 

The next 5 tenements were all leased from Thomas Eyre. Thomas Ebbet [sic] leased 1 acre of land for 15s, Redmond Joyce leased 3 roods and 10 perches of land for 12s, Martin R. Hart leased 1 acre and 25 perches of land for 15s, the school leased a house on 3 acres and 10 perches of land for £2 15s for the land and £5 for the house and Dominic Darcy leased a house and office on 7 acres 1 rood and 13 perches of land for £2 17s for the land and 8s for the buildings. Thomas Conneely leased a house from Dominick Darcy for 5s, James Flanagan leased a herd’s house and office on 12 acres and 5 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £2 13s for the land and 7s for the buildings. John King leased 3 acres, 2 roods and 23 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for 15s, James Burke leased 3 acres, 1 rood and 15 perches of land from John Neyland [sic] for 12s, James Burke leased 2 plots from Thomas Eyre, the first being 1 acre, 3 roods and 15 perches of land for 3s and the second was a house and office on 2 acres and 37 perches of land for £1 for the land and £1 5s for the buildings and John Finn leased a house and a small garden of 1 rood for 15s.

 

Mary Faherty leased a house and a garden of 1 rood from James Burke for 3s for the garden and 7s for the house, James Burke leased 3 acres and 10 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £1 8s, the Rev. Alex R. C. Dallas a house and office on 15 acres and 13 perches of land from Louisa B. Darcy for £10 for the land and £17 for the buildings, Robert Shaw leased an office on 14 acres, 2 roods and 16 perches of land from William McDermott for £7 for the land and 5s for the office, John King leased 2 roods and 20 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for 10s. There was a vacant store and yard belonging to Kate McDonagh that had an annual ratable valuation of £10, William Levingston leased a store and yard from Thomas Eyre for £18 and Robert Shaw leased a store and workshop from James D’Arcy for £4, Henry Fenoran [sic] leased a house from Francis Costello for £1 10s and Robert Shaw leased a house and garden of 10 perches from Francis Costello for 5s for the garden and £14 15s for the house.

 

1670 Down Survey for  Clifden

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Longcarrow and Emloughmore. The 1641 owner was Murrogh O Na Bullie and in 1670 the owner was James Darcey.

 

[i] Difficult to read surname. Maybe McGinty? Or McGinny?

[ii] County Offaly

[iii] Herbert was listed as being married for 16 years and had 10 children and 8 had survived. This most likely refers to Teresa rather than Herbert.

[iv] County Laois

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