Clifden (Chapel Lane)

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Clifden (hapel Lane)

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 Chapel Lane

Overview of Chapel Lane in 1911

There were 3 houses in Chapel Lane but house 2 was divided into 3 tenements and house 3 was divided into 2 tenements. They were all occupied with the exception of the second tenement in house 3 and that had the landholder listed as being Revd. Jas Harte. They were all listed as being private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 1 and 2 had slate, iron or tiled roofs and house 3 had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 and 2 were 2nd class dwellings and house 3 was a 3rd class dwelling. House had 5 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 2 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 3 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front. There were 4 out buildings in Chapel Lane, a stable, a turf house, trinler [sic] (store) and a forge. There were 14 people in Chapel Lane, 7 males and 7 females. The enumerator was Const. Jas Barrett.

Dunning

The head of the family, Patrick, was listed on form H of the R.I.C. Barracks listed in Clifden (Main Street).

 Katie (28) was married to Patrick for 4 years and they had 1 child, Mary (2). They were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Mayo and Katie could read and write. Katie had no occupation listed. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms. The landholder was Thos. McWilliams.

McDonagh                                          (additional surname: Hernin [sic])

(House 2.1)

The head of this family was Mathias (39) and he had been married to Mary (24) for 5 years and they had 2 children, Patrick J. (3) and Michael (1) and also in the house at that time was Mary’s widowed mother, Mary Hernin [sic] (80). Mathias was listed as being Roman Catholic and all were born in Co. Galway. Mathias could read only and the others could not read. Mathias was a groom and Mary (80) was listed as “since dead”. The house was part of a 2nd class dwelling and had 1 room. The landholder was Cornelius McDonough.

Reilly

(House 2.2)

Patrick (28) was the head of this family and he was married to Bridget (23) and had been for 2 years and they had had 1 child, but sadly that child did not survive. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and Patrick could read and write. Patrick was a labourer. The house was part of a 2nd class dwelling and had 1 room. The landholder was Cornelius McDonough.

 Hawkins                                              (additional surname: Faherty)

(house 2.3)

The widow, Margaret (65) was the head of this household and she shared the house with her sons, Thomas Faherty (23) and Dannie (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Margaret and Thomas spoke both Irish and English and both sons could read and write. Both Thomas and Dannie were labourers. The house was part of a 2nd class dwelling and had 1 room. The landholder was Cornelius McDonough.

Madden

The head of the last family in Chapel Lane was Thomas (45) and he had been married to Barbara (43) for 4 years but they had no children. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and Barbara could read and write. Thomas was listed as being a labourer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Peter Murray.

 

 1901 Census for Chapel Lane

Overview of Chapel Lane in 1901

There were 4 houses in Chapel Lane at the time of this census and all were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 1 and 2 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while houses 3 and 4 had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 and 2 were 2nd class dwellings and house 3 and 4 were 3rd class. Houses 1 and 2 had 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, house 3 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 4 had 1 room and 1 window. There were 2 out buildings, a cow house and a forge. There were a total of 17 people in Chapel Lane, 7 males and 10 females. The enumerator was Sergeant William Sullivan.

There were 2 families living in house 1

Cunningham                                                   (additional surname: McDonagh)

(House 1.2)

The head of this household in this part of the house was Francis (40) and he was married to Mary (60) and they shared the house with a boarder, Catherine McDonagh (60), a widow. They were all Roman Catholic and Francis was born in Co. Mayo and Mary and Catherine were born in Co. Galway. Catherine could speak both Irish and English but none of them could read. Francis was listed as being a tin smith. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and had a forge. There was no landholder listed for this property.

Meenaghan [sic]

(House 1.2)

The head of this family was Martin (50) and he was married to Susan (45) and they shared this part of the house with 3 of their sons, Michael (13), Martin (9) and John (6). They were all Roman Catholic and Martin (50), Martin (9) and John were born in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo and Susan and Michael were born in Co, Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all, apart from Susan, could read and write. Martin (50) and Susan were dealers and the sons were all scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and had a forge. There was no landholder listed for this property.

 There were 3 families in house 2

 Davin

(House 2.1)

The widow Mary (60) was the head of this family and she shared this part of the house with her son, Thomas (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke only Irish and Thomas spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Thomas was a agricultural labourer. This house was a 2nd class dwelling and this part of the house had 1 room and the house also had a cow house. There was no landholder listed for this property.

O Mallay [sic]

(House 2.2)

The sole occupant of this part of the house was the widow, Margaret (65) and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co, Galway. Margaret spoke both Irish and English, could not read and a was listed as being a fishmonger. This house was a 2nd class dwelling and this part of the house had 1 room and the house also had a cow house. There was no landholder listed for this property.

Beamon

(House 2.3)

The widow, Ellen (76) was the head of this family and she shared this part of the house with her daughter, Bridget (36) and granddaughter, Annie (21). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Annie could read and write. Ellen was a fishmonger. This house was a 2nd class dwelling and this part of the house had 2 rooms and the house also had a cow house. There was no landholder listed for this property.

Mullen

The widow Ann (82) was the head of this family and she shared the house with her widowed son, Martin (45). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write. Martin was a bootmaker. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. There was no landholder listed for this property.

Griffin

Maggie (45) was the only occupant of the last house in Chapel Lane and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke both Irish and English, could not bread and was listed as being a charwoman. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room. There was no landholder listed for this property.

 

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 Chapel Lane

Martin Hart leased an office from John Hart for £1 10s, there was a vacant house belonging to John Hart that had an annual ratable valuation of £1 10s, unnamed lodgers leased a house from Patrick Corbet [sic] for £1 5s and Patrick Derg [sic] and Michael Mullen each leased a house from Patrick Corbet [sic] for 5s each. Mary Conneely leased a house from Thomas Corbet [sic] for 5s and there was a R.C. Chapel with a graveyard of 3 roods and 20 perches that was free but had an annual ratable valuation of £1 for the graveyard and £15 for the chapel.

 

This page was added on 03/09/2021.

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