Clifden (Market Hill)

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Clifden (Market Hill)

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 (Market Hill)

Overview of Clifden (Market Hill) in 1911

There were a total of 16 houses in this part of the townland but only 9 were occupied. Houses 10-16 were unoccupied. House 10 were stables and houses 11-16 were stores. All the occupied houses were listed as being private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and slate, iron or tiled roofs. All the occupied houses were 2nd class dwellings. Houses 2-6 had 3 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 7 and 9 had 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front and houses 1 and 8 had 4 rooms and 4 windows. There were a total of 9 outbuildings (including the unoccupied houses) consisting of 3 stables and 6 stores. There were 34 people in the townland at that time, 17 each of males and females. The enumerator for area was Const. James Barrett.

 

Higgins

The head of the first family in Market Hill was the widow, Bridget (54) and she lived in the house with 2 of her daughters, Mary (32) and Annie (26). They were all Roman Catholic and Bridget and Annie were born in Co. Galway and Mary was born in Co. Sligo. They could all read and write and Bridget was a housekeeper and Mary and Annie were national school teachers. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The enumerator was Pat Fogarty.

 

Murray                                                (additional surname: McLoughlin)

The widow, Catherine (80) was listed as the head of this household and she shared the house with a boarder, Bridget McLoughlin (71). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but only Bridget could read and write. Both were listed as being housekeepers. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The enumerator was Fenton Kavanagh.

 

Gibbons                                              (additional surname: Mulkerrin)

The household in house 3 consisted of 2 widows, Mary Gibbons (74) and Mary Mulkerrin (77), a lodger, and they were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but could not read. There was no occupation listed for either of them. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The enumerator was Fenton Kavanagh.

 

Conneely

Celia (74), who was a widow and had had 6 children, was listed as being the head of this family and she shared the house with her son, John (26). They were both born in Clifden, Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and John Could read and write. John was a labourer. There was no occupation listed for either of them. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The enumerator was Patk. Murray.

 

King

John (85) was the head of this family and he had been married to Ellen (72) for 55 years and had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could both speak both Irish and English but could not read. John was listed as being a farmer and Ellen was listed as a wife. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The enumerator was John King.

 

Burke                                                  (additional surname: Mulkerrin)

There were 3 children living in this house at this time, all were siblings, and they were John (15), Bridget (13) and Martin (8) and there was also a lodger, Mary Mulkerrin (82). Mary had been married for 40 years and had had 5 children and 3 of those had survived. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English. Mary could read only and the children could all read and write. All the children were listed as being scholars and Mary was a pensioner. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The enumerator was Peter Murray.

 

Faherty                        (additional surnames: Lyden, Grealish, Conneely and Mulkerrin)

The head of this household was Patrick (30) and he had been married to Mary (33) for 6 years and they had had 1 child, but sadly that child did not survive. They shared the house with 5 boarders, James Lyden (40), Pat Grealish (40), Thomas Conneely (72), Ellen Mulkerrin (82) and Michael Conneely (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Patrick, James, Pat and Michael could read and write. Patrick was a car driver, James, Pat and Thomas were labourers and Michael was a wool weaver. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The enumerator was John Connolly.

 

Connolly                                             (additional surname: Collins, Burke and Reilly)

There were 10 members of this household and Mary (44) was listed as being the head of that household. She had been married for 24 years and had 7 children but there was no mention of a husband in this entry. She shared the house with her son-in-law, Martin (24) and he had been married to Mary’s daughter, Kate (21) for 1 year but had no children. There were also 4 other children, John (17), Bridget (14), Patrick (6) and Lizzie (4) and 3 lodgers, Michael Collins (35), Patrick Burke (30) and John Reilly (35). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (44) and John (35) spoke Irish and English and, apart from Mary and Patrick (30), they could all read and write. Mary was a lodging house keeper, Martin and John (17) were hotel porters, Michael and John (35) were general labourers, Patrick (30) was a smith and Patrick (6) and Lizzie were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The enumerator was John J. Connolly.

 

Leetle [sic]

Mary (73) was the head of this family and she was a widow and lived with her son, Peter (36). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke both Irish and English and Peter could read and write. Mary was a housekeeper and Peter was a Tailor. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The enumerator was Pat Fogarty.

 

 

1901 Census for Clifden (Market Hill)

There were 12 houses in Market Hill in 1901 and 2 of those, houses 1 and 6, were unoccupied. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 9 and 10 had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing while all the others had slate, iron or tiled roofs. House 4 was listed as being a lodging house and all the others were private dwellings. House 10 was a 4th class dwelling while all the others were 2nd class. House 10 had 1 room and no windows, Houses 3, 4 and 5 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, Houses 7 and 8 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows and houses and houses 2, 9, 11 and 12 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front. There were a total of 4 out buildings, 2 piggeries and 2 turf houses. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 50 people, 22 males and 28 females. The enumerator for the area was Sergeant William Sullivan.

 

House 1 was Unoccupied

 

King

John (63) was the head of the family and he was married to Norah (63). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and could read and write. John was a carpenter master. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 2 rooms and they had a turf house. There was no landholder listed.

 

Faherty

The head of this family was Thomas (30) and he was married to Margaret (30) and they shared the house with Annie (5), Mary (4), Catherine (2), John (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas and Margaret spoke Irish and English but only Thomas could read and write and was listed as being an agricultural labourer. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

Mannion                      (additional surname: Conneely, Grealish, Lyden and Toole)

The widow Kate (60) was listed as the head of this household and she shared the house with 4 lodgers, Thomas Conneely (50), Martin Grealish (62), James Lyden (30) and Margaret Toole (40). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. With the exception of Margaret, they could all speak both Irish and English. Thomas and James could read and write. Kate was a dressmaker and lodging house keeper, Thomas was an agricultural labourer, Martin was a boatman, James was a general labourer and Margaret was a general servant domestic. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

House 5 was divided into 3 parts.

 

Dwyer

(House 5.1)

The sole occupant of this part of the house was Anne (76), who was a widow. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Tipperary. She could not read and was listed as being a general servant domestic.

Conroy

(House 5.2)

Catherine (60) was the only occupant in this part of the house and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Clifden Co. Galway. She could not read but spoke both Irish and English and was a general servant domestic.

Feeney

(House 5.3)

Again, there was only the 1 occupant of this part of the house and she was the widow, Mary (50). She was born in Clifden, Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke both Irish and English but could not read and was listed as a housekeeper domestic servant.

The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

House 6 was unoccupied.

 

House 7 was divided into 2 parts.

 

Jenning [sic]

(House 7.1)

The widow Anne (72) was listed as being the only occupant of this part of the house and she was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Mayo. She spoke both Irish and English, could not read and was a general servant domestic.

Conneely

(House 7.2)

John Joe (37) was the head of the family in this part of the house and he was married to Mary (38) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Mary (12), Catherine (10), John (6), Bridget (3) and Thomas (3mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John Joe and Mary (38) spoke Irish and English and John could read only while John Joe, Mary (12) and Catherine could read and write. John Joe was a shoemaker, Mary (38) was a housekeeper and Mary (12) Catherine and John were scholars.

 

The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms and they had a piggery. There was no landholder listed.

 

Craughwell [sic]

The head of this family was John (44) and he was married to Mary Jane (30) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children, John (11), Ellie (9), Patrick (7), Daniel (5), Martin (3) and Teresa (1). They were all Roman Catholic and Mary Jane was born in Ballina, Co. Galway, John (11) was born in Swinford, Co. Mayo, Ellie, Patrick and Daniel were born in Co. Mayo and the other were born in Co. Galway. Daniel could read only and John (44), John (11) and Patrick could read and write, John was a violin player, Mary Jane was a nurse domestic servant and all the children were scholars. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms and they had a piggery. There was no landholder listed.

 

House 9 was divided into 3 parts.

 

Madden

(House 9.1)

Thomas (35) was the head of the family in this part of the house and he was married to Mary (28) and they had 1 daughter, Mary (7mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic and both parents could speak both Irish and English. Thomas could read only and Mary (28) could read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farm servant and Mary (28) was a general servant domestic.

Murray

(House 9.2)

The widow, Catherine (80) was the sole occupant in this part of the house and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke both Irish and English, could not read and was a water carrier.

Joyce

(House 9.3)

The only occupant here was Mary (60), who was listed as being married but there was no mention of a husband in this entry. She spoke Irish and English, could not read and was a wool spinner.

 

The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms and they had a turf house. There was no landholder listed.

 

House 10 was divided into 2 parts.

 

Corbett

(House 10.1)

Michael (74) was the only occupant of this part of the house and was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He could read and write, spoke Irish and English and was an agricultural labourer.

Burke

(House 10.2)

The only occupant of this part of the house was the widower Daniel (70) and he was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He was a mason who could read and write and spoke both Irish and English.

 

The house was a 4th Class dwelling and had 1 room. There was no landholder listed.

 

McDonnell                                          (additional surnames: Joyce and Conneely)

The widower, Alexander (78) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his son, Alexander (50), also a widower, a grandson, John Joe (11) and 2 servants, Barbara Joyce (20) and Thomas Conneely (21). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, except for John Joe and they could all read and write. Both Alexanders were marble carvers, Barbara was a housemaid domestic servant, Thomas was a waiter in hotel and John Joe was a scholar. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

Higgins                                               (additional surname: Daly)

The widow, Bridget (42) was the head of the last household in Market Hill. She shared the house with 4 of her children, Bridget (21), Annie (16), Mary (22) and Alick (11) and also a visitor, Kate Daly (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, except for Bridget (21) and Mary, who were born in Co. Sligo. Kate could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Bridget (42) was a housekeeper, Mary was a school teacher and the others were all listed as being scholars. The house was a 2nd Class dwelling and had 4 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

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

Patrick Walsh leased a house for 15s from Peter Hickey and Thomas Eyre leased 6 tenements to the following: John Lyden paid £1 for a house, Mary Conry and John Murphy paid 5s for houses, Andrew Connolly paid 15s for an office, Michael Lyden leased an office for £1 5s and Michael Joyce (short) paid 10s for an office. Anne Magrath leased a house from Margaret Corbett 7s, Thomas Browne had a house with an annual ratable valuation of 8s and Charles Wallace leased a house and office from Stephen Wallace for £1.

 

Thomas Eyre leased 3 tenements to the following: Daniel Hanly [sic], Peter Reilly and Bartholomew Curran each leased houses for 10s and Richard Conneely leased a house from John Conneely for 10s. Thomas Eyre leased a further 5 tenements to the following: John Hogan paid 10s for a house and office, John Murray paid 10s for a house, office and small garden, Sarah Faherty paid 5s for a house, Anthony Gorham paid £4 5s for an office and yard and there was a vacant house belonging to Thomas Eyre with an annual ratable valuation of 15s.

 

Anne Walsh and Michael Connolly leased houses from Thomas Carr for 15s, Thomas Carr leased a house to lodgers for £1 5s and Thomas Carr leased an office and small garden from Thomas Eyre for 10s and waste under houses, yards, streets and small gardens with a total area of 24 acres, 1 rood and 27 perches that had no valuation listed. There were also 2 acres, 2 roods and 19 perches of water.

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