Clifden (Post Office Street)

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Market Square (Post Office Street)
Roger Harrison

Clifden (Post Office Street)

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

1901 Census for Post Office Street (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Clifden

Logainm for Clifden

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Clifden

 

1911 Census for Post Office Street

Overview of Post Office Street

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 16 houses in Post Office Street and 2 of those were unoccupied. Those 2 were house 11, the Clifden town hall, and house 16, Clifden National School. All the occupied houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had slate, iron or tiled roofs. Houses 4, 5 and 13 were 1st class dwellings and the others were all 2nd class. Houses 6, 7, 8 and 15 had 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 1, 2 and 3 had 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 9 had 4 rooms and 4 windows. House 12 had 7 rooms and 2 windows in the front, house 14 had 8 rooms and 4 windows in the front, house 10 had 9 rooms and 5 windows in the front, house 13 had 7 rooms and 10 windows in the front, house 5 had 10 rooms and 8 windows and house 4 had 12 rooms and 8 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were 15 out-buildings consisting of 3 stables, a coach house, a piggery, a fowl house, 5 turf houses and 4 sheds. There were 58 people in Post Office Street, 26 males and 32 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Barrett.

 

Keaveney

The first house in Post Office Street had 10 occupants of the same family and the head of the family was Arthur (45). He was married to Annie (40) and had been for 20 years and in that time they had had 9 children, of which 8 had survived. Those 8 children also lived in the house and they were, Charles Patrick (18), Mary Ellen (16), Arthur John (15), Michael James (13), Annie Cecelia (11), Susan (8), Kathleen Patrica [sic] (7) and William Vincent (1). They were all Roman Catholic and Arthur and Charles Patrick were born in Co. Sligo, Annie was born in Co. Longford, Mary Ellen was born in Co. Mayo, William Vincent was born in Clifden, Co. Galway and the others were born in Co. Roscommon. With the exception of baby William Vincent, they could all speak only English and could read and write. Arthur was an engine driver with M.G.W.R., Charles Patrick was an engine cleaner and John Arthur, Michael James, Annie Cecelia, Susan and Kathleen Patrica [sic] were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Pat Clancy.

 

Barrett                                                 (additional surname: Faherty)

James (38) was the head of this family and he had been married to Susan J. (36) for 8 years and they had 2 children, Mary Josephine (5) and Michl Joseph (7mths) and also in the house was a servant, Annie Faherty (19). They were all Roman Catholic and James was born in Co. Kerry, Susan J. was born in Co. Cork and the others were born in Co. Galway. James and Susan J. spoke Irish and English and they, and Annie, could read and write. James was a constable in the R.I.C. and Annie was a domestic servant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was John M. Lyden

 

Cosgrove

The head of this family was John (75) and he had been married to Margaret (72) for 25 years, during which time they had had 2 children, Johney [sic] (23) and Mary (25). John was a Protestant, Church of Ireland and the others were Roman Catholic and all were born in Co. Galway. John and Margaret spoke Irish and English. John and Mary could read and write. John was an army pensioner and Johney [IsicI] was a labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was John Pavin [sic].

 

Ruttledge                                            (additional surname: McDonnell)

Campbell (57) was listed as being the head of this family and he lived in the house with his wife of 25 years, Anna Kathleen (55) and they had had 4 children an all had survived. Naomi Kathleen (20), their daughter, also lived in the house and also a servant, Ellen McDonnell (17). Campbell. Anna Kathleen and Naomi Kathleen were members of the Irish Church and Ellen was a Roman Catholic. Campbell was born in Co. Mayo, Anna Kathleen was born in Co. Wexford and Naomi Kathleen and Ellen were born in Co. Galway. Ellen could speak Irish and English and all could read and write. Campbell was a bank official and Ellen was a general domestic servant. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 12 rooms and they had a stable, a piggery, a fowl house, a turf house and a shed. The landholder was the National Bank.

 

Gorham                                               (additional surnames: Hughes and Keane)

There were 3 members of this household, Patrick Charles (67), Mary R.C.G. Hughes (72) and Thomas Keane (21). They were all Roman Catholic and Thomas was born in Galway City and the other 2 were born in Co. Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Patrick Charles and Thomas could read and write. Patrick Charles was a general medical practitioner, Mary was a R.C.G. domestic servant and Thomas was a coachman. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 10 rooms and they had 2 stables and a coach house and a turf house. The landholder was Dr. P.C. Gorham.

 

Feeney

The head of the Feeney family in house 6 was Patrick (74) and he had been married to Rose (57) for 36 years and they had had 10 children although only 7 had survived. They shared the house with 2 of their grandchildren, Patrick (5) and Kitty (3). They were all Roman Catholic and Patrick was born in Co. Galway and the other members of the household were all born in England. Patrick spoke Irish and English and Patrick (74) and Rose could read and write and Patrick (74) was an army pensioner. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was Pat O’Neill.

 

Finneran [sic]

Thomas (59) was listed as being the head of this family and he was married to Elizabeth (45) and had been for 18 years and in that time they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children, Ursula (12), Catherene [sic] (9), Emma (6) and Herbert J. (2). They were all Roman Catholic and Elizabeth was born in England and all the others were born in Co. Galway. With the exception of Herbert J. they could all read and write. Thomas was a plasterer and the 3 eldest children were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was Pat O’Neill.

 

O’Neill

The widow, Bridget (86) was the head of this family and she had been married for 65 years and had had 11 children, 6 of which had survived. She lived in the house with her daughter, Mary (29). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget could speak both Irish and English and Mary could read and write. Neither of them had any occupation listed. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was Pat O’Neill.

 

Emmerson

Ellen (73) was the head of this household and she was a widow and lived in the house with her daughter, Annie (35). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both could read and write and Annie was a dressmaker. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was Ellen Emmerson.

 

Casey                                      (additional surnames: Folan, Foley, Downie [sic], Farrelly [sic], O’Sullivan   and                                                    O’Connor)

Pat (59) was the head of the household in house 10 and he was married to Susan (58) and had been for 36 years and had had 9 children and 4 had survived. They lived in the house with Their daughter, Susan (20), a servant, Catherine Folan (13) and 5 boarders, Michael Foley (37), John Downie [sic] (47), Patrick R. Farrelly [sic] (28), Bartholmew [sic] O’Sullivan (21) and James J. O’Connor (24). John Downie [sic] was a member of the Presbyterian U Free Church and was born in Scotland. The others were all Roman Catholic and Pat and James J. were born in Co. Roscommon, Susan (58) was born in Co. Clare, Susan (20) and Catherine were born in Co. Galway, Michael and Bartholmew [sic] were born in Co. Kerry and Patrick R. was born in Dublin City. Susan (58), Michael, Patrick R. and Bartholmew [sic] spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Pat was a pensioner from the R.I.C., Catherine was a scholar, Michael was a pay master CDB Fishery Dep., John was an inspector with the fishery CD Board, Patrick R. was a horticultural instructor, Bartholmew [sic] was an instructor in agriculture and James J. was listed as oversees Dep. Agriculture. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 9 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was Pat Casey.

 

House 11 was unoccupied

 

Laverack [sic]

George Wm Turner (33) was listed as being the head of this family and he was married to Florence (27) and had been for 7 years and they had 2 children, George Henry West (6) and Phyllis Elizth [sic] Florence (2). They were all Methodists and George Wm Turner and Phyllis Elizth [sic] were born in England and Florence and George Henry West were born in the Cape Colony. Both Parents could read and write. George Wm Turner was a clergyman and George Henry West was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 7 rooms. The landholder was George Laverick [sic].

 

King                                                    (additional surname: Fenoran [sic])

The widow, Teresa (70) was listed as being the head of this household and she had been married for 30 years and had had 1 child, but sadly did not survive. She lived in the house with her sister Margaret Fenoran [sic] (17). They were both born in Clifden, Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Teresa spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. There were no occupations listed for either. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 8 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was Teresa King.

 

Darcy                                                  (additional surname: Folan)

The widower, John J. (61) was the head of this household and he lived in the house with a servant, Honor Folan (71). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and John J. could read and write. John J. was a justice of the peace and Honor was a general servant. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 7 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was John J. Darcy.

 

Connoll [sic]

Thomas (58) was listed as the head of the last occupied house in Post Office Street and he lived in the house with his brother, Joseph (34). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and read and write. Thomas was a trader and Joseph was a Labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was San L. Freer.

 

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)

Bridget Gresham had a forge that had an annual ratable valuation of 5s, Archibald Downey and Martin Thornton leased houses from James Darcy for 10s each and Denis Heany [sic] leased a house from William Faherty for £1. Patrick McGrath leased a house from Thomas Eyre for 15s, there were lodgers that paid John Conneely 10s for a house and yard and James Flanigan [sic] leased a house and small garden from Thomas Eyre for £1 10s. William Conneely and John O’Donnell leased a house and small garden from William Faherty for £1, Samuel Jones leased a garden of 10 perches from Thomas Eyre for 5s and there were 3 vacant houses belonging to Samuel Jones, the first having an annual ratable valuation of 5s and the other two of 10s. Bartholomew Lydon leased a house and small garden from Thomas Eyre for £2, William H. Suffield leased a house and small garden from Anthony Gorham for £2 and he also leased a house and small garden from Thomas Eyre for £20. Catherine Thomas leased a house and garden of 10 perches from Arthur Thomas for 5s for the garden and £7 for the house, Patrick King leased a building ground and garden of 10 perches from Thomas Eyre for 5s and John O’Donnell and John King each leased a house and small garden from Sabina O’Donnell for £2. Thomas Welby leased a house and a small garden from Patrick Burke for £2, there were lodgers that leased a house and small garden from Patrick Burke for £2 5s and Michael O’Brien leased a house with a yard and garden of 26 perches for 15s for the garden and yard and £4 5s for the house. The Irish Church Mission Society leased an infant school house from Denis Mullins for £3 15s.

 

Thomas Eyre leased the following tenements: National School leased a house and land of 2 acres and 2 roods that had an annual ratable valuation of £2 10s for the land and £8 for the house, James Disney paid 5s for a garden of 20 perches, William Burke paid 5s for a garden of 22 perches and Peter Hickey paid 15s for a garden of 1 rood and 31 perches. James Needham paid 3s for a garden of 11 perches, William Coneys paid 2s for a garden of 11 perches and Mary Carr paid 8s for a garden of 16 perches. The Irish Church Mission Society leased a female school house and garden of 39 perches for 15s for the garden and £5 5s for the school house from (un-named) Murphy. Thomas Eyre leased the following tenements: Thomas Carr leased a garden of 3 roods and 5 perches for £2, William H. Suffield paid £1 for a garden of 1 rood, Thomas Lyden Sen. paid 12s for a garden of 26 perches and Anthony Gorham paid 8s for a garden of 20 perches.

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