Coolacloy

Cúl an Chlaí

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Coolacloy

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         132.71 acres / 132 acres, 2 roods, 33 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Coolacloy  (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Coolacloy

Logainm for Coolacloy

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Coolacloy

 

1911 Census for Coolacloy

Overview of Coolacloy in 1911

There were 9 houses in Coolacloy in 1911 and all were occupied and listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 2, 3 and 9 were 2nd class dwellings and the others were all 3rd class. Houses 5 and 7 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, houses 2, 6 and 8 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, Houses 1 and 9 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 3 had 3 rooms and 2 windows in the front. There were a total of 19 out buildings, 9 cow houses, 6 piggeries, 2 fowl houses and 2 potato houses. There were 52 people in the townland at the time of the 1911 census consisting of 24 males and 28 females. The enumerator for the townland was Const. Patrick Dunning.

 

Halloran

The widow, Bridget (46) was listed as the head of the first family in Coolacloy and she lived with 5 of her children, Martin (22), Thomas (16), Festy (14), Delia (12) and Jerone [sic] (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Martin, Thomas and Festy were farmer’s sons and Delia and Jerone [sic] were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house. The landholder was Bridget Halloran.

 

O’Halloran

Mary Anne (51), who was a widow, was the head of this family and she lived in the house with 6 of her children, Margaret (18), Hannagh (14), Josephine (12), Martha (10), Patrick (8) and Joseph (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Joseph, they could all read and write. Margaret was a farmer’s daughter, Hannagh was listed as a farmer’s son [sic] (?) and Josephine, Martha and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a potato house. The landholder was Mary Anne O’Halloran.

 

Lally

The head of this family in house 3 was John (42) and he had been married to Bridget (35) for 6 years and they had 4 children, John Joseph (5), Michal [sic] (4), Patrick (2) and Mary (8mths) and also in the house at that time was John’s widowed mother, Margaret (70). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the adults could speak both Irish and English, but only Bridget could read and write. John was listed as being a framer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a fowl house. The landholder was John Lally.

 

Halloran

The widower, William (62) was listed as the head of this household and he lived in the house with his daughter, Bridget (13). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. William spoke Irish and English and both could read and write. William was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was William Halloran.

 

Joyce

John (40) was listed as being the head of the family in house 5 and had been married to Catherine (26) for 5 years and they had had 3 children and 2 of those had survived. Those 2 children lived with them and they were, Mary (3) and Ellen (9mths) and also in the house at that time was John’s widowed mother, Catherine (70). John and Catherine (26) were born in Galway and Mary, Ellen and Catherine (70) were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. The adults could all speak both Irish and English but none of the family could read. John was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a potato house. The landholder was John Joyce.

 

Joyce                                                   (additional surname: McDonagh)

There 7 members of this household and the head was Michael (45) who had been married to Ellen (35) for 10 years and they had had 4 children, John (8), Mary (6), James (3) and Michael (9mths) and also in the house at that time was Ellen’s widowed mother, Bridget McDonagh (77). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The adults could all speak both Irish and English and Michael (45), Ellen and John could read and write. Michael (45) was a farmer and John and Mary were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Michael Joyce.

 

Diamond                                             (additional surname: Joyce)

Valentine (50) was the head of this family and he was married to Barbara (48) and had been for 19 years and they had had 6 children and 5 of those had survived. Those 5 children also lived in the house and they were, John (17), Mary (15), Annie (12), Bridget (10) and Maggie (7) and also Barbara’s mother, Catherine Joyce (77). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, although Catherine had no place of birth listed. Valentine, Barbara and Maggie could speak both Irish and English and Valentine, John, Mary, Annie and Bridget could read and write. Valentine was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Annie, Bridget and Maggie were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Valentine Diamond.

 

Toole

The head of this Toole family was Martin (58) and he had been married to Mary (48) for 26 years and had had 3 children and 2 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son, Patrick (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Mary spoke Irish and English and Mary and Patrick could read and write. Martin was a farmer and Patrick was listed as being a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Martin Toole.

 

Faherty

The head of the last family in Coolacloy was Thomas (59) and he had been married to Delia (45) for 29 years, in which time they had had 8 children, all of whom had survived. Five of those children also lived in the house and they were, Patrick (18), Delia (15), Mary Anne (12), John (10) and Thomas (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents could speak Irish and English and all the children could read and write. Thomas (59) was a farmer, Patrick and Delia were listed as being farmer’s sons[i] and Mary Anne, John and Thomas (6) were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Thomas Faherty.

 

1901 Census for Coolacloy

Overview of Coolacloy in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total 11 houses in the townland and that 10 of those were occupied. All the occupied houses were listed as being private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. The houses were all 3rd class dwellings. House 2 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 5, 7, 9 and 10 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front and houses 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were 13 out buildings, 5 cow houses, a piggery and 7 barns. There were 63 people in the townland at the time of this census, 29 males and 34 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Sweeney.

 

Toole

Mathias (82) was listed as the head of the first family in Coolacloy and he was married to Margaret (65) and they shared the house with their son, Thomas (22), their daughter-n-law, Ellen (30) and 4 grandchildren, Festus (5), John (3), Mary (2) and Peter Joseph (1mth). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mathias, Margaret, Thomas and Ellen spoke Irish and English but only Thomas could read and write. Mathias was a farmer and Thomas was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Mathias Toole.

 

Diamond

Valentine (40) was the head of the family in house 2 and he was married to Barbara (37) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, John (8), Mary (6), Annie (4) and Bridget (3mths) and also in the house at that time was Valentine’s widowed mother, Mary (80). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The adults all spoke Irish and English but only Valentine and John could read and write. Valentine was a farmer and John was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and had a barn. The landholder was Valentine Diamond.

 

Toole

The head of the family in house 3 was Martin (45) and he was married to Mary (37) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Mary Anne (14) and Peter Joseph (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Martin, they could all read and write. Martin was a farmer and the children were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Martin Toole.

 

McDonagh

The sole occupant of this house was the widow, Bridget (60) and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke both Irish and English, could not read and was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Bridget McDonagh.

 

Joyce

Catherine (60) was listed as being the head of this household and she was married but there was no husband listed in this entry. She lived in the house with 2 of her children, John (28) and Anne (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, but only Anne could read and write. Catherine was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Anne was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Catherine Joyce.

 

Halloran

The head of the household in house 6 was William (52) and he was married to Margaret (44) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children, Michael (18), Martin (14), Festus (12), John (10), William (7) and Bridget (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from the 3 youngest children, all of the family could speak both Irish and English. With the exception of Margaret and Bridget, they could all read and write. William (52) was a farmer, Michael was a farmer’s son and Martin, Festus, John and William (7) were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was William Halloran.

 

Halloran

With 9 members of this family the head was the widow, Bridget (35) and she shared the house with 8 of her children, Mary (14), Martin (12), Nora (10), Annie (8), Thomas (5), Festus (4), Delia (2) and Jerome (3mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget, Mary and Martin spoke Irish and English and they, along with Nora and Annie, could read and write. Bridget was a farmer and Mary, Martin, Nora and Annie were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Bridget Halloran.

 

Halloran

There were 10 members of this Halloran family and the head of the family was Patt (47) who was married to Mary Anne (41) and they lived in the house with 7 of their children, Thomas Fras (15), Teresa (13), James M. (11), Mary Agnes (9), Margaret (7), Jane (5), Hanoria [sic] (3) and Josephine (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patt and Mary Anne spoke Irish and English. Patt, Mary Anne, Thomas Fras, Teresa, James M. and Mary Agnes could read and write. Patt was a farmer, Thomas Fras was a farmer’s son and Teresa, James M. and Mary Agnes were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Patt Halloran.

 

Lally                                                    (additional surname: Halloran)

The widow, Margaret (56) was listed as being the head of this family and she shared the house with her son, Martin (19), her daughter, Margaret (16) and 2 cousins, Festus Halloran (14) and James Halloran (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. With the exception of James, all of the family could speak both Irish and English and Margaret (16) and Festus could read and write. Margaret (56) was listed as being a framer, Martin was a farmer’s son, Margaret (16) was a farmer’s daughter and Festus was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Margaret Lally.

 

Faherty

The head of the last family in Coolacloy was Thomas (49) and he was married to Delia (35) and they lived in the house with 5 of their children, Michael (15), Maria (13), Nora (10), Patrick (8) and Mary Anne (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and Michael, Maria, Nora and Patrick could read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Michael was a farmer’s son and Maria, Nora and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Thomas Faherty.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Coolacloy

Griffiths Valuation shows that the immediate Lessor in the townland of Coolacloy at that time was Gathorn [sic] Hardy and leased tenements to the following: Patrick Murray, James Joyce, Thomas Frazer, Martin Davin, Peter Lally, Festus Halloran, Michael McDonough, Peter Faherty, James Halloran and William Conroy jointly leased 53 acres, 2 roods and 10 perches of land. Patrick Murray paid 15s for his part of the land and 5s for a house, James Joyce paid £2 for his bit of the land and 5s for a house and office, Thomas Frazer and Martin Davin each paid 15s for land and 5s for a house and Peter Lally paid £1 8s for his part of the land and 7s for a house and office. Festus Halloran paid £1 5s for his part of the land and 5s for a house, Michael McDonough and Peter Faherty each paid £1 8s for part of the land and 5s for a house and James Halloran and William Conroy each paid £1 5s for land and 5s for a house.

 

Phelim [sic] Toole leased a house on 7 acres and 2 roods of land for £2 for the land and 5s for the house, James Reilly leased a house on 12 acres, 2 roods and 36 perches of land for £2 for the land and 5s for the house and Patrick Holland leased a house and office on 6 acres, 3 roods and 30 perches of land for £2 for the land and 5s for the buildings. John Darcy leased a house and offices on 48 acres, 1 rood and 22 perches of land for £13 5s for the land and £1 5s for the buildings, there was a vacant house belonging to John Darcy that had an annual ratable valuation of 13s and Mary King leased a house for 7s.

 

There were 12 islands belonging to the tenants of Coolacloy that had no agricultural value with a total are of 1 acre and 28 perches.

 

1670 Down Survey for Coolacloy

The Down Survey name for this area was Towerskehin & Loghanna. The owner in 1641 was Edmund O’Faharty [sic], a Catholic and in 1670 the owner was the Protestant, Thomas Cunny.

 

[i] Delia would obviously be a farmer’s daughter.

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