Fakeeragh

Faiche Chaorach

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Fakeeragh

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         145.61 acres / 145 acres, 2 roods, 17 perches

 

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

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

Map

Galway Library for Fakeeragh

Logainm for Fakeeragh

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Fakeeragh

 

1911 Census for Fakeeragh

Overview of Fakeeragh in 1911

There were a total of 9 houses in the townland of Fakeeragh and they were all 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 to 5 were 3rd class dwellings and the others were all 2nd class. Houses 2 to 5 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front and houses 1 and 6-9 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front. There were a total of 26 out buildings, 6 stables, 9 cow houses, 6 piggeries, a potato house and 4 cart houses. There were 47 people in the townland at the time of this census consisting of 26 males and 21 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Barrett.

 

Browne

The head of the first family in Fakeeragh was the widow, Mary (72) and she lived in the house with 3 of her children, Bridget (52), Michael (44) and James (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary and Bridget could speak Irish and English and they could read only while Michael and James could read and write. Mary was listed as being farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter, Michael was a farm and civil bill officer and James was a farm labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a stable, 2 cow houses, a piggery, a potato house and a cart house. The landholder was Mary Browne.

 

Toole                                                               (additional surname: Malley)

Thomas (68) was listed as being the head of this family and he had been married to Margaret (65) for 40 years and in that time they had had 14 children and 13 had survived. They shared the house with their daughter, Celia (20), their sons James (19) and Thomas (15), Thomas’ brother, Martin (70), their widowed daughter, Mary Malley (33), who had been married for 6 years and had had 3 children, all of which had survived. Also in the house were 3 children, listed as step children[i], John Malley (14), Mary Malley (12) and Bridget Malley (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and could read and write. Thomas (68) was a farmer and Thomas (15), John, Mary (12) and Bridget were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a stable, a cow house and a cart house. The landholder was Thos Toole.

 

Quinn

The head of this family was Patrick (69) and he had been married to Anne (62) for 36 years and they had had 7 children and all had survived. They shared the house with 3 of those children, John (29), Anne (20) and Mary (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and, apart from Patrick, they could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer and John was a bank porter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patk Quinn.

 

McGrath

The widower, John (67) was the only occupant in house 4 and he was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English, could read and write and was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was John McGrath.

 

Lydon

Of the 6 members of this family, Patrick (46) was the head and he lived in the house with his wife of 6 years and their 4 children, Patrick (6), Mary (5), John (3) and Thomas (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Patrick was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patk Lydon.

 

Lydon

The widow, Bridget (76) was the head of this family and she lived in the house with an unspecified relation, Honor (43). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Honor could read and write. There was no occupation listed for either. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Bridget Lydon.

 

McGrath                                                                      (additional surname: Lynch)

Patrick (46) was listed as being the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (28) for 9 years and they had had 6 children, of which 5 had survived. They shared the house with those 5 children, Andrew (8), John Francis (6), Martin Joe (4), Patrick Henry (3) and Bartholomew (9mths) and also in the house at that time was a boarder, John Lynch (72). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke Irish and English and the other members of the household, with the exception of baby Bartholomew, spoke only English. Patrick, Mary and Andrew could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Andrew and John Francis were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a stable, a cow house and a cart house. The landholder was Pat McGrath.

 

Keady

Joseph (75) was listed as being the head of this family and he had been married to Anne (65) for 40 years and during that time they had had 12 children, of which 11 had survived. They shared the house with 5 of those children, Michael (26), Joseph (24), Margaret (22), Agnes (18) and Wenifred [sic] (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and all the children could read and write. Joseph was a farmer, Michael was a plasterer and Joseph was a farm labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Joe Keady.

 

McGrath                                                          (additional surnames: McCann and Mannion)

The head of the last household in Fakeeragh was Martin (80), who had been married for 60 years and had had 14 children, of which 10 had survived. There was no wife mentioned in this entry. He shared the house with his son-in-law, Joseph McCann (40), who was married to Martin’s daughter, Julia (35) and had been for 3 years and they had had 1 child, but that child id not survive. Also in the house at that time was a granddaughter, Mary Kate Mannion (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Joseph spoke Irish and English and, apart from Martin, they could all read and write. Martin was a farmer and Joseph was a labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a cart house. The landholder was Martin McGrath.

 

1901 Census for Fakeeragh (Faulkeeragh)

Overview of Fakeeragh in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total of 6 houses in the townland of Fakeeragh. All of the house were occupied and listed as being private dwellings. The houses were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 6 had slate, iron or tiles for roofing and the others all had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 6 was a 1st class dwelling, houses 1 and 2 were 2nd class and houses 3, 4 and 5 were 3rd class. Houses 3, 4, and 5 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 1 and 2 had 3 rooms and 3 windows and house 6 had 12 rooms and 5 windows in the front. There were a total of 20 out buildings, 3 stables, 3 cow houses, 2 calf houses, 5 piggeries, a fowl house, 2 barns, a turf house and a potato house. The enumerator for the area was Sergeant Andrew Young.

 

Browne

John (76) was the head of the first family in the townland and he was married to Mary (64) and they shared the house with John’s sister, Mary (74), 5 of their children, Bridget (35), Michael (29), Annie (23), William (21) and Agnes (19) and also there was an unspecified family member[ii], James (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John, Mary (64), Mary (74) and Bridget could speak Irish and English and all the household could read and write. John was a civil bill officer and farmer, Mary (64) was a farmer’s wife, Mary (74) was a general servant domestic, Bridget, Annie and Agnes were farmer’s daughters, Michael was a summon server and farmer’s son and William and James were farmer’s sons. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a barn and a turf house. The landholder was John Browne.

 

Toole                                                               (additional surname: Melia)

There were 14 members of this household and the head was Thomas (53) and he was married to Margaret (48) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, John (18), Margaret (14), Peter (12), Catherine (11), Celia (8), James (6), Thomas (4) and a widowed daughter, Mary Melia (25). Also in the house at that time were 3 grandchildren, John Melia (4), Mary Melia (2) and Bridget Melia (4mths) and also a brother of Thomas’, Martin (58). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (53) and Martin spoke Irish and English. Margaret (48), Thomas (4), John (4), Mary (2), Bridget and Martin could not read, Thomas (53) and James could read only and the others could all read and write. Thomas (53) and Martin were farmer’s, Margaret (48) and Mary (25) were farmer’s wives, John (18) was a farmer’s son, Margaret (14) was a farmer’s daughter and Peter, Catherine, Celia, James, Thomas (4) and John (4) were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms with a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. The landholder was Thomas Toole.

 

Quinn

The head of this family was Patrick (50) and he was married to Anne (40) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children, Michael (23), Martin (20), John (18), Bridget (13), Anne (8) and Mary (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents could speak Irish and English. The parents, Anne (8) and Mary could not read, Martin and John could read only and Michael and Bridget could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer, Anne (40) was a farmer’s wife, Michael was a porter at the National Bank, Martin and John were farmer’s sons, Bridget, Anne (8) and Mary were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms with a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patrick Quinn.

(71)

McGrath

The widower, John (50) was the sole occupant of this house and he was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. He spoke Irish and English, could read and write and was listed as a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms with a piggery. The landholder was John McGrath.

 

Ryder

Martin (71) was the head of the family in house 5 and he was married to Margaret (66) and they shared the house with their son, Thomas (23) and daughter, Agnes (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Margaret spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Martin was a farmer, Margaret was a farmer’s wife, Thomas was a farmer’s son and Agnes was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms with a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Martin Ryder.

 

Gorham                                                           (additional surname: Cassidy)

The head of the last house in Fakeeragh was Anthony (58) and also in the house was his visiting sister, Delia (42) and a servant, Elizabeth Cassidy (52). They were all Roman Catholic and Anthony and Delia were born in Clifden, Co. Galway and Elizabeth was born in Belfast. They could all read and write but there was no entry under languages. Anthony was MDRWILRCS Edin not practising, Royal Navy retired and Elizabeth was a domestic servant. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 12 rooms with a cow house, a fowl house and a turf house. The landholder was Anthony Gorham.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Fakeeragh

The tenants of plot No. 2 leased 66 acres and 12 perches of commonage land from Thomas Eyre for £1 10s. Thomas Eyre leased 9 tenements on plot 2 that had an area of 61 acres, 3 roods and 21 perches of land to the following: Patrick Browne paid £2 15s for land and £1 5s for a house and offices, Mary Toole paid £2 15s for land and 15s for a house and offices and John McGrath paid £1 10s for land and 5s for a house. Michael Quinn paid £1 10s for land and 5s for a house, Catherine Walsh paid £2 15s for land and 15s for a house and office and William Neyland [sic] paid £2 15s for land £1 for a house. Michael Kealy and Patrick McGrath each paid 15s for land and Martin McGrath £2 10s for land.

 

Peter McGrath leased a house with a garden of 1 rood from Patrick McGrath for 3s for the garden and 5s for the house, John Ward leased a house with a garden of 2 roods and 30 perches from Mary Toole for 7s for the land and 5s for the house and the Irish Church Missions Society leased a school house (part of) for £1. The Irish Church Missions Society leased a school house (part of) from William Neyland [sic] for 10s, Mary Toole leased 3 roods and 30 perches of land from Margaret Darcy for 8s, Thomas Lydon leased 1 acre, 2 roods and 28 perches of land from Mary McLoughlin for 12s and Julia Levingston leased 2 tenements from Thomas Eyre, the first was 3 roods of land for 5s and the second was a house and offices on 2 acres, 2 roods and 30 perches of land for £1 15s for the land and £12 for the buildings. There were also 2 acres, 1 rood and 13 perches of water in the townland.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for Fakeeragh

The Down Survey name for this area was Hackreagh. The 1641 owner, (pre Cromwell) was the Catholic, Murragh O’Flaharty and the 1670 owner (post Cromwell) was James Darcy, also a Catholic. There were 153 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 39 plantation acres of profitable land and 39 plantation acres were forfeited.

 

[i] Most likely Mary Malley’s children.

[ii] Most likely a son.

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