Moorneen

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Moorneen

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Sillerna

Area:                                         276.11 acres / 276 acres, 0 roods, 17 perches

 

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

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

Map

Galway Library for Moorneen

Logainm for Moorneen

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Moorneen

 

1911 Census for Moorneen

Overview of Moorneen in 1911

There were a total of 15 houses in the townland of Moorneen according to the 1911 census. Four of those houses were unoccupied, houses 12-15. The landholder of houses 12, 13 and 14 was A.H.B. Leighton and the landholder of house 15 was Anthony McEvilly [sic]. The house were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls with houses 1-5, 11 and 15 having thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing and the other houses had slate, iron or tiled roofs. House 6 was a 1st class dwelling, houses 1, 4, 7-10 and 12-15 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 2, 3, 5 and 11 were 3rd class. All the houses were private dwellings with the exception of house 6, which was the coast guard station. Houses 2, 3, 5, 9 and 11 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 1, 4, 10 and 12 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows, houses 7, 8, 13 and 14 jad between 2 and 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front, house 15 had 5 or 6 rooms and 4 windows in the front and house 6 had 5 or 6 rooms and 8 windows to the front. There were a total of 25 out buildings in the townland, 4 stables, 4 cow houses, a piggery, 6 fowl houses, 8 turf houses, 1 potato house and 1 shed. There were a total of 50 people in the townland at the time of the census, 20 males and 30 females. 3 males and 1 female were Protestant and the rest were Catholic. The enumerator for the area was Const. Edmund Moloney.

 

Toole                                       (additional surname: Walsh)

The head of the first family in Moorneen was the widow, Margaret (74) and she lived in the house with her son, Patrick (35) and he had been married to Margaret (35) for 6 years and they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. Those 3 children also lived in the house and they were Bridget (3), Mary (1) and Annie (2mths) and also there was a grandniece, Annie Walsh (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, with the exception of Annie Walsh, who was born in America. Margaret (74), Margaret (35) and Annie (14) all spoke both Irish and English and Patrick, Margaret (35) and Annie (14) could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Annie (14) was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they also had a stable, 2 cow houses, a piggery, a fowl house and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Toole.

 

Cloherty

Thomas (72) was the head of this family and he was married to Bridget (58) and had been for 32 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 2 of those children and they were, Joseph (29) and Maggie (15). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English. Joseph could read only and the others could all read and write. Thomas was a retired farmer, Joseph was a farmer’s son and Maggie was an assistant postmistress. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Thomas Cloherty.

 

Kane

The head of this household was John (75) and he had been married to Mary (73) for 47 years and they had had 7 children, all of whom had survived. They shared the house with their son, Martin (44), their daughter, Mary (35) and 2 grandchildren, John (11) and Mary (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, except for Mary (10), who was born in America. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Mary (73), they could all read and write. John was a farmer, Martin was a farmer’s son and John and Mary (10) were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was John Toole.

 

Burke                                      (additional surname: Kelly)

The widow Agnes (73) was the head of this family in house 4 and she lived in the house with 2 of her daughters, Agnes (26) and Honoria Kelly (32), who had been married for 4 years and had 1 child but there was no husband mentioned in this entry. That child also lived in the house at that time and was Celia (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, except Celia, who was born in America. Apart from young Celia, they could all read and write. There were no occupations listed. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a potato house. The landholder was Agnes Burke.

 

McLoughlin

There were 6 members of this household and the head of the family was John (72) and he had been married to Mary (63) for 40 years and they had had 11 children and 7 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children and they were, Patrick (35), Denis (23), John (21) and Fleonor [sic][i] (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (72), Mary and Patrick spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. John (72) was a farmer, Patrick, John (21) and Denis were farmer’s sons and Fleonor [sic] was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Emmett

William (50) lived in the house with his wife Emma (48), who he had been married to for 16 years and they had had 5 children and all had survived. They shared the house with 3 of their daughters, Muriel (15), Hilda (12) and Kathlena [sic] (10). William was Church of England and the others were all Wesleyan and they were all born in England. There was nothing entered under language, which probably indicated that they all spoke only English. The whole family could read and write. William was a chief petty officer in the coast guard and Muriel, Hilda and Kathlena [sic] were scholars. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 6 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was A.H.D. Leighton.

 

Lethby [sic]

There were 2 members of this household, husband and wife, Richard William (34) and Sarah Louisa (32) and they had been married for 6 years but they had no children. They were both Church of Ireland and Richard William was born in Wales and Sarah Louisa was born in England. They could both read and write. Both worked with H.M. Coast Guard. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a fowl house and a turf house. The landholder was A.H.D. Leighton.

 

Derrick

William Arther [sic] George (35) was the head of this family and he was married to Nel [sic] Alexander (31) and had been for 8 years and in that time they had had 3 children. They shared the house with their daughter, Clara Maria (2), They were Salvationists and William Arther [sic] George and Nel [sic] Alexander were born in England and Clara Maria was born in Co. Antrim. They were all listed as being able to read and write and William Arther [sic] George worked with H.M. Coast Guard. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a fowl house and a turf house. The landholder was A.H.D. Leighton.

 

King

Francis J. (28) was the sole occupant of house 9 and he was a member of the Church of England and could read and write. He was a coast guard boatman. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was A.H.D. Leighton.

 

Black

Harry (40), who was married to Emma Elizabeth (40) was the head of this family and they had been married for 17 years and had had 6 children and 4 of those had survived. Those 4 children also lived with them and they were, Hilda Marion Kilbride (12), Ivy Nelly (11), Harry Thomas (9) and Kathleen Annie Lilly (8). They were all members of the Plymouth Brethren and Harry was born in Kendall, Emma Elizabeth was born in Cumberland, Portsmouth, Hilda Marion Kilbride, Ivy Nelly and Harry Thomas were born in Lepe, Southampton England and Kathleen Elizabeth was born in C0. Donegal. They could all read and write and Harry was in H.M. Coast Guard. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a turf house. The landholder was A.H.D. Leighton.

 

Clesham

The head of the last house in Moorneen was Matthew (69) and he was married to Bridget (55) and had been for 36 years and they had had 9 children and 8 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children, Bridget (25), John (18), Patrick (14) and Matthew (13). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Matthew (69), Bridget (55), Patrick and Matthew (13) all spoke Irish and English and John, Patrick and Matthew (13) could read and write. Matthew (69) was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and Matthew (13) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Samuel Hayes.

 

1901 Census for Moorneen

Overview of Moorneen in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total of 17 houses and all were listed as being private dwellings and were occupied. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 1-8 had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing and houses 9-17 had a slate, iron or tiled roof. Houses 1-8 and 17 were 3rd class dwellings and houses 9-16 were 2nd class. House 4 had 2 rooms and no windows in the front, house 3 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1, 6-8 and 17 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front and house 2 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. House 13-16 had 2 rooms and 4 windows in the front, houses 10, 11 and 12 had 3 rooms and 2 windows and house 9 had 3 rooms and 4 windows in the front. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were 15 out buildings, 3 stables, 4 cow houses, a piggery, 5 barns, a potato house and a forge. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 47 people in the townland at that time, 21 males and 26 females of which 4 males and 6 females were Protestant and the rest were Catholic. The enumerator for the area was Const. Thomas O’Grady.

 

Heanue                                    (additional surname: Duane)

The widow Mary (56) was the head of this household and also in the house at that time was a visitor, Barbara Duane (50). They were bothl born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English, but neither could read. Mary was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a barn and a forge. The landholder was Mary Heanue.

 

Toole

There were 4 members of this family and the head of the family was Joseph (65) and he was married to Maggie (60) and they lived in the house with 2 of their children, Pat (22) and Katie (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph and Maggie could speak both Irish and English and all, apart from Maggie, could read and write. Joseph was a farmer, Pat was a farmer’s son and Katie was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Joseph Toole.

 

Burke                          (additional surname: Rabbit)

The widow Anne (60) was the head of this household and also in the house at the time of this census was a visitor, Mary Rabbit (70), also a widow. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English, but neither of them could read. Anne was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Anne Burke.

 

Coyne

The only occupant of house 4 was the widower, Patrick (81). He was born in Co. Galway and was listed as being a Roman Catholic. He was a farmer, could not read and spoke Irish and English.  The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Pat Coyne.

 

Toole

House 5 was home to the Toole family and the head of this family was John (62) and he was married to Mary (55) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, Martin (28), Mary (24), Festy (22) and Ellen (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all, apart from Mary (55), could read and write. John was a farmer, Mary (55) was a farmer’s wife, Martin and Festy were farmer’s sons and Mary (55) and Ellen were farmer’s daughters. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable. The landholder was John Toole.

 

Burke                          (additional surname: Connolly)

The head of the household in house 6 was Pat (60) and he was married to Agnes (60) and they shared the house with 2 of their daughters, Celia (21), Agnes (16), their son-in-law, Pat Connolly (36) and granddaughter, Mary (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic with the exception of young Mary, who was born in Boston, America. Pat (60), Agnes (60) and Pat (36) all spoke both Irish and English and Agnes (60), Celia and Agnes (16) could all read and write. Pat was a farmer, Celia and Agnes (16) were farmer’s daughters and Pat (36) was also 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 Pat Burke.

 

McLoughlin

There were 9 members of this family and the head of the household was John (50) who was married to Mary (40) and they lived in the house with 7 of their children, Patrick Joseph (22), Peter (20), Daniel (16), Denis (14), Mary (11), John (9) and Honor (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (50) and Mary (40) could speak both Irish and English and the children spoke only English. They were all listed as being able to read and write. John (50) was listed as being a farmer, Patrick Joseph, Peter and Daniel were farmer labourers and Denis, Mary (11), John an Honor were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Cloherty

Thomas (50) was the head of this family in house 8 and he lived in the house with his wife Bridget (47), and their children, Bridget (21), Joseph (18), Patrick (17), Sarah (11) and Margaret (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Thomas and Bridget (47) could speak both Irish and English and there was nothing entered for the children. Joseph could not read, Margaret could read only and the others could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Bridget (21) was a farmer’s daughter, Joseph was a farmer’s son, Patrick was a post carrier and Sarah and Margaret were scholars.  The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a piggery. The landholder was Thomas Cloherty.

 

Smith

House 9.1 was part of the coast guard station and the head of this family was George (see form H of house 9.2 below). His wife, was Mary Anne (48) and they shared the house with their daughter, Ethel Mary (19). They were members of the Church of England and were born in England. They could both read and write and Mary Anne was a dressmaker. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Form H of house 9.2 (Coast guard station)

(Surnames: Smith, Chantry, Constable, Davis, Ingram, Murphy and Wood)

Form H provides the details of the members of the coast guard stationed in Moorneen.

George Smith (48) was the chief boatman in charge. He was a member of the Church of England, could read and write and was a merchant seaman before joining H.M. Coastguard. Thomas Ingram (43) was a commissioned boatman. He was a member of the Church of England, could read and write and was an errand boy before joining H.M. Coastguard. Patrick Murphy (46) was a commissioned boatman and was a Roman Catholic and born in England. Before joining the coastguard, he was an errand boy. George Constable (36) was a commissioned boatman and was a member of the Church of England. He could read and write and was a butcher before joining the coastguard. Alfred Wood (29) was a boatman and was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. He could read and write and was an errand boy before joining H.M. Coastguard. James Wood (30) was a boatman and born in England and was a moulder before joining the coastguard. William Davis (29) was a boatman and was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. He could read and write and was an errand boy before joining and Albert E. Chantry (34) was also a boatman, a member of the Church of England and born in England. He was a boy writer before joining up.

 

All these members were married. (see individual families below)

 

Ingram

The head of this family was Thomas (see Form H house 9.2 above)

Thomas’ wife was Helen E. (38) and they lived in the house with three of their children, Hubert V. (12), Georgina M. (8) and Margaret E. (6). Helen E. was born in England and was a member of the Church of England and the children were all Church of Ireland with Hubert V. and Georgina M. being born in Co. Kerry and Margaret E. being born in Co. Donegal. They could all read and write and the 3 children were all scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Wood

The head of this family was James (see Form H house 9.2 above)

James’ wife was Clara (30) and they were the only occupants of house 11. Clara was born in England and was Church of England. She could read and write. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Constable

The head of this family was George (see Form H house 9.2 above)

George’s wife was Sarah (37) and she was born in England and a member of the Church of England. She could read and write. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Davis                                       (additional surname: Child)

The head of this family was William (see Form H house 9.2 above)

William’s wife was Eliza (31) and they lived in the house with 2 step children, Albert Child (10) and Ellen Child (6) and their daughter Annie (1). They were all members of the Church of England and born in England. With the exception of baby Annie, they could all read and write. Albert and Ellen were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Murphy

The head of this family was Patrick (see Form H house 9.2 above)

Patrick’s wife was Amanda (30) and they lived in the house with 2 of their children, Kathleen (7) and Cornelius (5). They were all born in England and Amanda and Kathleen were Church of Ireland and Cornelius was a Roman Catholic. Amanda could read and write and the children could read only and were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

 

Chantry

The head of this family was Albert E. (see Form H house 9.2 above)

Albert’s wife was Edith K. (32) and they had 3 children, Edith D. (6), Gertrude (3) and Albert C. (1). They were all Church of England with Gertrude being born in Malta and the rest being born in England. Edith K. and Edith D. could both read and write. Edith D. and Gertrude were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Wood                                      (additional surname: Dovey)

The head of this family was Alfred (see Form H house 9.2 above)

Alfred’s wife was Emma J. (32) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, William C. (11), who was a step son, and Emma J. (7). All were Church of England and born in England. They could all read and write and the children were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John McLoughlin.

 

Clisham

The head of the last family in Moorneen was Matt (54) and he was married to Bridget (50) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children, Thomas (13), James (11), Bridget (12), John (6), Patrick (4) and Matt (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Matt (54), Bridget (50), Thomas and James could speak both Irish and English but only James and John could read and write. Matt (54) was a herd and James and John were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Sam Freyer (?).

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Moorneen

The main immediate lessor in the townland of Moorneen was the Rev. Sir Christopher R. Lighton, Bart. Samuel Freyer leased 17 acres, 1 rood and 30 perches of land from him for £9 annually, the Rev. William Kennedy a house, offices and a garden of 3 roods from Samuel Freyer for 15s for the land and £1 10s for the buildings. The Rev. Sir Christopher R. Lighton, Bart. leased 6 tenements on 25 acres, 1 rood and 23 perches of land to the following: Susan Sullivan paid £1 5s for land, Patrick Conneely, Thomas Cloherty, John Halloran and Anne Halloran each paid £1 5s for land and 5s for houses and John Cloherty paid £1 5s for land.

 

Coast Guard a house and offices on 1 acre and 1 rood of land from Rev. Sir Christopher R. Lighton, Bart. £1 5s for the land and £12 15s for the buildings. John cloherty [sic] leased a house on 13 acres, 2 roods and 30 perches of land for £4 5s for the land and 10s for the buildings, John McCloughlin [sic] leased a house and offices on 15 acres, 3 roods and 38 perches of land for £5 5s for land and 10s for buildings and Peter Cloherty leased a house for 5s.

 

The Rev. Sir Christopher R. Lighton, Bart. leased 3 tenements on 14acres and 23 perches of land

to Anne Roche, Peter Cloherty and Patrick Lacey for £1 10s each. Patrick Burke and John Toole jointly leased Houses and offices on 14 acres, 3 roods and 37 perches of land for which Patrick paid £2 for his share of the land and 10s for a house and office and John paid £2 for land and 7s for a house. William Horne and John Heany [sic] leased houses and office for £1 10s for the land and £1 10s for the buildings each. Patrick Coyne, Patrick Heany [sic]and Thomas Lacey jointly leased houses on 14 acres and 34 perches of land for which Patrick Coyne paid £1 12s for land and 8s for a house and Patrick Heany and Thomas Lacey paid £1 for land and 5s for houses. Anne Roche and Patrick Lacey for 5s each. The Rev. Sir Christopher R. Lighton, Bart. owned 143 acres, 3 roods and 18 perches of land that had an annual ratable valuation of £3 15s. There were also 1acre, 2 roods and 26 perches of water in the townland. There was an exemption for the Coastguard station of £1 5s for the land and £12 15s for the buildings.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for Moorneen

The 1670 Down Survey names for this area were Morninge and Salleroth. The 1641 owner was Murrogh Obodie  O’Flaherty and in in 1670 the owner was James Darcy, both were Catholics.

 

[i] Possibly Eleanor?

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