Sturrakeen

An Storraicín

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

The Omey Strand crossing to Claddaghduff from Sturrakeen at low tide
Roger Harrison

Townland:                                Sturrakeen

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Sillerna

Area:                                         98.38 acres / 98 acres, 1 rood, 21 perches

 

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

Map

Galway Library for Sturrakeen

Logainm for Sturrakeen

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Sturrakeen

 

1911 Census for Sturrakeen

Overview of Sturrakeen in 1911

There were 9 houses in the townland of Sturrakeen and 8 were occupied with house 4 being empty but the landholder was Mary Mulkerrin. The occupied houses were all built of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 1 had a slate, iron or tiled roof while all the others only had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 1 and 9 were 2nd class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class. House 3 had 1 room and 1 window, house 6 had 2 rooms and no window, houses 2, 5 and 8 all had 2 rooms and 1 window, house 7 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, house 9 had 3 rooms and 3 windows and house 1 had 6 rooms and 5 windows. There were 22 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of 3 stables, 1 coach house, 4 cow houses, 1 calf house, 5 piggeries, 2 fowl houses, 1 barn, 4 potato houses and 1 store. There were 37 people lived in Sturrakeen, 21 males and 16 females. The enumerator was Sergeant Andrew Young.

 

Kearney                                  (additional surnames: Bolger, Trully [sic], Conneely and King)

Richard (68) was the head of the first family and he had been married to Marcella (70) for 38 years and they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. They shared the house with their son, Henry (28), their grandson, Richard Bolger (3) and 3 servants, Thomas Trully [sic] (22), Sarah Conneely (23) and Patrick King (45). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Richard (68), Marcella and Patrick spoke Irish and English. Richard (3), Sarah and Patrick could not read and the others could all read and write. Richard (68) was a farmer and Justice of the Peace, Henry and Richard (3) were farmer’s sons, Thomas and Patrick were farm servants and Sarah was a general servant domestic. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 6 rooms and they also had a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a potato house and a store. The landholder was Richard Kearney Esq. J.P.

 

Molloy

The only occupant of house 2 was Mary Anne (39), who was single. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke Irish and English, could read and write and her occupation was a national school teacher. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Richard Kearney Esq. J.P.

 

Mulkerrin                                            (additional surname: King)

The head of this family was Mary (37) and she had been married for 7 years and had had 5 children. There was no mention for her husband in this entry. Those 5 children also lived in the house and they were, Mary Margaret (6), Michael (5), Festus (4), Norah (3) and Bridget (1) and also in the house at that time was a boarder, Mary King (74), a widow. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary Mulkerrin and Mary King could both speak Irish and English. Mary Margaret could read only and Mary (37) could read and write but the others could not read. All the children were listed as being scholars and Mary King was a farmer’s wife. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and they also had a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a potato house. The landholder was Mary Mulkerrin

 

House 4 was unoccupied

 

King

The widower, Patrick (77) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his son, Patrick (33). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but only Patrick (33) was able to read and write. Patrick (77) was a farmer and Patrick (33) was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a piggery. The landholder was Patrick King.

 

King

The head of this household was Michael (30) and he was single and lived with his sister, Sabina (27). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English. Sabina could read and write, while Michael could only read. Michael was a farmer and Sabina was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a piggery. The landholder was Michael King.

 

Mongan

There were 8 members of this family and Thomas (55) was the head of that family and he had been married to Honor (60) for 29 years and in that time they had had 9 children and all of those children had survived. They shared the house with 6 of those children and they were, Patrick (26), Thomas (19), Michael (17), Peter (15), Honor (13) and James (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Thomas (55) was a farmer, Patrick, Thomas (19), Michael and Peter were farmer’s sons and Honor and James were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house and a potato house. The landholder was Thomas Mongan.

 

Connelly

The widow, Norah (73) was the head of this family and she had been married for 54 years and had had 8 children with only 5 of those surviving. She shared the house with her Daughter, Ellen (44). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Norah was a farmer and Ellen was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they also had a stable. The landholder was Norah Connelly.

 

Lydon

The head of the last family in Sturrakeen was John (62) and had been married to Ellen (54) for 33 years and during that time they had had 10 children and 9 of those had survived. They lived in the house with 6 of those children, Martin (32), Bridget (25), John (18), Peter (16), Maggie (14) and Mc Darra (9). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (62), Ellen, Martin, Bridget and Maggie all spoke both Irish and English. All the family, apart from Ellen, could read and write. John (62) was a farmer, Martin, John (18) and Peter were farmer’s sons, Bridget and Maggie were farmer’s daughters and Mc Darra was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they also had a cow house, a piggery and a potato house. The landholder was John Lydon.

 

1901 Census for Sturrakeen

Overview of Sturrakeen in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were 12 houses in the townland and all were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. They were all 3rd class dwellings. Houses 6, 11 and 12 had 1 room and 1 window, houses 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 10 had 2 rooms and 1 window and houses 3, 7 and 9 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front. There were a total of 14 out buildings, a stable, a coach house, 5 cow houses, a piggery, 3 barns, 2 potato houses and a shed. There were 56 people in the townland at that time, 26 males and 30 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Peter Hunt.

 

Mongan

Thomas (40) was the head of the first family in Sturrakeen and he was married to Honor (40). They lived in the house with 5 of their children, Thomas (8), Michael (5), Peter (4), Mary (12) and Ellen (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (40), Honor, Mary and Ellen spoke Irish and English but only Thomas (8), Mary and Ellen could read and write. Thomas (40) was a farmer, Ellen was a farmer’s daughter and Thomas (8) and Mary were scholars. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Thomas Mongan.

 

King

Thomas (66) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (56) and they shared the house with their son Michael (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Thomas was a farmer, Mary was a housekeeper and Michael was a farmer’s son. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Tom King.

 

King

The widower, Patrick (68) was listed as the head of the family in house 3 and he lived with his widowed sister, Mary (99) and his son Patrick (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of them could read. Patrick (68) was a farmer, Mary was a housekeeper and Patrick (19) was a farmer’s son. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Pat King.

 

King

Festy (71) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his wife, Mary (63). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Festy was listed as being a farmer. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Festy King.

 

Mongan                                               (additional surname: Cloonan)

The head of this family was Pat (29) and he was married to Bridget (30) and they lived in the house with 3 of their daughters, Mary (3), Ellen (2) and Catherin (6mths) and also a mother, Mary Cloonan (62). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Ellen and Catherin, all of the family could speak both Irish and English. Only Pat and Mary (62) could read and write. Pat was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a potato house. The landholder was Pat Mongan.

 

Conneely

Thomas (60) was the head of this family and he was married to Honoria (56) and they shared the house with their son, Martin (30) and their daughter, Ellen (25). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Ellen could read only. Thomas was a farmer, Honoria was a housekeeper, Martin was a farmer’s son and Ellen was a farmer’s daughter. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and they had a potato house. The landholder was Tom Conneely.

 

Walsh

There were only 2 people in house 7 and Peter (65) was the head of the family and he was married to Honor (46). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Peter was a farmer and Honor was a housekeeper. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Peter Walsh.

 

King

Michael (70) was the head of this King family and he was married to Mary (60) and they lived in the house with 3 of their children, Martin (32), Norah (31) and Festus (22) and a granddaughter, Mary (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic with the exception of baby Mary, who was born in America. Apart from Mary, all of the family could speak both Irish and English but only the children could read and write. Michael was a farmer, Martin and Festus were farmer’s sons and Norah was a farmer’s daughter. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Michael King.

 

Kearney                                              (additional surnames: Bodkin and King)

Richard (55) was the head of this family and he was married to Marcella (56) and they lived with 3 of their children, Marcella (24), Henry (22) and Anna (18). Also in the house at that time were their granddaughter, Mary Margret Bodkin (10) and a servant, Sabina King (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Richard and Marcella (56) spoke Irish and English and the others all spoke only English. With the exception of Sabina, they could all read and write. Richard was a farmer and landlord, Marcella (24) and Anna were farmer’s daughters, Henry was a farmer’s son, Sabina was a general servant and Mary Margret was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Richard Kearney.

 

Lydon

John (35) was the head of the family in house 10 and he was married to Honor (34) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Mary (8), Michael (6), Maggey (2) and Anne (1mth). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, except for Maggey, who was born in Scotland. John, Honor and Mary spoke Irish and English but none of the family could read. John was a farmer and Mary and Michael were scholars. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was John Lydon Pat.

 

Lydon

There were 10 members of the Lydon family in house 11 and John (43) and he was married to Ellen (35) and they lived in the house with 8 of their children, Martin (20), Bridget (18), Thomas (16), Michael (14), John (12), Peter (10), Mary (8) and Marget [sic] (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Peter, Mary and Marget [sic], all of the family could speak both Irish and English. Ellen and Marget [sic] could not read, John (43) could read only and all the others could read and write. John (43) was a carpenter and Farmer, Ellen was a housekeeper, Martin was a farmer’s son, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter and the other children were all scholars. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and they also had a barn. The landholder was John Lydon.

 

Molloy

The sole occupant of the last house in Sturrakeen was Delia (29) and she was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She was a national school teacher, could read and write and spoke both Irish and English. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was Richard Kearney.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Sturrakeen

Winifred Coyne – Application No. C/16 4359, Ref No. Cen S/11/438. The application was received on 26th July 1916 with an address at that time of The Secy [sic] L.G.B. Edinburgh. Winifred’s parent’s names were Michael and Barbara Coyne (Lacey). The address’given for the 1851 search were Cartoorbeg, Cloon, Gooreen, Gooreenatinny and Sturrakeen (all on Omey Island) in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 28th July 1916 with the note “Not found”.

 

Festus Walsh – Application No. C/20 10634, Ref. No. Cen S/11/439. The application was received on 4th Dec 1920 with an address of Pollaugh, Keel, Westport. Festus’ parents were Tom and Bridget Walsh of Welsh (Pole). The address’given for the 1851 search were Cartoorbeg, Cloon, Gooreen, Gooreenatinny and Sturrakeen (all on Omey Island) in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 7th Dec 1920 with the notes saying “Thos and Biddy Walsh married 1836. No return for Festus” Festus was awarded a 2s pension.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Sturrakeen

James King leased a house on 13 acres, 1 rood and 20 perches of land from Walter F. Bodkin for £4 13s for the land and 7s for the house and Walter F. Bodkin leased a house and offices on 50 acres, 3 roods and 20 perches of land from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Co. for £1 for the land and £1 10s for the buildings. Walter F. Bodkin then, in turn leased 10 tenements on that land to the following: John Walsh paid £1 10s for land and 7s for a house, Michael Bodkin paid £1 8s for land and 7s for a house, John Stuffle [sic] paid £1 7s for land and 5s for a house, Thomas Walsh paid £2 for land and 7s for a house and Thomas Toole paid £2 for land and 5s for a house. Thomas Nee paid £1 8s for land and 5s for a house, Patrick Whelan paid £1 7s for land and 5s for a house, Patrick Davis paid £1 for land and 5s for a house, William Stuffle [sic] paid £2 2s for land and 6s for a house and William Flynn paid £1 8s for land and 5s for a house. There were also 20 acres, 3 roods and 24 perches of water in the townland.

 

1670 Down Survey for Sturrakeen

The 1670 Down Survey names for this area were Towerskehin & Loghanna. The owner in 1641 (pre Cromwell) was Edmund O’Flaharty [sic], a Catholic and in 1670 the owner was Thomas Cunny, a Protestant.

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