Derrymaclaughna

Civil Parish of Athenry

India Costello/Heritage Office Galway County Council

Derrymaclaughna

Doire Mhic Lachna, wood, grove, thicket

In the Barony of Clare and within a mile of the Northern extremity of the Parish of Lackagh: – Bounded on the North by Barnaboy, East by Parkgrave , South by Garraun and Monard, and West by Ballyglass townland.

The Down Survey Map provides no record of this townland.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books provides various spellings of this townland Derrymaclaughna
Doire Mic Lachtna, Derramachlogh, Derremaclaghna, Derrymacloughna, Derrymacloighney, Derrymacloughney, Dery Mc Cloughna, Derrymaclaghney, Derry Mc Laghline, Derrymaclaghnan, Derry Mc Loughlin, Derrymacloughlan, Derrymacloughney, Dermachloughney, Derrymacloughny
and Derry Mc Cloughone. This source also states that the property of the family of Burke. There is an old church and an old castle, C. chapel situated near the South side of the townland. The above-named Proprietor’s Progenitors built 25 castles in this County. The Castles of Lackaghmore, Derrymacloughnan and Carnoneen are among the numbers they have possessed of this property these 200 years:- Derrymacloughlan has a ruin of castle in good order – a ruin of a mansion house and Chapel.

The tithe applotment books and Griffith’s valuation provides no record for this townland.

1901 Census

There were 7 dwellings in Derrymaclaughna in 1901. There were 6 private dwellings and 1 RIC Barracks. There was a population of 42 people, 26 males and 16 females. All occupants were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway apart from Bridget Thomas Brady and those in the RIC Barracks. The walls of each dwelling were made from stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of each dwelling was made from slate, iron, tile, thatch, wood, or some other perishable material. There were 27 farm buildings altogether. The census was collected on the 4th of April. The head of each household was a follows Thomas Murphy, Patrick Costello, John Joyce, Penelope Langan, Thomas Greany, John Joseph Fallon, and the RIC Barracks.

Thomas Murphy (72) was a widowed shepherd. He lived with his 2 children John (32) and Winnie (28) who were also farmers. Thomas could not read but John and Winnie could read and write. All occupants could speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Thomas owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Patrick Costello (70) was a farmer married to Bridget (50). They lived with their 3 children Bridget (19), Myles (15) and Martin (12). Bridget and Myles were farmers and Martin was a scholar. The children could all read and write but Patrick and Bridget could not. All members of the household could speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Patrick Costello owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 barn.

John Joyce (63) was a farmer married to Mary (64). They lived with their son Thady (36) and daughter in law Ellen (25). They also lived with their grandson John (9 months). The also lived with their 2 daughters Julia (24) and Anne (27). All occupants could read and write apart from Thady and baby John. All members  of the household could speak Irish and English apart from baby John. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. John Joyce owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 dairy and 1 piggery.

Penelope Langan (68) was a widowed farmers wife. She lived with her 2 sons James (28) and Daniel (26). James was a shoemaker and Daniel was a farmer’s son. Penelope and James could read. Daniel could read and write. All occupants could speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Colonel Close owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 fowl house.

Thomas Greany (48) was a farmer married to Bridget (46). They lived with his brother Walter (43) who was also a farmer. They also lived with their 3 children Patrick (11), Winifred (9) and James (6) who were all scholars. All residents could speak Irish and English and read and write apart from James who could read only. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Thomas owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

John Joseph Fallon (28) was a farmer married to Catherine (27). They lived with their 4 children Martin (6), John Henry (4), James (2) and Annie May (9 months). Martin was a scholar. The 3 eldest members of the household could read and write. The 2 eldest members of the household could speak Irish as well as English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 5 windows in the front. John J Fallon owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed.

RIC barracks

All residents were farmers sons. They could all read and write. The barracks was a 1st class house with 4 rooms and 7 windows in the front. Colonel Close owned the land upon which the house was built along with 2 turf houses and 1 shed.

Sergeant J.L. (41) was born in Co. Limerick.

Constable T.B. (32) was born in Co. Cavan.

Constable J.F. (31) was born  in  Co. Sligo.

Constable J.M. (31) was born in Co. Sligo.

Constable P.M. R. (37) was born in Co. Galway.

Bridget Thomas Brady (24) was born in Co. Clare. She was married to Constable T.B. recorded on form H.

Bridget John (31) lived with her 5 children Kathleen M (11), John F (8), Augustine J (6), Martin D (2) and Bridget T (5 months). The 3 eldest children were scholars. The 4 eldest residents could read and write. She was married to Sergeant J.L recorded on from H.

1911 Census

There were 6 dwellings in Derrymaclaughna in 1911. They were all occupied. There was 5 private dwellings and 1 RIC Barracks. There was a population of 44 people,34 males and 10 females. All residents were Roman Catholic. The walls of each dwelling were made from stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of each dwelling was made from slate, iron, tile, thatch, wood, or some other perishable material. There were 35 farm buildings altogether. The census was collected on the 7th of April. The heads of households were as follows John Joseph Fallon, Bridget Greaney, Thomas Murphy, Myles Costelloe, John Joyce and a RIC Barracks.

John Joseph Fallon (41) was a farmer married to Catherine (40). In 1911 they had been married for 17 years, had 6 children all of whom were still living, they lived with 5 of their children Martin (16), Jim (12), Annie M (11), Thomas (6) and Winifred (3). Martin was a farmer’s son. Jim, Annie, and Thomas were all scholars. All occupants were born in Co. Galway. All members of the household could read and write apart from Thomas and Winnifred. Only John and Catherine could speak Irish as well as English. They lived in a 2nd class house along with 3 rooms and 5 windows in the front. John  owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Bridget Greaney (60) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 3 children Patrick (21), Winifred (19) and James (16). Patrick and James were farmers sons. They also lived with her brother-in-law Walter (56) who was a farm servant. All occupants could read and write and speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Bridget owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 potato house.

Thomas Murphy (86) was a widowed farmer. He lived with his son John (50) and daughter in law Mary (30). They had been married for 9 years, had 5 children 4 of whom were still living. Their 4 children also lived in the house, Patrick (6), Thomas (4), Mary (3) and John (2). All occupants were born in Co. Galway. John was a farmer’s son, Patrick and Thomas were scholars. Thomas, Mary, and John could not read, the rest of the household could read and write. All members of the household spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Thomas Murphy owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Myles Costelloe (25) was a farmer. He lived with his sister Bridget (26). They were both born in Co. Galway. They could both read and write and speak English and Irish. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. Myles owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

John Joyce (75) was a widowed farmer. He lived with his son Thady (38) and daughter in law Ellen (36). In 1911 the had been married for 11 years, had 6 children all of whom were still living. Their 6 children also lived in the household, John (10), Michael (8), Patrick (6), William (5), Thomas (3) and Peter (10 months). Thady was a farmer’s son. John (10), Michael and Patrick were all scholars. John (75), Thady, Thomas and Peter could not read but the rest of the household could read and write. The 6 eldest members of the household could speak Irish as well as English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. John owned the land upon which the house was built along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

RIC Barracks

All residents were farmers and could read and write. Only Constable P.F. could speak Irish as well as English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front. There also a fowl house, 1 turf house and 1 shed.

Sergeant M.R. (40) was born in Co. Kerry.

Constable S.M. (37) was born in Co. Kerry.

Constable J.B. (40) was born in Co. Westmeath.

Constable J.K. (33) was born in Co. Mayo.

Constable P.F. (27) was born in Co. Mayo.

Constable E.R. (23) was born in Co. Cavan.

Constable J.S. (25) was born in Co. Kilkenny.

Constable D.B. (21) was born in Co. Cavan.

Constable W.G. (23) was born in Co. Mayo.

Constable P.Q. (25) was born in Co. Kerry.

Constable J.F. (21) was born in Co. Sligo.

Michael Reidy was married to Bridget A (24). He was a sergeant and is recorded on the barracks form. In 1911 they had been married for 3 years, had 2 children all of whom were still living. They also lived with their 2 sons Maurice P (2) and Michael A (1). Bridget was born in Co. Mayo and could read and write. Maurice and Michael A were born in Co. Galway and could not read.

This page was added on 14/04/2022.

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