Standard Name: Toberconnelly
Irish Forms: Tobar Con Eillidhe; Tobar Con Eilí
Translation: O’Donovan Field Name Book translation is ‘Connelly’s Well’ – Tobar being a well in Irish.
Other Forms of Name: Tobar Con Eillidhe, Tobar Con Eildhe, Tubberconnolly
Toberconnelly is situated in the Barony of Athenry, one mile South of Athenry town bounded on the North by Boyhill, West and South and East by Bottom.
Records from this source (1860’s) list Toberconnelly as the property of Lord Oranmore, containing 21¼ statute acres, all arable. It is intersected by a crossroad from Rahard to Athenry
The townlands that share a border with Toberconnelly are:
The map of this Barony was destroyed in 1711. No copies have, so far, come to light.
The Down Survey Name is Tubberskyne. The pre-Cromwell Owner was James Bodkin FitzArthur (Protestant) and the post-Cromwell Owner was Sir Thomas Newcomen (Protestant)
The Tithe Applotment Book (Rental Applotment Valuation) has no entry for Toberconnelly.
Griffith’s Valuation (1855) records 3 occupiers as:
Burton Persse held 4 Acres 0 Roods and 33 Perches. Burton Perrse held this “in Fee”. (“In Fee” were freehold tenures, derived from a grant from the Crown).
Patrick Davock held 2 Acres 0 Roods and 22 Perches with annual rateable valuation of £1. 0 shillings. House and out-office amounted to 10s. Michael Nolan was the Immediate Lessor.
Michael Nolan held 14 Acres 3 Roods and 33 Perches with annual rateable valuation of £5. 0 shillings. House and out-office amounted to £1.0s. Burton Persse was the Immediate Lessor.
That gave a total of 21 Acres 1 Rood and 8 Perches with total annual valuation of rateable property £9.5s. 0d for the land and buildings.
Currency then was pounds, shillings and pence £ s d
The “Description of Tenament” was the recording method and included land and all properties such as out offices and houses.
In 1901 one house is recorded, inhabited by one male person. Sgt. M. Davis was the Census enumerator. Census night was 31st March 1901, and the form was collected on 9th April 1901.
Nolan’s Peter Nolan is Head of family. Aged 35 he was a farmer, unmarried, a Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway. He is recorded as able to read and write and spoke Irish and English. His house, a private dwelling was built on his own land and had walls that were made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the dwelling was made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material. It had 3 front windows and 2 rooms were occupied. It was deemed a second class house. There were no Out-offices/farm steadings recorded.
In 1911 one house is recorded. It was inhabited. 6 people resided in Toberconnelly, 1 male and 5 females. Constable John Carroll was the Census enumerator. The census night was Sunday 2nd April 1911, and the forms were collected on April 13th, 1911. The Head of the Household was Peter Nolan.
Nolan’s Peter Nolan is Head of family. Aged 46, he was a farmer, married, a Roman Catholic, and born in Co. Galway. He is recorded as being unable to read. He spoke Irish and English. In the house on census night were his wife of 6 years Norah Nolan (30) and his 3 daughters Mary (5), Margaret (3), Delia (1). Mary was a scholar but couldn’t yet read. Three children were born alive and three still living. Bridget Kearney (70), unmarried, a lodger was also present. She could not read or write. All were born in Co. Galway, and all were Roman Catholics. His house, a private dwelling was built on his own land and had walls which were made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the dwelling was made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material. It had 3 front windows, and 3 rooms were occupied. It was deemed a second-class house. There were 3 out-offices/farm steadings – cow house, piggery and a shed.