Gorteen

An Goirtín

Roger Harrison

Irish Grid: M 79554 29843

 

DED: Ballinasloe Rural.

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

This townland contains a. r. p. (97 acres, 0 roods and 36 perches) about 2/5 of which is bog, the remainder under cultivation. The inhabitants live poor. It is the property of James Egan, Esqr. Held by deed for ever. Pays £5.10.0 included with Grange County Cess.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)
Lies in the S. West of the parish is bounded by Ballynamockagh, Brackernagh Persse and Grange townlands in this parish and by Carhoomore in the parish of Aughrim and Barony of Kilconnel.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Gorteen.

 

 

Census of Ireland (1821- 1911)

The first full population census of Ireland was taken in 1821 and the first four Irish censuses were arranged by county, barony, civil parish and townland.

 

1821:  Only some fragments for small parts of county Galway survive. There are no records      for Kilcloony.

1831:  The only surviving records are from Counties Antrim and Derry.

1841:  There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1851:   There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1861:  Census records for 1861 and 1871 were deliberately destroyed by the government

1881:  The records for 1881 and 1891 were pulped as waster paper during the shortages of World War I.

1901:   Full Census records are available    See below.

1911:   Full Census records are available    See below.

 

1911 Census

Overview of the townland.

There was only one house in the townland of Gorteen and it was listed as a private dwelling and constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood of other perishable materials for roofing. It was a second class dwelling and had 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front. The enumerator for the area was (?) Mcdonald.

 

House 1: Mahon

The head of the only house in Gorteen was the widower, Thomas (76) and he shared the house with 2 cousins, Maria (50) and Joseph (15). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Maria spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Thomas was a farmer and Maria was a housekeeper. There had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a boiling house, a barn, a Potato house and a shed. The landholder was Thomas Mahon.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland.

There was just the one house in Gorteen in 1901 and it was a private dwelling and constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood of other perishable materials for roofing. It was a second class dwelling and had 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front. The enumerator was Const. John Tapley.

 

House 1: Mahon

The widower, Thomas (65) was the head of the only family in the townland and he shared the house with his cousin, Maria (37), a niece, Mary (15) and a nephew, Joseph (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Maria could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Joseph, they could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Maria was a housekeeper and Mary was a scholar. The landholder was Thomas Mahon.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1641-1670)

Plot 1: William Mahon had in fee (for himself) a house and offices on 92 acres and 30 perches of land that had an annual ratable valuation of £3 10s for the land and £2 for the buildings.

 

There were also 4 acres, 2 roods and 35 perches of water in the townland.

This page was added on 05/05/2022.

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