Civil Parish of Kilcolgan

Niamh Broderick, University of Galway/Galway County Heritage Office

Ballyculloo Townland


Ballyculloo is a townland, located in the civil parish of Kilcolgan, and the Barony of Dunkellin.

The standard name for the townland is Ballyculloo, with the Irish form of the name being Baile Chollú, which translates to ‘town of the barrin,’. Other historical forms of the name may include Baile Colu, Ballyhollow, when referring to A.T. St George, Ballycallore, in the Cartron County Book and Ballycullu, when referring to J.O’Hara, who was the clerk of peace.

The proprietor of this townland was Morris Blake, and the Agent was Anthony Blake. The townland was held by one tenant at a cost of 11 shillings per acre, with no tenure.

This townland is bounded on the North and East by Carraghadhn, on the South by the Parish of Killeenevara and on the west by Frenchpark. A list of townlands that share a border with Ballyculloo consists of:




Kaimsellagh West


Griffith’s Valuation

The aim of Griffith’s valuation was to produce a uniform guide to the relative value of land through Ireland, in order to decide how to pay out the Poor rate.

Griffiths Valuation has recorded of this townland was composed of 131 Acres, 0 Reeds and 39 Perches.

The land value at the time would have been £30.0s.0d

The currency measures at the time was in the form of Pounds, Shillings, Pence (£.s.d)

John Broderick was the sole tenant in Ballyculloo, owning a house, offices and land, that had an overall value of £30.0s.0d. He also owned another tenement of water, with no monetary value recorded. He rented this land off of Michael L. Blake.

  1. John Broderick – A house, offices and land – £30.0s.0d


1901 Census

The 1901 census for Ballyculloo indicates that were was only one recorded household in the townland, and a population of 6, 3 females and 3 males. 4 out offices were also recorded in the census.

House 1 – Murphy – 6 people occupied this house, all members of the Murphy family. Michael Murphy was the head of the family, who was 65 years old, and employed as a herd. He was married to his wife Celia (60), and lived with her and their 4 children. From eldest to youngest, their children were Pat (29), Mary (27), Michael (24) and Catherine (21). All of the children were listed as either the Herd’s Son or daughter on the census. The parents in the house were unable to read, but all of the children could read and write. They were all able to speak Irish and English. Their private dwelling had 4 out offices, which were: a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. They occupied 4 rooms in their house, which was deemed as 2nd class on the census.


1911 Census

House 1 – Murphy –  There were 9 people residing in this house on the night of the census. The head of the family was Michael Murphy, a 72 year old farmer. He lived in this house alongside his family, and his wife Celia (74). They had been married for 48 years, and had 9 children, all of whom were still living. They lived together with 3 of these 9 children. Patrick Murphy was their eldest child, aged 46, and listed as the Farmer’s Son. He was married to his wife Bridget (35), and had been for 4 years at the time of the census. They had 2 children, both of whom were still alive, Edward (3) and Martin (2). The head of the family’s two other children were Michael (32), and Catherine Murphy (30). The last resident of the house was the head of family’s grandson, Michael Toole, who was 5 years old. Everyone in this household was born in County Galway, with all the adults being able to speak Irish and English. They lived in a private dwelling, which included 6 out offices. These were listed as: a stable, coach house, cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn.  The family occupied 5 rooms in the house, and it was deemed 2nd class.

This page was added on 18/05/2023.

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