Civil Parish of Kilcolgan

Niamh Broderick, University of Galway, Galway County Heritage Office

Caranavoodaun Townland


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

Its standard name is Caranvoodaun, and the Irish form of the name is Carán a bhudán, which translates to rock land or hook, carn of Bodan. Other forms of the name include the Barony of Kiltartan, Carnanvudon, when referring to the clerk of the peace for the town of Galway, Cornane and Bodane in the half quarter County Book and Carnanawoda on the County Map.

Caranavoodaun has been described as having a turlough pasture to the northern boundary, Carnanavudaun village, which is located to the west of the boundary.

This townland is situated to the east of the parish, being bounded on the north by Killeely parish, on the east and the south by Ardrahan Parish and on the west by Kiltiarnan East townland.

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 102 Acres, 0 Reeds and 14 Perches.

The land value at the time would have been £36.5s.0d

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

There were 12 separate landholdings in this townland, all of which were rented out by Rev. Henry Morgan. He occupied the first two landholding himself, owning 2 plantations.

  1. Rep. Rev Henry Morgan – Plantation – £0.5s.0d
  2. Rep. Rev Henry Morgan – Plantation – £1.10s.0d
  3. Jeremiah Kinneen – A house and land – £2.5s.0d

4a. Patrick Kinneen – A house, office and land – £7.0s.0d

4b. Philip Ward – A house and garden – £0.10s.0d

The fifth landholding was subdivided and rented by three people.

  1. Patrick Kinneen – Land – £3.10s.0d

Owen Quirk – Land – £3.10s.0d

Philip Ward – Land – £1.15s.0d

Landholding 6, 7 and 8 were all rented by Owen Quirk, totallikng a value of £11.0s.0d

  1. Owen Quirk – Land – £0.5s.0d
  2. Owen Quirk – Land – £9.0s.0d
  3. Owen Quirk – Land – £1.15s.0d

Landholdings 9-12 were all rented by Philip Ward, and totalled a value of £5.0s.0d

  1. Philip Ward – Land – £1.5s.0d
  2. Philip Ward – Land – £1.5s.0d
  3. Philip Ward – Land – £0.10s.0d
  4. Philip Ward – £2.0s.0d


1901 Census

There was one household recorded on the 1901 census, which totalled a population of 4, all males. There was also only inhabited house in this townland, which had 6 recorded out offices.

House 1 – Quirke – There were 4 people living in this household, all members of the Quirke family. Owen Quirke was a 63 year old farmer, and lived in this house with his 3 brothers. His brothers were named Mathias (50), John (49) and Michael Quirke (64). They were all listed as farm labourers. None of the household was able to read, but they could all speak Irish and English. The house they resided in had 6 recorded out offices, which were listed as; a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. They occupied 3 rooms in their house which was deemed 3rd class.

1911 Census

Two households were recorded on the 1911 census. There was a total population of 9 residents in this townland, 4 males and 5 females. 4 out offices were also recorded.

House 1 – Quirke – On the night of the census, 2 people were recorded as living in this house. Mathias Quirke was the head of the family, aged 95 and employed as a farmer. He lived in this house with 80 year old John Quirke, who had no listed occupation. Both of the residents could read and write, as well as being able to speak Irish and English. The house they were living in had 4 recorded out offices, which were: a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. The house had stone-type walls and 1 front window, and it was deemed 3rd class on the census.

House 2 – Meehan – There were 7 people living in this house, all members of the Meehan family. Mary Meehan was the head of the family, a 55 year old farmer. She was a widow living with her 6 children. Her eldest child was Pat Meehan, who was 2 and employed as a farm servant. Margaret Meehan was her eldest daughter, aged 23 with no listed occupation. Norah Meehan was aged 18, and listed as a teacher at the national school. Celia Meehan was 14 with no listed occupation. Her youngest children were Winifred and Corhelius Meehan, ages 13 and 9, both listed as scholars. All of the family were born in County Galway, and they were all able to read and write. They lived together, occupying 6 rooms in their 2nd class house.


This page was added on 18/05/2023.

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