Civil Parish of Kilcolgan

Niamh Broderick, University of Galway, Galway County Heritage Office

Kilcolgan Townland


Kilcolgan is a townland located in the Civil Parish of Kilcolgan, in the Barony of Dunkellin.

Its standard name is Kilcolgan, with the Irish form of the name being Cill Cholgain, which translates to St. Colgan’s Church. Other forms of the name include Kilcolan in the County Book and Killcolgan, when referring to Inq. Temp. Eliz.

Kilcolgan was the home of A.F. St George’s residence, Kilcolgan Castle, which was on the banks of Kilcolgan River, with gardens and plantations adjoining at the riverside. The proprietor was A.F. St George and the Agent was W. Griffith. The townland was rented to 24 tenants under a lease of £1.10s.0d per acre. The soil was light, producing oats and potatoes but was poor for grazing.

Kilcolgan is situated at the north of the parish, being bounded on the North by the Parish of Stradbally, on the east by Kilcolgan Parish, on the south by townland Newtown Kilcolgan and on the west by Killeennwinterlaan North and Roighmore.

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 232 Acres, 1 Rood and 9 Perches.

The land value at the time would have been £197.0s.0d, and £191.0s.0d exclusive of the exemptions, which in this case were a graveyard and a church and yard.

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

There were 8 separate landholders found in the townland of Kilcolgan, rented out by various members of the St George family.

  1. Edmond Staunton – Land – (amount increased due to re-claimed land) -£11.10s.0d
  2. Matthew St George – A house, offices and land – £36.0s.0d

Plot 3 was subdivided into 2 portions, both rented by Matthew St. George, however one plot was land and the other a graveyard.

  1. Thomas A. Lambert – Land – £32.0s.0d

3a. No owner – Graveyard – no value

  1. Matthew Concannon – Herd’s house, office and land – £86.10s.0d

Christopher St George is the owner of Plot 5 and Plot 6, but shares a portion with fellow occupier John Grealy. Plot 5 A and B are both segments of a plantation, whilst Plot 6 is a pound alongside a house, offices and land.

5A. Christopher St George – Plantation – £1.15s.0d

5B. Christopher St George – Plantation – £2.5s.0d

Combined land value – £4.0s.0d

6a. John Grealy – A house, offices and land – £17.10s.0d

  • Pound – £0.10s.0d

6b. No owner – Church and yard – £6.0s.0d

6c. Martin Kellihar – Garden – £0.5s.0d

  1. Martin Kellihar – Garden – £0.5s.0d
  2. Rev. James F. Morap – Land – £0.15s.0d



1901 Census

In the 1901 census, there was only one house listed on the 1901 census, totalling a population of 3 people, 1 male and 2 females. 1 out office was also recorded, a shed.

House 1 – Greely – There were 3 people occupying this household, the Greely family. Mary Greely was the head of the family, a 45 year old working as a herd. She was a widow and lived in the house with her two children. Her daughter was named Anna Maria (19), and listed on the census as a scholar. Her son was called Redmond (18) and working as a rural postman. The head of the family spoke Irish and English, but her children only spoke English. Their house was on the land of Hanoria George, and they occupied 2 rooms. It was deemed 3rd class.


1911 Census

In the 1911 census, there was 1 occupied residence listed, with two unoccupied buildings. One of these buildings is recorded as the Kilcolgan Church of Ireland. There was a total population of 6 people in Kilcolgan, all from the one household. 11 out offices were also recorded.

House 1 – St George – Matilda St George was the head of this house. She was 60 year old and is written to have ‘absolutely none’ in the occupation column. She was originally from County Kildare. Living with her were her two nieces, Mary (29) and Norah (22) Joyce, who had no listed occupations. She also had a grand-niece named Maureen Dyas, who was aged 8. The family employed 2 servants, Delia Dillon (34), a domestic servant and John Kelly (75), a farm servant. Their house had 11 out offices, which were as follows: 3 stables, a coach house, a harness house, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and laundry. Their private dwelling had a tiled roof and brick walls, as well as 9 front windows. The family occupied 11 rooms in the house, and it was deemed 1st class.

There was a second building, which was unoccupied and owned by Matilda St George.

The third building was the Kilcolgan Church of Ireland, owned by Richard St George.

This page was added on 23/05/2023.

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