Cappaveha is situated in the north of the civil parish of Killallaghtan barony of Kilconnell, Co Galway. It is bounded by Fahy, Knocknagappagh, Hazelfort and Kellaghbeg in the said parish. It is bounded by Curraneena and Ballanderry in the parish of Kilconnell in the said barony. It lies about 3 miles west of Aughrim.
O’Donovan’s Field Name Books give 2 other spellings of this townland: Ceapa Beithe and Cappavehy.
Down Survey map gives no information on who owned this land in the 1600s.
William Grehan (60) was a shepherd. He was married to Mary (61). They could speak Irish and English. They had 5 unmarried children. Thomas (24) was recorded as a grocer’s assistant. Kate was recorded as a shepherd’s daughter. Michael (22), William (18) and John (18) were recorded as shepherd’s sons. The entire family could read and write. They were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. They lived in a 3rd class house, with 3 rooms, 2 front windows and 6 outhouses. This was the only house in Cappaveha at that time. It was built as a private dwelling. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. The roof was made with perishable material. George Allen owned the land the house was built on.
There were 3 houses in Cappaveha in 1911. 1 house was uninhabited. It was owned by Jane Allen. The other 2 houses had 5 residents in total: 3 were male and 2 were females. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The census taken on the 10th of April 1911 show the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. Mary Grehan’s house roof was made with perishable material. The other house roof was made with slate, iron or tiles.
Mary Grehan (71) was a widow. She had been married for 35 years. She had 5 children with 3 living in 1911. Michael (30) and John (27) were recorded as shepherds. There was no occupation recorded for her daughter Kate (29). All 3 children were single. The entire family could read, write and speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Jane Allen owned the land the house was situated on.
John Gately (71) was a widower. He worked as a farm labourer. He could not read. He lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 2 front windows. There were no outhouses recorded. John Gately owned the land the house was situated on.