Cartronsheela lies in the south west of the civil parish of Killallaghtan barony of Kilconnell Co Galway. It is bounded by Doonaree, Cappataggul, Rooaun and Lackagh townlands in the said parish.
O’Donovan’s Field Name Books give these other spellings of this townland: Cartronsilly and
Down Survey map show this townland under the name ‘Cloghegalla’was owned by Walter Kelly, (catholic) in 1641. It was owned in 1670 by the Countess of Fingal, (protestant), John Shea, (catholic), Bryan Magennis, (catholic) and the Earl of Clanrickard, (protestant). It states there were 6 plantation acres of unprofitable land and 171 plantation acres of profitable land and 171 plantation acres of forfeited land.
There were 2 houses in Cartronsheela in 1901. There were 13 residents in total: 10 were male and 3 were female. The heads of the households were: Delia Carmady/Michael Carmady and John Skehill. The census taken on 5th of April 1901 show one building was built as a barracks. The other was built as a private dwelling. The walls were made with stone, brick or concrete. The roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles.
Delia Carmady (29) was married. She could speak Irish and English. Her children: Jack (10), Birdie (8), Ned (6) and Mick (4) were scholars. Delia and Jack were born in Co Clare. The rest of the family were born in Co Galway. Mick could not read or write. The rest of the family could read and write. M C (40) was born in Co Kerry. He was married. P C (34) was born in Co Galway. He was married. He could speak Irish and English. D D (29) was born in Co Donegal. T K (23) was born in Co Cork and D M (22) was born in Co Cavan. All 3 were single. The entire households could read and write. They were recorded as ‘farming’. They were Roman Catholic. They were all male. They lived in a 1st class house with 6 rooms, 33 front windows and 11 outhouses. Michael Carmady (sergeant) was head of the household.
John Skehill (26) was a shepherd. There was no occupation recorded for his sister Nonie (18). Their cousin John Irwine (25) was an agricultural labourer. The entire family were single. They could read and write. They were Roman Catholic and were born in Co Galway. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms, 4 front windows and 6 outhouses.
There were 3 houses in Cartronsheela in 1911. There were 19 residents in total: 9 were male and 10 were female. They were Roman Catholic. The heads of the households were: Patrick Silk, Patrick Keogh and John Skehill. The census taken on the 3th of April 1911 show the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. The house roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles.
Patrick Silk (70) was single. He was a farmer. He could read, write and speak Irish and English. He was born in Co Galway. He lived in a 2nd class house with 7 rooms and 5 front windows, 1 stable and 1 shed. Patrick Silk owned the land the house was situated on.
Peter Keogh(63) was a widower. Peter and his daughter Teresa Mary (40) were farmers. They were born in Co Roscommon. The rest of the household were born in Co Galway. Teresa Mary (40) was married for 10 years to John J Hurley (39). He was recorded as a master baker. They had 5 children with 5 living in 1911. Teresa Mary (9), Bugiet M E (8), Mary Lane (6) and Auna Mary (4) were scholars. John Peter was 1-year-old. Thomas Cunningham (55) and Margaret White (50) were servants. John Peter and Thomas could not read or write. Margaret could write. John J could read, write and speak English. The rest of the family could read, write and speak Irish and English. They lived in a 1st class house with 16 rooms and 14 front windows. There were 14 outhouses: 4 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 2 piggeries, 1 fowl house, 1 boiling house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Peter Keogh owned the land the house was situated on.
John Skehill (35) was a farmer. He was married for 9 years to Mary Anne (34). They had 4 children with 4 living in 1911. Patrick (7), Mary Kate (5) and John James (4) were scholars. Norah was 1-year-old. Bridget Dolan (18) was a domestic servant. Boarder Michael Dolan (22) was a labourer. They were both single. The entire household were born in Co Galway. They could speak Irish and English. John James and Norah could not read. Mary Kate could read. The rest of the household could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 2 front windows. There were 2 outhouses: 1 cow house and 1 fowl house. John Skehill owned the land the house was situated on.