Meelick

Míleac

Roger Harrison

Irish Grid: M 66412 44978

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Is the property of Michl. Bellew, held by deed for ever. It contains 243 acres, 3 roods and 14 perches about 100 acres of which is bog, the remainder arable and pasture. Houses and roads are in good repair. Pays for County Cess £7. 18s. 4d.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Lies in the western extremity of this parish in the barony of Tiaquin, bounded by Lehanagh, Ballynahattana in this parish by Curgerry Eeghter.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Meelick.

 

 

Census of Ireland (1821- 1911)

The first full population census of Ireland was taken in 1821 and the first four Irish censuses were arranged by county, barony, civil parish and townland.

 

1821:  Only some fragments for small parts of county Galway survive. There are no records      for Killosolan.

1831:  The only surviving records are from Counties Antrim and Derry.

1841:  There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1851:   There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1861:  Census records for 1861 and 1871 were deliberately destroyed by the government

1881:  The records for 1881 and 1891 were pulped as waster paper during the shortages of World War I.

1901:   Full Census records are available    See below.

1911:   Full Census records are available    See below.

 

1911 Census

Overview of the townland

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 5 houses in the townland of Meelick and 3 of those were occupied. Houses 1 and 3 were unoccupied and the landholder was John Blakeney for both of those houses. All 5 houses were listed as being private dwellings with the 3 occupied houses being built of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 2 had slate, iron or a tiled roof while houses 4 and 5 had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. The 3 occupied houses were all 2nd class dwellings and had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front. There were a total of 10 out buildings consisting of a stable, 2 cow houses, 2 piggeries, a fowl house, a barn and 3 sheds. There were 10 people in the townland at the time of the census, 3 males and 7 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Moran.

 

House 1: Unoccupied

House 2: Egan / Kelly

The widow, Mary (35) was listed as being the head of this household and she shared the house with her son, Thomas (2) and a visitor, Fanny Kelly (73). They were all Roman Catholic and Mary and Thomas were born in Co. Galway and Fanny was born in New York. Mary and Fanny spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. There were no occupations listed in this entry. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was John Blakeney.

House3: Unoccupied

House 4: Jennings

The head of this family was Margret (58) and she had been married for 33 years and had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. There was no mention of a husband in this entry. Margret shared the house with her daughter, Bridget (24) and son, Martin (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Margret and Bridget spoke Irish and English and all the family could read and write. Martin was a farm labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a shed. The landholder was Margret Jennings.

 

House 5: Lynsky

John (56) was listed as being the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (63) for 37 years and in that time they had had 6 children with 3 of those surviving. Two of those children lived in the house with them at that time and they were, Delia (27) and Katie (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The parents could speak both Irish and English and could read only while Delia and Katie could read and write. John was a farmer and Katie was a seamstress. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable. a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. The landholder was John Lynsky.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland

There were only 2 houses in the townland at this time and they were both occupied, were listed as private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. They were both 2nd class dwellings and had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front. There were 3 outbuildings in the townland, a stable, a cow house and a piggery. 11 people lived in the townland, 5 males and 6 females. The enumerator for area was Const. John Smyth.

 

House 1: Lynskey

The head of this family was John (46) and he was married to Mary (40) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Bridget (20), John (16) and Katie (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (46), Mary and Bridget spoke Irish and English and all the family could read and write. John was a farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter, John (16) was a farmer’s son and Katie was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was John Lynskey.

 

House 2: Jennings

Margaret (45) was listed as the head of this family and she was married but there was no husband listed in this entry. She shared the house with 5 of her children, Bridget (20), Margaret (17), Edward (15), Michael (12) and Martin (9). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and could read and write. Margaret (45) was a farmer, Bridget and Margaret (17) were farmer’s daughters, Edward was an agricultural labourer and Michael and Martin were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Margaret Jennings.

 

Griffith’s Valuation

James Galbraith leased a herd’s house on 197 acres, 2 roods and 27 perches of land from John H. Blakeney for £29 for the land and £1 10s for the herd’s house. James Galbraith leased 5 tenements to the following: Thomas Lyons leased 5 acres, 1 rood and 32 perches of land for 18s, Edward Naughton paid £2 for 11 acres, 2 roods and 16 perches of land and 5s for a house, James Carrig paid £1 12s for 8 acres and 26 perches of land, John Lyons paid 18s for 4 acres and 19 perches of land and John Mahon paid £2 5s for 13 acres, 1 rood and 13 perches of land. Simon Lyons leased a house from John Mahon for 4s.

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