Castlenancy

Beal Atha na nEan, mouth of the ford of birds

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Castlenancy is situated in the civil parish of Abbeygormacan, barony of Longford Co Galway. It is bounded on the north by Finnure, on the west by Cooracurka and Carra, on the east by Foxhall and on the south by Gurtymadden and a small part of Ballynamurdoon.

 

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books gives another spelling of this townland: Beal Aith na nEan,

 

The Down Survey map shows that this townland under the name ‘Carrindue alias Cloughrosty’ was owned in 1641 by Edmund Duffe Bourke FitzWilliam, a catholic. It was owned in 1670 by Lord Athenree, a catholic. It states there were 89 plantation acres of forfeited and 89 plantation acres of profitable land.

 

Census 1901

 

There were 7 houses in Castlenancy in 1901.  There were 37 residents in total: 15 were male and 22 were female. All were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Michael Hannon, Michael Kennedy, Sarah Clarke, Patk Healy, Hanoria Garvey, Andrew Cahalan and Mary Coone. The census taken on the 5th of April 1901 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. Michael Kennedy’s and Sarah Clarke’s house roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles. The other 5 roofs were made with perishable material.

 

Michael Hannon (41) worked as a shepherd. He was married to Mary (30). There was no occupation listed for her. They had 1 daughter. Mary Ellen was 1 year old. Michael’s sister Anne (35) recorded her occupation as a seamstress. She was single. All 3 adults could read and write. Michael and Mary spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 1 room, 2 front windows and 3 outhouses. Rody Gorman owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Kennedy (72) was a farmer. He was single. He could read, write and spoke Irish and English. He lived in a 1st class house with 13 rooms, 5 front windows and 7 outhouses. Michael Kennedy owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Sarah Clarke (63) was a farmer. She was married. Listed were her son, daughter in law and grandchildren.  Chas (33) recorded his occupation as a farmer. There was no occupation listed for Margaret (25). Mary (2), John (1) and Joseph (3 months) were 3 of Sarah’s grandchildren with the surname Clarke. Sarah’s other grandchildren Kate Hardiman (14) and Martin Hardiman (12) were scholars. John Dillon (32) was listed as a farm servant. Kate Coyne (21) was listed as a general servant. They were both single. Everyone is the household could read and write except for the 3 youngest children who could not read. They lived in a 1st class house with 13 rooms, 5 front windows and 8 outhouses. Sarah Clarke owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patk Healy (55) was a farmer. He was married to Margaret (45). She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. Listed were their 3 children and his brother. All 4 were single. Mary (21) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. John (17) was listed as a farmer’s son. Bridget (14) was a scholar. William (61) was listed as an army pensioner. The entire family could read, write and spoke English. Patk also spoke Irish. They lived in a 2nd class house with 6 rooms, 4 front windows and 5 outhouses. Patrick Healy owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Hanoria Garvey (45) was a widow. She was a farmer. Listed were her 2 step-children and her 4 children. Mary (14), Lawrence (13), Margaret (7) and Patrick (6) were scholars. Delia was 4 years old and Hanoria was 3 years old. Patrick Brogan (40) was single. He recorded his occupation as a farm servant. He could read only. Delia and Hanoria could not read. The rest of the household could read and write. Patrick (40) and Hanoria (45) spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 6 rooms, 4 front windows and 5 outhouses. Hanoria Garvey owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Andrew Cahalan (50) was a farmer.  He was married to Bridget (30).  She was listed as a farmer.  They could read, write and spoke Irish and English.  They had 4 children: Joseph (5) was a scholar, Mary (4), Margaret M (3) and Bridget (2). Mary could read only. Margaret M and Bridget could not read. They lived in a 2nd class house with 6 rooms, 4 front windows and 5 outhouses. Andrew Cahalan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Coone (60) was single. She recorded her occupation as a seamstress. Listed was visitor Mary Moore (65). She was a widow. She recorded her occupation as a nurse. They could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 1 room, 2 front windows and 2 outhouses. Mary Coone owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Census 1911

 

There were 6 houses in Castlenancy town land in 1911. There were 52 residents in total: 28 were male and 24 were female. The heads of the households were: Sarah Clarke, Andrew Cahalan, Michael Reynolds, Margaret Healy, Nora Garvey and Michael Hannon. All residents were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The census taken on the 4th of April 1911 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. The roofs were made with perishable material except for Michael Reynolds. His roof was made with slate, iron or tiles.

 

Sarah Clarke (73) was a widow. She was a farmer. Listed were her son, his wife and their children. Charles (44) was a farmer. He was married for 13 years to Margaret (37). She recorded her occupation as a farmer. They had 9 children with 9 living in 1911. Mary (12), John (11), Joseph (10), Charles (8), Patrick (7) and Dermott (6) were scholars. James was 4 years old, Herbert was 3 years old and Francis was 4 months old. John Dillon (44) was single.  He recorded his occupation as a farm servant.  Sarah, Mary, John and Joseph spoke Irish and English. James, Herbert and Francis could not read. Dermott could read only. The rest of the household could read and write. They lived in a 1st class house with 8 rooms and 6 front windows. There were 9 outhouses: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.  Sarah Clarke owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Andrew Cahalan (62) was a farmer. He was married for 16 years to Bridget (43). There was no occupation listed for her. They had 10 children with 9 living in 1911.  Joseph J (15), Mary C (14), Margaret M (12), Bridget C (11), Michael G (9), Timothy (7) and John F (6) were scholars. Patrick C was 3 years old and Elizabeth was 1 year old. Lodger Patrick Clary (73) was single. He was blind. He recorded his occupation as mendicant. Patrick, Patrick C and Elizabeth could not read. John F could read only. The rest of the family could read and write. Andrew, Bridget, Joseph J and Mary C spoke 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. Andrew Cahalan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Reynolds (45) was a farmer. He was married for 7 years to Mary (39). There was no occupation listed for Mary. They had 4 children with 3 living in 1911: Mary (5), Ellen (4) and Thomas (1). John Feeny (18) was single.  He recorded his occupation as a farm servant. The 3 adults could read and write. The 3 children could not read. They lived in a 2nd class house with 5 rooms and 5 front windows. There were 7 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn. Michael Reynolds owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Margaret Healy (56) was a widow. She was a farmer. Listed were her son, daughter, brother in law, 2 cousins and 1 servant. John (28) was listed as a farmer’s son. Mary (33) had no occupation listed. William (72) was an army pensioner. All 3 were single. Delia Donohoe (38) had no occupation listed. She was married for 5 years. She had 1 child with 1 living in 1911. Mary Agnes was 8 months old. Joseph Shiel (19) was single. He recorded his occupation as a farm servant. The entire household could read and write except for Mary Agnes. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 9 outhouses: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Margaret Healy owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Nora Garvey (55) was a widow. She spoke Irish and English. She was a farmer. She had 5 unmarried children. Mary (28) had no occupation listed for her. Laurence (26) and Patrick (18) were listed as farmer’s sons. Delia (17) and Norah (16) were scholars. Norah’s cousin, Thomas Dillon (41) was single. He recorded his occupation as an agricultural labourer. All listed could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 7 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Norah Garvey owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Hannon (52) was a shepherd. He was married for 12 years to Mary (43). There was no occupation listed for Mary. They had 5 children with 5 living in 1911: Mary Ellen (11), Patrick (7) and Teresa Anne (5) were scholars, Margaret (10), Bridget M (3). Margaret and Bridget M could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. Mary and Mary Ellen spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 3 rooms and 2 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 shed. Rhody Gorman of Woodford owned the land the house was situated on.

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