Eskerboy

An Eiscir Bhui, yellow esker or low ridge

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Eskerboy

Eskerboy is situated in the civil parish of Abbeygormacan barony of Longford, Co Galway. It is bounded on the north by Ballyvaheen, on the east by Addergoole and Clare Madden in the parish of Kilquain, on the west by Gurthappagh and on the south by Lurganmore.

 

O’Donovans Field Name Books give two other spellings of this townland: Eiscir Buidhe and Iskerboy.

 

Down Survey map shows that this land was owned by Hugh Hayn, a catholic in 1641. It was owned by Nicholas O’Hayn, a catholic in 1670. It states there were 76 plantation acres of unprofitable land. There were 136 plantation acres of profitable land and 136 plantation acres of forfeited land.

 

Census 1901

 

There were 18 houses in Eskerboy in 1901. One house was uninhabited. It had 4 outhouses. John Coen owned the land this house was situated on. The other 17 houses had 95 residents in total: 59 were male and 36 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway except for Patrick Magher. He was born in Queen’s County. The heads of the households were: Martin Coen, John Coen, Patrick Kelly, Timothy Hanrahan, James McHugo, Thomas Hanrahan, Michael Colgan, John Hanrahan, Thomas Briscoe, Hugh Reilly, Bridget Daly, John Kearey, John McHugo, Francis Finnerty, Lawrence Colgan, Patt Colgan and Mary Hanrahan. The census taken on the 3rd of April 1901 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 Martin Coen’s, Lawrence Colgan’s and Mary Hanrahan’s. Their roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles.

 

Martin Coen (72) was a farmer. He was a widower. He had 5 unmarried children. Michael (36), Pat (33), John (30) and James (23) were listed as farmer’s sons. Catherine (25) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 5 rooms, 3 front windows and 6 outhouses. Martin Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Coen (76) was a farmer. He was married to Margaret (57). There was no occupation recorded for her. They spoke Irish and English. They had 3 unmarried children.  Michael (29) and Martin (25) were listed as farmer’s sons. Ellen (23) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. John Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Kelly (52) was single. He lived with his 4 siblings. All 5 were listed as farmers. Michael (54) was a widower. Bridget (46), Andrew (44) and Hanoria (38) were unmarried. The entire household could read and write. Patrick and Michael spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Patrick Kelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Tim Hanrahan (63) was a farmer. He was married to Mary (50). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 3 unmarried children. Timothy (28) was listed as a farmer’s son. Margret [sic] (26) and Katie (23) were listed as farmer’s daughter. The entire family could read, write and spoke English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 4 outhouses. Timothy Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

James McHugo (53) was a farmer. He was a widower. He could read and write. He lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 4 outhouses. James McHugo owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas Hanrahan (38) was a farmer. He spoke English. His unmarried sister Maria (32) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Thomas was married to Ellen (25). She was listed as a farmer’s wife. They had 2 children: Thomas (2) and Mary Anne (10 months). The 3 adults could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Thomas Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Colgan (76) was a farmer. He was married to Bridget (59). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 4 unmarried children. John (37), Michael (33) and James (25) were listed as farmer’s sons. Bridget (27) was listed as a farmer daughter. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Michael Colgan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Hanrahan (79) was a farmer. He was a widower. He spoke Irish and English. He had 4 unmarried children. Patrick (40), John (37) and Martin (35) were listed as farmer’s sons. Mary (33) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Mary Larkin (26) was single. She was listed as  a farmer’s granddaughter. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. John Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas Briscoe (52) was a farmer. He was married to Anne (40). There was no occupation listed for her. They had 6 children. Bridget (16) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Margaret (10), John (8), Michael (5) and Thomas (3) were scholars. Lizzie was 1 year old. Anne and Bridget could read and write. Margaret could read. The rest of the family could not read. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 3 outhouses. Thomas Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Hugh Reilly (73) was a farmer. He was married to Mary (58). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 5 unmarried children. John (27), James (25) and Daniel (20) were listed as farmer’s sons. Annie (16) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Kate (14) was a scholar. Hugh’s brother John (63) was a widower. He was recorded as a retired farmer. The entire family could read and write. Hugh, Mary and John (63) spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 3 outhouses. Hugh Reilly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Daly (50) was a widow. She was a farmer. She spoke Irish and English. She had 3 unmarried children. Margaret (20) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Simon (24) and Patt (18) were listed as farmer’s sons. Her grandson Michael Haurahan (5) was a scholar. Visitor Thomas Daly (23) was single. He recorded his occupation as a stone mason. All could read and write except for Michael. He could not read or write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 3 outhouses. Bridget Daly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Heary (52) was a farmer. He was married to Ellen (44). There was no occupation recorded for her. Their nephew John Reely (12) was a scholar. All 3 could read, write and spoke English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 3 rooms, 2 front windows and 4 outhouses. John Heary owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John McHugo (74) was a farmer. He could not read or write. He spoke Irish and English. His sisters Mary (72) and Anne (68) could read. They were listed as farmer’s sisters. Visitor Martin Cormican (30) was a farmer. He could read and write. All 4 occupants were unmarried. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 3 outhouses. John McHugo owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Francis Finnerty (59) was a farmer. He was married to Maria (37). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 5 children. Bridget (14) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Francis (12), Thomas (10), Andrew (7) and Michael (2) were scholars. Michael could not read or write. Andrew could read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Francis Finnerty owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Laurence Colgan (70) was a farmer. He was married to Mary (42). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 7 children. Michael (22), Thomas (19) and John (17) were single. They were listed as farmer’s sons. Annie (20) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Patrick (15), Francis (13) and James (11) were scholars. Visitor Maria Dermody (55) was single. She was listed as a farmer’s daughter. The entire household could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms, 3 front windows and 6 outhouses. Laurence Colgan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patt Colgan (56) and his brother Hugh (54) were farmers. Their sister Mary (52) was listed as a house keeper. They could read and write. Visitor Patrick Magher (15) could read only. He was listed as an agricultural labourer. All 4 were unmarried. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Patt Colgan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Hardiman (68) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 3 unmarried children. Margaret (45) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. James (40) and Patt (36) were listed as farmer’s sons. Michael (70) was listed as a farm servant. Visitor Mary Whelan (16) was a scholar. All 5 were unmarried. All could read and write except for Michael. He could not read. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Mary Hardiman owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Census 1911

 

There were 19 houses in Eskerboy in 1911. One house was uninhabited. Bridget Hardiman owned the land this house was situated on. The other 18 houses had 64 residents in total: 36 were male and 28 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway except for Patrick Magher. He was born in Queen’s County. The heads of the households were: Anne Briscoe, Mary Reilly, Andrew Beegan, Michael Madden, Francis Finnerty, Thomas Deely, Martin Hanrahan, Mary Colgan, Francis Finnerty, Hugh Colgan Bridget Deely, Michael Coen, Martin Coen, Kate Kelly, Timothy Hanrahan, Patrick Kelly and Thomas Hanrahan. The census taken on the 5th 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.

 

Anne Briscoe (56) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 3 unmarried children. Margaret (20) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. John (18) was listed as a farmer’s son. Thomas (13) was a scholar. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 1 cow house. Anne Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Reily (71) was a widow. She was a farmer. Listed were 5 unmarried children. Mary (27), Annie (24) and Kate (22) were listed as farmer’s daughters. John (37) and James (34) were listed as farmer’s sons. Her grandson Michael J Toppin (5) could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 4 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Mary Reily owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Andrew Beegan (40) was a farmer and relieving officer. He was married for 9 years to Norah (37). She was listed as a farmer’s wife. They had 4 children with 4 living in 1911. Mary Anne (8), Patrick Joseph (7) and Andrew Joseph (3) were scholars. Ellen Bridget was 1 year old. Margaret Fahey (50) was single. She was listed as a domestic servant. Andrew Joseph, Ellen Bridget and Margaret could not read or write. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 4 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 shed.  Andrew Beegan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael P Madden (57) was a farmer. He was married for 24 years to Mary A (51). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 11 children with 10 living in 1911. Listed were 8 children. Cecilia B B (20) was single. She was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Josephine V D (16), Teresa K T (14), Margaret M D (12), Eileen E N (11), Michael P J (9) and Richard J T (9) were scholars. Pauline M M (2) could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. Michael P, Cecilia B B and Josephine V D spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 2 outhouses: 1 cow house and 1 piggery. Michael P Madden owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Francis Finnerty (69) was a farmer. He was married for 25 years to Maria (47). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 7 children with 7 living in 1911. Listed were 5 children. Thomas (20) and Andrew (17) were single. They were listed as farmer’s sons. Michael (12) and John J (10) were scholars. Mary Kate (6) could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Francis Finnerty owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas Deely (40) worked as a house builder. He was married for 2 years to Bridget (24). They could read and write. There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 1 child named Christopher S (1). The house had 1 room. Francis Finnerty owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Martin Hanrahan (51) was a farmer. His brothers Patrick (60) and John (54) were listed as farmer’s sons. His sister Maria (49) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. All four siblings were unmarried. Their niece Mary (40) was married for 2 years. She was listed as a domestic servant. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 8 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 2 sheds. Martin Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Colgan (53) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 7 unmarried children. Anne (28) had no occupation recorded for her. Michael (32), Laurence (27), Thomas (26), John (25) and Patrick (23) were listed as farmer’s sons. Francis (21) recorded his occupation as a shop assistant. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn. Mary Colgan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Francis Finnerty (22) was a farmer. He was single. He could read and write. He lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 4 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Francis Finnerty owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Hugh Colgan (74) was a retired farmer. His sister Mary (71) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. They were both single. They could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 3 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 barn. John Colgan of Eskerboy owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Deely (51) was a widow. She was a farmer. She spoke Irish and English. She had 5 unmarried children. Simon (30), Martin (27) and Patrick (18) were listed as farmer’s sons. Margaret (25) and Bridget (20) were listed as farmer’s daughters. Bridget’s (51) nephew Michael Hanrahan (13) was a scholar. Simon could not read.  Bridget (51) could read. The rest of the household could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn. Bridget Deely owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Coen (48) was a farmer. His brother James (33) was listed as a farmer’s son. They could read, write and spoke English. James Hough (33) could not read. He was listed as a farm servant. All 3 were single. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Michael Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Martin Coen (37) was a farmer. He was marred to Anne (30). It was not stated how long they were married  There was no occupation recorded for Anne. They could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Martin Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Kate Kelly (45) was a farmer. She was married for 18 years. She had 7 children with 5 living in 1911. Mary J (14), Ellen (12), Joseph (11) and Agnes (10) were scholars. Norah (3) could not read. The rest of the household could read and write. Michael Mullin (54) was single. He was listed as a farm servant. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Kate Kelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Timothy Hanrahan (40) was a farmer and a shop keeper. His sister Margret (36) recorded her occupation as a shop assistant. His sister Catherine (29) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. All 3 occupants were single. They 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 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Timothy Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Kelly (72) was a farmer. He spoke Irish and English. His sister Bridget (69) had no occupation recorded for her. His sister Hanoria (63) was recorded as a farmer’s daughter. His brothers Michael (73) and Andrew (65) were listed as farm servants. The entire family could read and write. They were all single except for Michael. He was a widower. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn  and 1 shed. Patrick Kelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas Hanrahan (48) was a farmer. He spoke English. He was married for 12 years to Elly (34). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 7 children with 7 living in 1911. Thomas (11), Mary Anne (10), Margaret (9) and Elly Cate (6) were scholars. Patrick (5), Hanoria (2) and Easter (2 months) could not read. Elly Cate could read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were  outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Thomas Hanrahan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Colgan (72) was a widow.  She spoke Irish and English. She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. She had been married for 50 years. She had 7 children with 6 living in 1911. Listed were 4 unmarried children. John (48) and Michael (44) were listed as farmers. Bridget (38) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. James (34) was listed as a farmer’s son. Michael Briscoe (16) was recorded as a farm servant. The entire household could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 8 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Bridget Colgan owned the land the house was situated on.

 

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