Gortymadden

Gort Ui Mhadain, Madden’s Garden

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Gortymadden

 

Gortymadden is situated in the civil parish of Abbeygormacan, barony of Longford, Co Galway. It is bounded on the north by Castlenancy and a small part of Foxhall, on the west by Ballynamurdan and Carhooshanbally, on the east by Liscoyle and on the south by Ballyfenton.

 

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books give other spellings of this townland: Gort Ui Mhadaidin, Gurtymadden, Gortmadden and Gurteenmadden.

 

Down Survey map shows that this townland under the name ‘Gortymaddin’ was owned by Thomas McRedmond McUlicke Bourke, a catholic owned in 1641. It was owned by Ulick earl of Clanricard Burke, a catholic in 1670. It states there were 256 plantation acres of profitable land and 256 plantation acres of forfeited land.

 

Census 1901

 

There were 7 houses in Gortymadden in 1901. There were 36 residents in total: 20 were male and 16 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Pattrick Donohoe Snr, J.V Pelly, John Reid, Patrick Donohoe Jnr, John Hobbins, Richard Rafferty and Maria Finneran. The census taken on the 10th of April 1901 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. Patrick Donohoe Snr’s and J.V Pelly’s roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles. The other 5 roofs were made with perishable material.

 

Patt Donohoe (60) was a widower. He worked as a shepherd. He had 5 unmarried children. Annie (22) and Catherine (16) were listed as shepherd’s daughters. Owen (20) and Edward (18) were listed as shepherd’s sons. Margaret (13) was a scholar. Patt’s nephew Peter Larkin was 2 years old. Patt and Peter could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Capt Jn Smyth owned the land the house was situated on.

 

James V Pelly (35) was a farmer and shopkeeper. His brothers Jno B [sic] (40), Martin S (33) and William (31) were listed as farmer’s brothers. Their cousin Cornelias (33) was a medical student. Their cousin Mary (25) had no occupation recorded. Bridget Grimes (45) was recorded as a housekeeper and domestic servant. Thomas Dwyer (36) was recorded as a farm servant. The entire household were unmarried. They could read and write except for Thomas. He could read only. Thomas, Mary and Cornelias spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 1st class house with 12 rooms, 7 front windows and 9 outhouses. Jas Pelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Reid (60) was a farmer. He spoke Irish and English. He was married to Bridget (56). She was listed as a farmer’s wife. They had 2 unmarried children. Margaret (21) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. James (21) was listed as a farmer’s son. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 1 front window and 5 outhouses. John Reid owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Donohoe (29) was a farmer. He was married to Margaret (32). There was no occupation recorded for her. They could read and write. Their son Martin was 4 months old. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 4 outhouses. Patrick Donohoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Hobbins (50) was a widower. He was a farmer. He had 4 unmarried children. Bridget (20) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. John (18), Michael (17) and Peter (9) were listed as farmer’s sons. The entire family could read and write except for John (50). He could read only. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 3 outhouses. John Hobbins owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Richard Rafferty (36) worked as a farm labourer. He was married to Anne (33). They spoke Irish and English. There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 6 children.  Michael (11), Mary (8) and Maggie (6) were scholars. Ellen (4), Sarah (2) and Bridget (3 months) could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 2 outhouses. John Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Maria Finneran (55) was single. She worked as a domestic servant. She could read and write. She lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 2 outhouses. John Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Census 1911

 

There were 13 houses in Gortymadden in 1911. One house was uninhabited. It was owned by Lawrence Egan. The other 12 houses had 45 residents in total: 21 were male and 24 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Patrick Mitchell, Catherine Mulkerns, John Hobbins, Richard Rafferty, Maria Finnegan, Michael Hobbins, Own Donohoe, John Reid, Patrick Donohue, Bridget McNamara, John Robinson and Frank Ryan. 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. Patrick Mitchell’s, Catherine Mulkerns’s, Own Donohoe’s, Bridget McNamara’s, John Robinson’s and Frank Ryan’s roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles. The other 6 roofs were made with perishable material.

 

Patrick Mitchell (19) was single. He was a farmer. He could read and write. He lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 1 cow house. Thomas Mitchell owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Catherine Mulkern (70) was a widow. She was a farmer. Her daughter Anne (30) was married to John Spain (35). He was a farmer. They had 4 children: Mary (7), Katie (5), John (3) and Martin (1). They could not read or write. The 3 adults could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 1 cow house. Catherine Mulkern owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Hobbins (64) was a widower. He was a farmer. He had 3 unmarried children. Bridget (30) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. John (28) and Peter (19) were listed as farmer’s sons. The entire family could read and write. John (64) and Bridget spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows, and 1 stable and 1 cow house. John Hobbins owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Richard Rafferty (46) worked as an agricultural labourer. He was married for 23 years to Anne (49). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 9 children with 8 living in 1911. Listed were 6 children: Mary was (18), Margaret (16), John Jas (5) and Martin (3). Nellie (14) and Elizabeth (8) were scholars. Mary, Margaret, Nellie and Elizabeth could read and write. The rest of the family could not read or write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows, 1 piggery and 1 fowl house. John Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Maria Finneran (71) was a widow. There was no occupation listed for her. Her son Patrick (34) recorded his occupation as a postman. He was single. They both could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 1 fowl house. John Briscoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Michael Hobbins (54) was a farmer. He was married for 10 years to Mary (38). His mother Mary (78) was a widow. All occupants could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 fronts windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn. Michael Hobbins owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Owen Donohoe (30) was a farmer. He was married to Annie (22). They were married less than a year. She spoke Irish and English. There was no occupation recorded for her. They both could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 fronts windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Owen Donohue owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Reid (71) was a farmer. He was married for 36 years to Bridget (70). She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. They spoke Irish and English. They had 4 children with 2 living in 1911. Margaret (32) was listed as a farmer’s daughter. James (31) was listed as a farmer’s son. They were both single. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 3 rooms and 1 front window.  There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 shed. John Reid owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Donohoe (39) was a farmer. He was married for 12 years to Margaret (44). She was listed as a farmer’s wife. They had 7 children with 7 living in 1911. Martin (10), Bridget (9), Anne (8), Mary Anne (6) and Patrick (5) were scholars. John Joe and Margaret Mary were both 2 years old. They could not read. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms and 2 fronts windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl and 1 shed. Patrick Donohoe owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget McNamara (57) was married for 35 years. There was no occupation recorded for her. She had 5 children with 2 living in 1911. Listed were her son in law James Briscoe (46) and her daughter Mary Briscoe (30). They recorded their occupations as farmers. All 3 could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 fronts windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 fowl house and 1 barn. Bridget McNamara owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Robinson (33) was a farmer. He was married to Mary (30). They could read and write. They were married less than a year. There was no occupation listed for Mary. She spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 fronts windows. There were 3 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 barn. John Robinson owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Frank Ryan (32) worked as a spirit merchant. He was married for 4 years to Ellen (30). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 3 children with 3 living in 1911. Listed were 2 children: Maureen (2) and Kathleen (6 months). Nora Mahon (21) and Catherine Horan (16) were single. They recorded their occupations as grocers’ assistants. Mary Dwane (17) was single. She recorded her occupation as a nurse-domestic servant. Mary Nevin (30) was married for 7 years and had 1 child . She recorded her occupation as a general domestic servant. The 6 adults could read and write. They lived in a 1st class house with 8 rooms and 8 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn, 1 shed and 1 store. Frank Ryan owned the land the house was situated on.

This page was added on 05/04/2020.

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