Ballymacward

Baile ‘ac an Bhaird

Mike Kelly/Galway Rural Development

Ballymacward / Baile ‘ac an Bhaird                   Irish Grid M 67324 36403

 

 

Author: Mike Kelly/Galway Rural Development

 

The townland of Ballymacward is in the civil parish of Ballymacward, in the barony of Tiaquin and the County of Galway.

 

Description:

This townland is held by Lord Clancarty by deed for ever. The land is flat and dry of good quality all under cultivation. The houses and roads are in good repair. It contains a.r.p. The County Cess is £6. 3. 5.

 

Situation:

Is situated in a central part of the parish in the barony of Tiaquin, bounded by Alloon Upper, Alloonbaun, Ballyvoneen and Mount Venture in said barony, and by White Park, Carrana Lower, Carrana Proper and Cave in the barony of Kilconnel. It lies about 5 miles West of Ahascragh

This is a list of townlands that share a border with this townland.

 

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 Ballymacward.

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 townland

There were 9 houses in total in this townland, all of which were built and are recorded as private dwellings with only one uninhabited. All houses had stone or brick walls, and all had roofs of thatch, wood or other perishable materials. All dwellings were recorded as 2nd class. There was a total of 38 people living in the townland of which 19 were male and 19 were female. There were 31 Roman Catholics, 15 males and 16 females as well as 7 members of the Irish Church – 4 males and 3 females. The heads of the households were also the landholders. There was a total of 25 out buildings listed for the townland which comprised of 6 stables, 7 cow houses, 4 piggeries, 5 barns, 1 workshop and 2 sheds. SEE NOTE re Land on house no 7

 

 House 1: Woods

The head of the household was Thomas Woods, a 51-year-old married farmer who lived with his wife Lizzie (51) and family. They had been married for 39 years and had 11 children all of whom were still living. Also in the house were the couple’s sons Richard J. (20), no occupation, Robert A. (12), Albert E. (10) both scholars as well as daughters Gertrude (18), (no occupation) and Kathleen R. a 14-year-old scholar. All of the siblings were unmarried. All the occupants were members of the Irish Church, all could read and write and everyone was from County Galway. There is no language proficiency recorded for anyone. The house is described as a 2nd class private dwelling with walls of stone or brick and a roof of thatch or wood and had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 5 outbuildings consisting of a stables, cow-house, piggery, barn and a shed.

 

House 2: Reilly

The head of the household was John Reilly, a 48-year-old married farmer who lived with his wife Ellen (38). They had been married for 10 years and had no children. Both of them were Roman Catholic, could read and write and all came from County Galway. John Reilly is recorded as speaking both English and Irish. The house is described as a 2nd class private dwelling with walls of stone or brick, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 3 outbuildings consisting of a stable, cow-house, and piggery. The census form was signed by John Reilly using his mark which was witnessed by constable P. Kyne.

 

 

House 3: Kenny

The head of the household was 83-year-old Patrick Kenny, a married farmer who lived with his wife Maria (74) and family. They had been married for 45 years and had 8 children, 3 still living. On census night the family consisted of daughters Kati Agnes (37), Margaret (34) and  Laurence (36) who is described as a farmer’s son. There are no occupations listed for the sisters and all three siblings were unmarried. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, could all read and write and all came from County Galway. There is no language proficiency recorded for siblings but the parents are recorded as speaking both English and Irish. The house is described as a 2nd class private dwelling with walls of stone or brick and a thatched roof. There were 4 outbuildings consisting of a stable, a cow-house, a piggery and a barn. The census form was signed by Patrick Kenny using his mark which was witnessed by constable P. Kyne.

  

House 4: Kenny/Tyrell

The head of the household is listed as married carpenter, James Kenny aged 57. He lived with his wife Mary (54) and their family. They had been married for 34 years and had 11 children, 8 of whom were still living – sons Thomas (29), James (25) who were both carpenters and 16-year-old Michael, a scholar as well as daughters Mary Ann (21), Margaret (19), Nora (12) and Catherine (10). There are no occupations recorded for the elder 2 daughters while the younger two are listed as scholars. All the siblings were unmarried. Also in the house was James’ 68-year-old brother-in-law, Martin Tyrell, a single agricultural labourer. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, could read and write and came from County Galway. The house is described as 2nd class with stone or brick walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 4 outbuildings – a stable, cow-house, a barn and a workshop.

 

House 5: Morrissey

The head of this household and sole occupant was Patrick Morrissey, a 66-year-old unmarried farmer. He was Roman Catholic, could read and write and originated in County Galway. The house was 2nd class with stone walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 2 outbuildings – a cow-house and a piggery.

 

House 6: Kelly/Donohoe

The head of the family was 50-year-old married farmer Daniel Kelly who lived with his wife Bridget (48). They had been married for 8 years and had no children. Also in the house was his unmarried sister-in-law, Monica Donohoe (47) who is described as a born imbecile. Both Daniel and Bridget could read and write whereas sister-in-law Monica could not. All three were Roman Catholic, and came from County Galway. The house was 2nd class and had stone walls and a slate roof as well as 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 3 outbuildings consisting of a stable, cow-house, and a barn. The census form was signed by Daniel Kelly using his mark which was witnessed by constable P. Kyne.

 

House 7: Kelly

The head of the household was married agricultural labourer John Kelly aged 30. He lived with his wife Nora (29) and family. They had been married for 3 years and had 2 children both still living – 2-year-old Mary and Thomas aged 3 months. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, all originated in County Galway and both John and his wife could read and write. The house was 2nd class with stone walls, a slate roof, 2 rooms and 3 windows. There was one outbuilding – a shed. The House and Buildings return notes that this building was unauthorised.

  

House 8: Mahon

The head of the household was Patrick Mahon, a 62-year-old married farmer. His wife Margaret was 46 and they had been married for 30 years, had 8 children, 6 of whom were still living. She lived with her sons Thomas (23), Patrick (21), both farmer’s sons as well as daughters Annie (12) and Cathleen (7), both scholars. All occupants were Roman Catholic, could read and write and all came from County Galway. No language proficiency is given. The house is described as 2nd class, with stone or brick walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 3 outbuildings consisting of a cowhouse, barn and stable.

 

1901 Census

Overview of townland

There were 11 houses in total in this townland, all of which were built nine are recorded as private dwellings with three uninhabited. – numbers 4, 8 and 11 which were listed as workshop, storehouse and church respectively. Six houses had stone or brick walls, and all had roofs of thatch, wood or other perishable materials and three had slated roofs. All dwellings were recorded as 2nd class. There was a total of 43 people living in the townland of which 17 were male and 26 were female. There were 32 Roman Catholics, 12 males and 20 females as well as 11 members of the Irish Church – 5 males and 6 females. The heads of the households were also the landholders.

 

House 1: Woods

The head of the household was Thomas Woods, a 41-year-old married farmer who lived with his wife Elizabeth (41) and family which included the couple’s sons George (14), Richard (10), and Robert (3) as well as daughters Mary Jane (16), Annie (12), Gerty (8) and Catherine aged 5. The occupations of Elizabeth and Mary Jane are given as house-keepers while the rest of the children are listed as scholars with the exception of the youngest All the occupants were members of the Irish Church, all, except the 3-year-old, could read and write, and everyone was from County Galway. There is no language proficiency recorded for anyone.

 

House 2: Kenney

The head of the household was 68-year-old Patrick Kenny, a married farmer who lived with his wife Maria (60) and family. On census night the family consisted of daughters Kati Agnes (27), a housekeeper, Margaret (22), who is listed as blind and son Laurence (23) who is described as a farmer’s son. All three siblings were unmarried. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, could all read and write and all came from County Galway. There is no language proficiency recorded for siblings but the household head, Patrick, is recorded as speaking both English and Irish.

 

House 3: Kenny/Tyrell

The head of the household is listed as married carpenter, James Kenny aged 48. He lived with his wife Mary (45) and their family – sons Thomas (20), also a carpenter, James (15) who was a farm labourer and 6-year-old scholar, Michael, as well as daughters Delia, a 22-year-old housekeeper, Mary Ann (11), Margaret (9), Honoria (3) and six month old Kathleen. The girls except the youngest are listed as scholars. All the siblings were unmarried. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, could read and write (except the 2 youngest) and all came from County Galway. They are all recorded as speaking English only with the exception of head James Kenny who could speak both English and Irish, house is described as 2nd class with stone or brick walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows.

 

House 4: Unoccupied – described as a workshop

 

House 5: Shea

The head of the household was Thomas Shea, a 26-year-old unmarried farmer who lived with his unmarried sister Elizabeth (21), a housekeeper. Both were Roman Catholic, could read and write and came from County Galway. The house is described as 2nd class with a thatched roof and walls of brick or stone. It had 2 rooms and 3 windows. Thomas is also listed as the landowner.

 

House 6: Morriss[i]

The head of this household was Anne Morrissey, a 78-year-old widow whose occupation as given as farmer. Also in the house was her son Patrick Morrissey, a 57-year-old unmarried farmer. Both were Roman Catholic, could read and write and originated in County Galway. Both are described as speaking both Irish and English. The house was 2nd class with stone walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows and the landowner is given as Anne Morriss. (sic).

 

House 7: Donohoe

The head of the family was 80-year-old widowed farmer Monica Donohoe who lived with her three unmarried daughters – Maria (57), Bridget (40) and 35-year-old Monica. The elder 2 daughters are housekeepers while Monica Junior is described as an imbecile. All except the younger Monica could read and write and all the women were Roman Catholic and all came from County Galway. The house was 2nd class and had stone walls and a slate roof as well as 3 rooms and 3 windows

 

House 8: Unoccupied and described as a storehouse owned by William Forde

 

House 9: Kenney

The head of the household was married farmer George Kenney aged 60. He lived with his wife Frances (43, a housekeeper. Both were Church of Ireland and both could read and write. George Kenney came from County Galway while Frances originated in Kings County, (now Offaly). The house was 2nd class with stone walls, a slate roof, 2 rooms and 3 windows.

  

House 10: Mahon

The head of the household was Patrick Mahon, a 50-year-old married farmer. His wife Margaret, a housekeeper was aged 37 and their family consisted of sons Thomas (13), Patrick (11) and Edward aged 5 as well as daughters Honor (13), Kate (9), Margaret (7) and 3-year-old Anne. All the children except the two youngest were scholars. All the occupants were Roman Catholic, came from County Galway and with the obvious exception of the two youngest children, all could read, write and speak both English and Irish. The house is described as 2nd class, with stone or brick walls, a thatched roof and had 2 rooms and 3 windows.

 

House 11:

The Enumerator’s Extract lists a building number 11 which is described as the Church of Ireland

 

 

 

 

[i] Transcribed as Morriss but the Household Form A shows clearly it is Morrissey.

 

 

Griffiths Valuation

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