Garrymore

Garradh Mór

Roger Harrison

 

 

Garrymore / Garradh Mór                         Irish Grid M 65438 36785

 

Author: Roger Harrison

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

O’Donovan’s Irish Field books shows that is situated in the western side of the parish in the barony of Kilconnel bounded by Hampstead and Cave in same barony, by Kinreask, Gortbrack, Mount Bernard and Mount Venture in the barony of Tiaquin. The townland shares boundaries with the following townlands:

 

Cave

Gortbrack

Hampstead

Kinreask

Mountbernard

Mountventure

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Is the property of Francis Davis who holds it under a deed for ever. It contains 347a. 2r. 19p. the land of which is of a very good quality principally under sheep walks. Amount of Co. Cess £4. 10. 11.

 

Census of Ireland 1821 – 1911

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

 

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

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 5 houses in the townland of Garrymore of which 4 were occupied. All the houses were listed as being private dwellings. The 4 occupied houses were constructed of Stone, brick or concrete walls and house 1 had a slate, iron or tiled roof while the other 3 only had thatch, wood or other perishable material. House 1 was a 2nd class dwelling and the other 3 were 3rd class. House 1 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 2 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, house 3 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 4 had 1 room and 2 windows. The landholder of the unoccupied house 5 was Thomas Mannionan (sic). The out-office and farm-steading return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 15 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of 3 stables, 4 cow houses, 2 calf houses, a piggery, 2 fowl houses, 2 barns and 2 sheds. The enumerator for the area was Const. Peter Young.

 

House 1: Maher

Of the 6 members of the Maher family, the head of the family was John (49) and he was married to Nora (35) and had been for 1 year and there were no children listed under the “children born” heading but there were 2 sons and 2 daughters listed under the “relation to head” heading. Could possibly be children from a previous marriage. Those children were Denis (16), Bina (15), Mary Anne (13) and Martin (12). They were all Roman Catholic and John was listed as being born in Corn C Galway (sic), Nora was born in CC Galway and the others were all listed as being born in Co. Galway. John spoke Irish and English but could not read but the others could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer and the children were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, 2 cow houses and a fowl house. The landholder was John Maher.

 

House 2: Burns

There were 5 members of the burn family and the head of the family was Honor (93) and she was a widow. She shared the house with 4 of her children Mary (71), Michael (65), Patrick (57) and Julia (53). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Honor could read only, Mary could not read and the other 3 could all read and write. Honor was listed as being a farmer, Mary was listed as being a daughter and Patrick was listed as being a son under the “occupation” heading. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Honor Burns.

 

House 3: Molloy

The head of this family was James (45) and he had been married to Hanora (47) for 5 years but there were no children listed. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There was no language listed for either of them but James could read only and Hanora could read and write. James was recorded as being a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a calf house. James Molloy was the landholder.

 

House 4: Coaghly

The only occupant in house 4 was John (75), who was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read or write. He was listed as being a farmer, His house was a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and he had a cow house and a calf house. John was the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census

The 1901 census shows that there were 6 houses in the townland of Garrymore and all of those were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all built of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 1 had slate, iron or tiles for roofing and the others all had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1-3 and 5 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 4 and 6 were 3rd class dwellings. Houses 4 and 6 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 2, 3 and 5 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 1 had 3 rooms and 3 windows. Form N, the enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 49 people in the townland, 28 male and 21 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Duffy.

 

House 1: Maher

The Maher family consisted of 12 members and the head of the family was John (39) and he had been married to Ellen (38). They shared the house with 10 of their children, John (15), Patrick (13), Ulick (11), Thomas (10), James (9), Michael (8), Denis (7), Sabina (5), Mary Anne (3) and Martin (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (39) and Ellen spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others. John (15), Patrick, Ulick and Thomas were the only ones that could read and write. John’s (39) occupation was listed as being a shepherd and John (15), Patrick, Ulick and Thomas were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and the landholder was listed was being Patrick Raftry (sic).

 

House 2: McLoughlin

The head of the McLoughlin family was Patrick (37) and he was married to Honor (36) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, John (16), Mary Anne (14), Bridget (12), Kate (10), Patrick (8), Maggie (6), Michael (3) and Martin (5mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (37), John, Mary Anne, Bridget and Kate, spoke Irish and English, Patrick spoke only English and there was nothing entered for the other member of the family. Martin and Michael could not read, Maggie could read only and the others could all read and write. Patrick (37) and John were listed as wool weavers, Mary Anne was a weaver’s daughter and Bridget, Kate, Patrick (8) and Maggie were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and the landholder was Patrick Flannery.

 

House 3: Burns

The Burns family consisted of 5 members with the head of the family being Honor (86), a widow, and she shared the house with 4 of her children, Mary (50), who was described as a lunatic, Michael (48), Patrick (40) and Julia (38). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Michael. Patrick and Julia could read and write. Honor was listed as a farmer, Mary and Julia were farmer’s daughters and Michael and Patrick were farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Honor Burns was the landholder.

 

House 4: Hansbery

The Hansbery family consisted of 5 members and the head of the family was Richard (68) and he was married to his wife, Honor (66) and they shared the house with their son, Denis (21), daughter, Kate (19) and granddaughter Mary (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Richard and Honor spoke Irish and English but only Denis could read only and the others could not read. Richard was listed as being a farmer, Denis was an agricultural labourer, Kate was a farmer’s daughter and Mary was a farmer’s granddaughter. The house they all lived in was 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Richard Hansbery was the landholder.

 

House 5: McDonnagh / Kelly / Coackly / Mooney

The household in house 5 consisted of 14 members with the widow Mary Kelly (70) being listed as the head of the family. She shared the house with her son-in-law Michael (40), her daughter, Mary (40), her brother, John Coackley (60), her grandsons, Michael (19), who was listed as an idiot, Thomas (15), John (12), Patrick (6) and James (3), her granddaughters, Bridget (16), Kate (13), Mary Anne (9) and Anne (2). Also in the house at that time was a lodger, Martin Mooney (37), who was also described as an idiot. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary Kelly, Michael (40), Mary (40), John Coackly and Martin Mooney spoke both Irish and English. Only Thomas, Kate, Mary Anne and John McDonnagh (sic) could read and write. Mary Kelly was listed as being a farmer, Michael (40) and John (60) were agricultural Labourers, Mary (40) was a farmer’s daughter, Michael (19), Patrick and James were farmer’s grandsons, Bridget and Anne were farmer’s granddaughters, Thomas, Kate, Mary Anne and John (12) were scholars and Martin Mooney was listed as a beggar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mary Kelly was listed as the landholder.

 

House 6: Malloy

The Malloy family lived in house 6, the last house in Garrymore, and the head of the family was listed as being the widower James (77) and he shared the house with his son, James (34) and daughter, Bridget (29). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The 2 James’ spoke Irish and English but there was nothing listed under that heading for Bridget and only Bridget could read and write. James (77) was listed as being a farmer, James (34) was a farmer’s son and Bridget was a farmer’s daughter. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James Malloy was the landholder.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation

The Primary Valuation of Ireland in 1855 was a survey involving a detailed valuation of every taxable holding of agricultural or built property on the island of Ireland. It was completed between 1864 and 1865.

Garrymore was owned by Ellen Morgan and Sisters and they leased 257 acres, 2 roods and 13 perches of land to David W. Rutledge for £154 annually and a herd’s house on 188 acres, 3 roods and 34 perches of land for £106 for the land and 5s for the herds house.

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