Gortnahultra

Gort na hOltra

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Gortnahultra / Gort na hOltra                               Irish Grid: M 63479 35076

 

Author: Roger Harrison

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

This townland is the property of Samuel Barrett who holds it under a deed for ever. It contains 310a. 20p. 18r. nearly one half of which is bog, the remainder arable of middling quality and under sheep walks. The soil is dry and gravely. Amount of Co. Cess £2. 9s. 8d.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Lies in the western side of the parish in the barony of Tiaquin, bounded by Gurteen, Creeraun, Kinreask and Curskeagh O’Daly townlands in this parish and by Shunballeshul in the parish Cloonkeen in same barony.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Gortnahultra.

 

 

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 the townland

The 1911 census shows that there was only 1 house in the townland at that time and it was occupied and was listed as being a private dwelling. It was constructed od stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. It was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were 6 out buildings consisting of a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. There were a total of 12 people, 7 male and 5 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Daniel Fitzpatrick.

 

House 1: Mentan / Culkeen / Kilkenny

The head of the only house in the townland was Thomas (41) and he had been married to Kate (41) for 17 years and they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with those 6 children and they were, Maria M. (16), Patrick (14), Connor (12), Thomas (10), Maggie (7) and Michael (3). Also in the house were Kate’s father, Pat Culkeen (74), who had been married to her mother, Kate Culkeen (76) for 46 years and they had had 3 children but only 2 of those had survived. Also in the house were Thomas’ sister-n-law, Ellin (sic) (35) and a nephew, Pat Kilkenny (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (41), Kate (41), Pat Culkeen, Kate Culkeen and Pat Kilkenny spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others, so that probably meant they only spoke English. Michael, Pat Culkeen and Kate Culkeen could not read but the others could all read and write. Thomas (41) was a farmer, Kate (41) was a housekeeper, Pat Kilkenny was a labourer and Maria M., Patrick (14), Connor, Thomas (10) and Maggie were scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. Thomas Mentan (sic) was the landholder.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland

There was only 1 house in the townland in 1901 and it was occupied and was listed as a private dwelling. It was built of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. It was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front. There were 5 out buildings, a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. There were 10 people, 6 male and 4 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Duffy.

 

House 1: Culkeen / Mentan / Kilkenny

The head of the family in the only house in the townland was Patrick (70) and he was married to Kate (71) and they shared the house with their daughter Ellen (27), their son-in-law, Thomas Mentan (34), Their daughter, Kate Mentan (29) and 5 of their grandchildren, Maria Mentan (6), Patrick Mentan (4), Connor Mentan (2), Thomas Mentan (3mths) and Patrick Kilkenny (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (70), Kate (71), Thomas (34) and Kate (29) all spoke Irish and English and the others, that were old enough to talk, probably only spoke English. Only Thomas (34), Kate (29), Ellen and Patrick (14) could read and write. Patrick (70) and Thomas (34) were shepherds, Kate and Ellen were shepherd’s daughters and Patrick Kilkenny was a scholar. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Raftery.

 

Griffiths Valuation

Lord Dunsandle owned all the land in Gortnahultra and he had a house on 370 acres and 17 perches of land that had an annual ratable value of £140 for the land and 10s for the house.

This page was added on 21/01/2020.

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