Lisheen

An Lisín

Roger Harrison

Lisheen / An Lisín                                         Irish Grid: M 67601 40760

 

Author: Roger Harrison

 

The townland of Lisheen is in the civil parish of Ballymacward, in the barony of

Tiaquin and the County of Galway.

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

This townland is the property of Bernard Browne, Esq. who holds it under a deed for ever. It is a flat country about 3/5 of this townland arable a good quality, the rest wet, is situated about 1mile S. West of Castle Blakeny. Amount of County Cess £1. 6s. 5d.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Is situated in the North of this parish in the barony of Tiaquin, bounded by Ashfield, Creggaun, Esker and Killaghaan townlands in same barony.

 

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

 

 

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 census of 1911 shows that there were 6 houses in the townland of Lisheen and all were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all built of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 1 was a 3rd class dwelling and the others were 2nd class. House 1 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 2 and 6 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and the others all had 3 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 27 out buildings in the townland. That consisted of 5 stables, 6 cow houses, 6 piggeries, 4 fowl houses and 6 barns. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 30 people, 14 males and 16 females. The enumerator for the area was John Gallagher.

 

House 1: Geraghty / Garry

Thomas (37) was the head of this family and he was married to Elizabeth (27) and had been for 1 year and they had 1 child, Patrick (4mths) and also a servant, John Garry (16). They were all born in Galway ER and were Roman Catholic. There nothing entered for language which probably indicates that they all spoke only English. Apart from baby Patrick, they could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer and John was a servant. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Thomas Geraghty was the landholder.

 

House 2: Fahy

The head of this family was Michal (sic) (56) and he had been married to Catherine (52) for 24 years and they had had 6 children, all of whom had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children, Lizzie (21), Ellon (sic) (20), Marget (sic) (17) and Thomas (13). They were all born in Co. Galway, although Michal (sic) was listed as Ireland Galway, and were Roman Catholic. There were no entries under the language heading so that may indicate that they all spoke only English. Only Michal (sic) could read and write, although Thomas was listed as a scholar under that heading. Michal (sic) was a farmer and Marget (sic) and Thomas were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. The landholder was listed as Michael Fahy.

 

House 3: Broderick

The widower Thomas (64), who had been married for 36 years, was the head of this family. He shared the house with 3 of his children, Patrick (20), Teresa (17) and Julia (14) and a granddaughter, Maria (9). All were Roman Catholic, Thomas was listed as being born in Co. Galway, England (sic), Maria was born in American and the others were all born in Co. Galway. Thomas spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others which may indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and the other 3 were scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house, a piggery and a barn. The landholder was Thomas Broderick.

 

House 4 (5.1): Donohue / Rush

The head of the family in house 4 was Michael (48) who shared the house with his sister, Bridget (38), 2 of his brothers, Thomas (35) and John (30) and a visitor, Hanna Rush (80). They were all born in Co. Galway ER and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write, except for Hanna who could only read. Michael was a farmer and Thomas and John were labourers. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. Michael Donohoe was listed as the landholder.

 

House 5 (5.2): Blade

Patrick (62) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (58) for 31 years and in that time they had had 9 children, of which 8 had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children, John (30), Maggie (23), Luzzie[i] (sic) (17) and Patrick (15)They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Patrick (62) was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Luzzie (sic) and Patrick were scholars. They all lived in a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. The landholder was Patrick Blade.

 

House 6: Donohoe

The head of the last family in Lisheen was Patrick (40) and he lived with his 3 sisters, Catherine (36), Margaret (35) and Bridget (33). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. Patrick Donohoe was the landholder.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the Townland

There were 6 houses in the townland of Lisheen in 1901 and they were all occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 and 6 were 3rd class dwellings and the others were all 2nd class. Houses 1 and 6 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and the others all had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-office and farm-steading return shows that there were a total of 27 out building consisting of 5 stables, 6 cow houses, 6 piggeries, a fowl house, 4 barns and 5 sheds. There were a total of 37 people in the townland, 15 males and 22 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Kelly.

 

House 1: Donohoe

The head of the first family in Lisheen was the widow Honor (50) and she shared the house with 5 of her children, Patrick (32), Catherine (27), Margaret (25), Bridget (21) and Winnifred (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Honor was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and the daughters were all listed as being farmer’s daughters. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Honor Donohoe.

 

House 2: Blade

Patrick (51) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (45) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children and they were John (20), Maria (17), Julia (16), Margaret (12), Elizabeth (7) and Patrick (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, except for Elizabeth and Patrick, who only spoke English. Patrick could read only and the others could all read and write. Patrick (51) was a farmer, Mary and Maria had household duties, John was listed a working on the farm and Julia, Margaret, Elizabeth and Patrick (6) were scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed. Patrick Blade was the landholder.

 

House 3: Donohoe

The head of this family was John (80) and he was married to Serah (sic) (69) and also in the house at that time were 2 of their children, Bridget (35) and Michael (34). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Michael spoke Irish and English and Serah (sic) and Bridget spoke only English. All the family could read and write. John was a farmer, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter and Michael was a farmer’s son. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was John Donohoe.

 

House 4: Broderick

Thomas (54) was listed as the head of this family in house 4 and he was married to Mary (47) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, Michael (13), Patrick (10), Teresa (7) and Julia (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Julia, they could all reads and write. Thomas was a farmer and mason, Mary was listed as having household duties, Michael, Patrick and Teresa were listed as attending school and Julia was listed as not attending school. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery and a barn. Thomas Broderick was the landholder.

 

House 5: Fahy

Michael (45) was the head of the family in house 5 and he was married to Catherine (40) and they shared the house with 6 of their children and they were, Mary D. (14), John (13), Lizzie (11), Ellen (8), Margret (6) and Thomas (3) and also in the house was Michael’s father, the widower Patrick (84). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael, Catherine and Patrick spoke Irish and English and the others all spoke only English. Thomas and Patrick could not read, Margret could read only and the others could all read and write. Michael and Catherine were listed as being farmers, Patrick was a retired farmer and Mary D., John, Lizzie, Ellen and Margret were all scholars. The house was a2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Michael Fahy.

 

House 6: Geraghty

The head of the last family in Lisheen was Patrick (55) who was married to Bridget (50) and they shared the house with 2 of their children Thomas (25) and Mary (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Bridget spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the children which may indicate that they only spoke English. Patrick could not read, Bridget could read only and Thomas and Mary could read and write. Patrick was a farmer, Thomas was a farmer’s son and Mary was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Geraghty.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that Michael Geraghty leased a house and offices on 7 acres and 13 perches of land and also another 4 acres and 28 perches of land from John H. Blakeney for which he paid £2 5s for the land and 10s for the buildings on the first tenement and £2 10s for the land on the 2nd. Patrick Fahy leased a house, offices on 7 acres, 2 roods and 4 perches of land from John H. Blakeney for £2 10s for the land and 5s for the buildings. James Donohoe, Michael Blade and John Donohoe jointly leased 16 acres and 12 perches of land from John H. Blakeney for which James paid £1 14s and Michael and John paid £1 13s. John and James Donohoe jointly leased 3 tenements from John H. Blakeney, the first was 7 acres, 3 roods and 11 perches of land for £3 10s and House, offices on 48 acres, 1 rood and 8 perches of land for which they paid £14 5s for the land between them and £1 each for the buildings. Michael and John Broderick Jointly leased 2 tenements from John H. Blakeney, the first being 2 acres 3 roods and 9 perches of land for £1 10s and also Michael leased a house and an office and John leased an office on 13 acres 1 rood and 18 perches of land for which they jointly paid £4 5s for the land and each paid 11s for the buildings. Michael Daly leased a house from John Broderick for 4s and Michael Blade leased a house and office on 16 acres and 12perches of land from John H. Blakeney for £5 for the land and 15s for the buildings and also 4 acres, 3 roods and 10 perches of land for £2 5s.

 

 

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