Teeranea

Tír an Fhiagh

Barbara Conroy

Teeranea

Teeranea, Tír an Fhiagh, meaning land of the deer

Author: Barbara Conroy.

Tír an Fhia, leagan Gaeilge, and Teeranea, the English Language version of this name. Logainm.ie:

Names:

According to O’Donovan’s field name books 1838, the standard name given to the townland was Teeranea and Tír an Fhiagh was its official Irish form. The townland name was spelt as Teeranea. The other forms of the name were Tír an Fhiagh, Tieronee (Surveyor’s Sketch Map), Teeraneevin, (county map) Tieranea, (Rev. Michael Heraty, pp) Theerannia (or the tract of the deer) Teeranee (mearsman) Tyraney (co cess collector) and Tieranee (tithe Ledger) Other placenames in or near Teeranea were Lough of Ballydoolough, old frieze mill and Tieranee.

Situation:

The townland is located on the south side of the civil parish of Cong. It is bounded on the north by Cloghbrack upper, west by Crinlin East (sic) and Dooghta and on the East by Ballydoolough. It was and still is in the Barony of Ross, in the County of Galway.

Description:

The townland of Teeranea was comprised of 540 acres, 0 roods and 38 perches. The townland still is located in the civil parish of Cong, in the Barony of Ross and in the county of Galway.

Down Survey

The Down survey name given to Teeranea was Tawnilla Alias and Tawnyla and Fough. The owners of Teeranea in 1641 were the O’Flahertye and Murroughs who were Catholic. There were 1385 plantation acres which was all unprofitable land, there were 81 plantation acres of profitable land and there were 81 plantation acres forfeited.

O’Donovan’s Field Names Books 1838

O’Donovan tells us that the townland was under lease, sublet to tenants for £42.00 yearly. The proprietor was Sir Valentine Blake, Esq, Minlow near Galway- held under lease by Dominick Blake, Esq, Dublin. The agent was Mr Thomas Joyce, Raigh-na-bon-reen, near Tuam. O’Donovan describes the soil as “all mountain, part steep and part gradual slope, the steep was heathy and pasturable, some of the sloping part was arable, part mixed and pasture and bog. In 1838 , the crops of oats and potatoes were not good. The village of Teeranee was compact and contained Lough of Ballydooolough, whether this is the same as the lake in Baile Dhubloch is uncertain. Both townlands were contiguous.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

The Townland of Teeranea was under the ownership of the representative of Sir Valentine Blake.

Plot 1 was occupied by Michael Higgins who held a house valued at 5 shillings and 455 acres 1, rood and 38 perches of land that had a rateable valuation of £25. The total annual valuation of rateable property for Michael Higgins was £25. 5 shillings.

Samuel and Thaddeus Browne rented Plot 2, a house, offices, tuckmill (frieze mill) and land from Representative of Sir Valentine Blake. The land comprised of 72 acres, 1 rood, and 12 perches of ground which had a rateable annual valuation of £5 and the house was valued at £3.

The townland also contained 12 acres, 2, roods and 24 perches of water that was not rateable.

Census 1901:

This census indicates that there were 13 dwellings in Teeranea. There was one house that was not occupied. These were all private dwellings. Most houses had only two rooms. Mary Browne, Michael Burke and Thady Brown all had three windows and three rooms, which rendered these houses 2nd class, all the other homes, were 3rd class homes. For example, The Currans (Edward) in house No 4 had 12 occupants living in their two rooms.

Eleven of the thirteen homes had cow houses, four had stables and five had piggeries. Unless otherwise stated all families were Roman Catholic and born in County Galway.

Mary Brown resided in House No 1. She was 56 and a widow. Her occupation was a farmer. She could not read, but she spoke Irish and English. She had two sons and a daughter. Patrick was 30, single and his occupation was given as a farmer’s son. He could read and write, and he spoke Irish and English. Thady was 20, single, his occupation was given as a farmer’s son. He could read and write, and he spoke Irish and English. Julia was 16 years old, her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. She could read and write, and she spoke English and Irish.   Theirs was a 2nd class house. She had a cow house and a stable. Patrick Scannell was 24, single and he was a lodger. He was from Co Galway. His occupation was a Tea Agent.

Peter Thornton resided in House No 2. He was 51, married and was head of the family. He could not read, he spoke Irish and English. Kate Thornton was 50, and was married to Peter. She could not read, she spoke Irish and English. They had a son and two daughters. Peter was 12, he could not read, he spoke Irish and English. Sarah was 15, and she also could not read. She spoke Irish and English. Catherine was 20. She could not read. She spoke Irish and English. They had a 3rd class house and a piggery.

Edward Curran resided in House No 4. He was 61, married and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read. He spoke Irish and English. Mary Curran was 60, she was married to Edward. She could not read, she spoke Irish and English. They had a daughter and son. Catherine was 24 years old, she was single, and her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. She could not read, she spoke Irish and English. Edward was 38. He was married. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could not read. He spoke Irish and English.   Mary Curran was 37. She was married to Edward. She could not read, she spoke Irish and English. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Patt (sic) was 13, he was a scholar. He could read and write. He spoke Irish and English. Michael was 11, he was a scholar. He could read and writer. He spoke Irish and English. Thomas was 10, he was a scholar. He could read and write. He spoke Irish and English. John was 8 years old, he could not read. He spoke Irish and English. James was 4. He could not read. Bridget was 6. She could not read. Sarah could not read. There was no age given for her. They had a 3rd class house, a cow house and a piggery.

Edward Curran resided in House No 5. He was 51, married, and he was head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read. He spoke English and Irish. Catherine Curran was 48, and was married to Edward. She could not read. She spoke Irish and English. They had three daughters. Bridget was 20, single, her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. She could read and write, and she spoke Irish and English. Margaret was 18, single, her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. She could read and write. She spoke Irish and English. Catherine was 15, single, her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. She could read and write, and she spoke Irish and English. Martin Duffy was their Grandson, he was 2. Theirs was a 3rd class house and they had a cowhouse and a piggery.

Thomas Duffy resided in House No 6. He was 62, He was married to Sarah Duffy. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read. He spoke Irish. Sarah Duffy was 50, a Roman Catholic and born in Co Galway. She was married to Thomas Duffy. She could not read, but she spoke Irish. They had three sons, Thomas was 23 and single. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. Martin was 19, and single. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. Michael was 18, and single. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could read and write, and he spoke Irish and English. Patt Magee was a grandson. He was 6, He could not read but he spoke Irish and English. Theirs was a 3rd class house together with a cow house..

Bridget McDonagh resided in house No 7. She was 58, a widow, and head of the family. Her occupation was a farmer. She could not read but she spoke Irish. John McDonagh was her son, he was 35 and married. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could not read, but he spoke Irish. Mary McDonagh was married to John, she was 34. Her occupation was a farmer’s wife. She could not read either. They had two children. Catherine was 3, she was a scholar and could read, and spoke Irish and English. This was likely an anomaly as children rarely attended school in this area, at such an early age. Patrick was her brother, there was no age given for him. Theirs was a 3rd class house with a stable and a cowhouse.

David Lowery resided in House No 8, He was 60, married and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read but he spoke Irish and English. Julia Lowery was married to David, she was 49, she could not read but she spoke Irish and English. They had three sons. John was 17, his occupation was a farmer’s son. He could read and write and spoke Irish and English. David was 15, his occupation was a farmer’s son. He could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. James was 12, his occupation was a farmer’s son. He could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. They had a 3rd class house with a stable, a cowhouse and a piggery.

Bridget Lowery resided in House No 9. She was 70 years old, a widow, were all the family. Her occupation was a farmer, she could not read but she spoke Irish and English. John Lowery was her son, He was 44 years old, and married. His occupation was a farmer’s son. He could not read but he spoke Irish and English. Catherine Lowery was married to John, she was 38 years old. She could not read, but she spoke Irish and English. They had three sons and three daughters. Martin was 12 years old, he was a Scholar. He could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. Mary was 10 years old, she was a Scholar. She could read and write and she spoke Irish and English. Michael was 8 years old, he was a Scholar. He could read, and he spoke Irish and English. Bridget was 6 years old, she was not a Scholar. She could not read but she spoke Irish and English. Patt (sic) was 4 years old. He was not a scholar. He could not read, and he didn’t speak Irish or English. They had a 3rd class house, a stable and a cowhouse.

Michael Brown resided in House No 10. He was 61 years of age, married and head of the family. He was a farmer. He could read, and spoke Irish and English. Mary Brown was 51 years of age and married to Michael. She could not read, but she spoke Irish and English. They had four daughters and one son. Catherine was 14 years old, she was a scholar and could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Bridget was 12 years old, she was a scholar, she could read and write and she spoke Irish and English. Maggie was 9 years old, she was a scholar, and she could read and write and spoke Irish English. Sarah was 7 years old. She could not read but she spoke Irish and English. Michael was 5 years old. He could not read. Theirs was a 3rd class house and a cow house.

John Browne resided in House No 11. He was 46 years of age, married and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Mary Browne was married to John, she was 29 years old. She could read and write and she spoke Irish and English. They had four sons and one daughter. Michl (sic) was 9 years old, he was a scholar, he could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. Patt was 7 years old, he was a scholar, he could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. Thos (sic) was 6 years old, he could not read but he spoke Irish and English. John was 5 years old, he could not read but he spoke Irish and English. There was no age given for Mary. They had a 3rd class house, together with a cow house and a piggery.

Michael Burke resided in House No 12. He was 36, married and head of the family. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He could not read but he spoke Irish and English. Catherine Burke was 34 years old, married to Michael. She could read and she spoke Irish and English. They had four sons and three daughters. The oldest Mary 12, was a scholar, she could read and write, and spoke Irish and English, the next was John who was 11, he was a scholar, and he could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Thady was 7 and he was a scholar, he could read but not write. Bridget was 6, she could not read. Michael was 4, and Patrick was 2 years old. They had a 2nd class house and a cow house.

Thady Browne resided in House No 13. He was 30, and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He was not married.   He was able to read and write and spoke Irish and English. Also living with him was his sister Bridget, who was 32 and unmarried. She was able to read and write and spoke Irish and English. His was a 2nd class house and a cow house.

1911 Census.

There were 14 dwellings including a shop in Teeranea in 1911. All the houses had two rooms, the shop had one. Most of the houses had two and three windows, but one dwelling owned by Michael Burke had 4 windows. They were all second and third class houses.

Mary Browne resided in house No 1. She was 71, and a widow, head of the family. Her occupation was a farmer. She could not read. She spoke Irish and English. She had a son living with her and a daughter-in law, and they had family, four sons and a daughter. Patrick Browne was 37, there was no occupation given for him. He could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. Nora Browne, his wife was 34, she could read and write and spoke Irish and English. They were married for eight years, 5 children and they were all living. John the eldest was 7, he could not read but he spoke Irish and English, James was 6, he could not read, but spoke Irish and English. Patrick was 4, he could not read, he spoke Irish. Mary was 2, and there was also Michael, but there was no age given for him. She had a 2nd class house, with a stable, a cowhouse, a piggery and a barn. Added to Mary’s property was a shop.

Peter Thornton resided in house No 2. He was 69, married, and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. Kate Thornton, his wife was also 69. She could not read either and spoke only Irish. They were married for 50 years, and they had eight children, of whom four were still alive. There was one son living with them. Peter who was 25 years old, he was single. He could read and write and spoke Irish and English. His was a 2nd class house together with a cowhouse, a piggery and a barn.

Edward Curran resided in house No 3. He was 70, married, and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read, but he spoke Irish. Kate Curran, his wife, was also 70, she could not read either, but spoke Irish too. They were married for 40 years, and they had nine children, of whom 7 were still alive. There were 3 family members living with them, a son and two daughters. Michael was 38 and single. There was no occupation given. He could not read, he spoke Irish. Kate was 24, there was no occupation given for her. It doesn’t say whether she could read or write but she spoke Irish and English. Julia Curran was 22, again it doesn’t say whether, she could read or write, but she also spoke Irish and English. Theirs was a 3rd class house and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery.

Edward Curran resided in house No 4. He was 53, married and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read but spoke, Irish and English. Mary Curran his wife, was 48, she could not read, but spoke Irish. They were married for 22 years. They had 6 children, of which 5 were still alive. There were three sons and a daughter living with them. Thomas the eldest, who was 20, could not read but spoke Irish and English. There was no occupation given for him. John was 18, he could not read, but spoke Irish and English, there was no occupation given for him. Bridget was 16, she could not read but spoke Irish. James was 14, he could not read but spoke Irish. Sarah, who was 12, was the only scholar. She could read and write and spoke Irish and English. They had a 2nd class house, a cow house and a piggery.

Mary Curran resided in house No 5. She was 71, a widow and head of the family. Her occupation was a farmer. She could not read, but she spoke Irish. Catherine Curran, her daughter was the only one living with her in the house at the time. She was 55, there was no occupation given. She could not read, but also spoke Irish. There was no more information given. She had a 3rd class house and a cow house.

Thomas Duffy resided in house No 6. He was 77, married and head of the family. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read but spoke Irish. Sarah Duffy his wife, was 72, she could not read. They were married for 60 years. They had eight children, all still living, but presuming 7, of them emigrated, as there is only one son living with them. His name was Michael 30, no occupation given. He could not read, but spoke Irish and English. They had a 3rd class house, a cow house and a piggery.

John Browne, resided in House No 7. He was 69, married and head of the family.   His occupation was a farmer. He could read and write and he spoke Irish and English. Mary Browne his wife, was 46, she could read and write and spoke Irish and English. They were married for 21 years, and they had 7 children, with one having passed away, Michael was 20, he could read and write and spoke Irish and English. He was single. Patrick was 19, he could read and write and spoke Irish and English, as did Thomas 17, and John 15. Mary was a scholar, she could read and write and she spoke Irish and English, and the youngest Bridget, 7, was a scholar, but she could not read. She spoke Irish and English. They had a 2nd class house, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

John Lowry, resided in House No 8. He was 69, married and head of the household. His occupation was a farmer. He could not read, but spoke Irish.   Kate Lowry was his wife, she was 51, she could not read either, but spoke Irish.   They were married for 27 years. There were 10 children born, with seven still living. Michael 19, could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. Bridget 17, could read and write, and she spoke Irish and English. Patrick was 15, he could read and write and he spoke Irish and English, David 9, was a scholar, he could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Bridget Lowry the Grandmother also lived in the house, she was 73, s widow, she only spoke Irish, she could not read or write. They had a 2nd class house, a stable, a cowhouse and a piggery.

John McDonagh resided in house No 9. He was 42, and head of the family.  His occupation was a farmer, he could not read but he spoke Irish. He was married to Mary McDonagh, who was 43, she could not read, but also spoke Irish. They were married for 14 years. They had 8, children, all surviving except one. Bridget McDonagh, the grandmother also lived in the house with the family. Kate was 13, she could read and write and, she spoke Irish and English, Patrick was 11, he could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Bridget was 9, she could read and write and spoke Irish and English, Mary was 7, she could not read, she spoke Irish and English. Julia was 5, she could not read, but she spoke Irish. John was 3, and the baby Michael was 1 They had a 3rd class house, a cow house and a barn.

Thady Browne resided in house No 10. He was 41, married and head of the family. He was a farmer. He could read and write, and he spoke Irish and English. He was married to Kate Browne, who was 40, she could not read but she spoke Irish and English. They were married for 6 years and they had four children. Patrick was 5, he could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. Michael john was 4, he spoke Irish. Thady was 3, and Mary was 1. They had a 2nd class house, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

Michael Browne resided in house No 11. He was 71, married and head of the family. He was a farmer. He could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. He was married to Mary Browne who was 50. They were married for 31 years, and had eight children, while two had passed away. She could not read either, but spoke Irish and English. They had two daughters and a son. Margaret was 17, she could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Sarah was 15, she could read and write and also spoke Irish and English. Michael, who was 14, was a scholar, he could read and write and spoke Irish and English. They had a 2nd class house, a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

Michael Burke resided in house No 12. He was 49, married and head of the family. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He could read and write and spoke Irish and English. His wife Catherine was 50, she could read and write and she spoke Irish and English. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. They were all able to read and write and spoke Irish and English except the youngest who could not read. John 22, was a carpenter, Michael was 18, Bridget was 16. Thady was 14, he was a scholar, Patrick 12, and Elizabeth 10, were both scholars. Frances the youngest was 7. Their house was 2nd class and they had a cow house, a piggery and a workshop.

John Thornton resided in house No 13. He was 37, married and head of the family. He was a farmer and a grocer. He could not read but he spoke Irish and English. He was married to Anne Thornton, she was 32, she could read and write and spoke Irish and English. They were married for 6 years. They had four children, but two passed away. John was 4, he could not read, but he spoke Irish and English. They also had a daughter Mary. There was no age given for her. They had a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, which included a shop. They also had a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

Julia Lowry resided in house No 14. She was 70, a widow and head of the family. She was a farmer. She could not read and only spoke Irish. Her son was living with her, he was 23, there was no name given for him. He could read and write and spoke Irish and English. This was a 3rd class house, with a cow house and a piggery.

 

 

 

This page was added on 05/10/2016.

Comments about this page

  • Barbara:

    Sarah Thornton, mentione in your article on Teeranea, emigrated to Pittsburgh and is buried in our family plot. She died of appnedicitis at an early age and worked as a servant. I am assuming she was the niece or cousin of my Great Grandmother whose maiden name was Mary Browne. My great grandmother’s parents were James Browne and Winifred Thornton. I am pretty sure now based on your article that My great grandmother was from Teerenea. She emigrated to the US in 1872. At any rate I found your article very informative in and helped connect my great grandmother and Sarah Thornton. My next trip to Ireland willl include a trip to Teerenea. Is there a roman catholic church that might have some baptismal records. Thanks

    By Bill Nee (29/09/2017)

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