It is uncertain when the name of this townland first appeared. The Ordnance Survey Name Books gave the standard name as Correy and Corry, the Irish form as Carraidh, meaning a weir. Rev. Francis Coghlan wrote the name as Correy, while George D.H. Kirkaldy contributed the following: ‘unknown unless Carhue – it is well known’. The Placenames Commission records it today as An Chora.
The townland of Corry is bordered by Derrysiskel, Magheramore, Rusheeny, Ahanduffmore and Rathmore Ahanduff. The townland contained a few houses, an amount of arable land and some planting in hedgerows.
Census 1841, 1851
In 1841 the census statistics recorded thirty five people living in four houses, with a reduction by 1851 to twenty five people living in the same number of houses.
Griffith’s Valuation 1855
Griffith’s Valuation gave the acreage as one hundred and thirty three acres, two roods and thirteen perches. The main landowner was Lord Dunsandle, who leased out the land in four holdings. The tenants were: Anne Larkin, who had a house and offices on fifty acres, one rood and thirteen perches of land, and Anne Walsh who rented out two plots, the first containing twenty four acres, three roods and thirty nine perches, the second plot, on which there was a house and offices, measured fifty five acres and sixteen perches. James Coughlan and George D.H. Kirkaldy held small amounts of land on which there was no house. Ann Larkin owned one acre and twenty three perches, which she rented out to John Moran.
Census 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891
Census statistics showed eleven people living in two houses in 1861 and 1881. Eight people occupied two houses in 1871 and in 1891 these two houses accommodated nine people.
The 1901 census listed two families in Corry, namely Brodericks and Larkins.
John Broderick, a 38 year old farmer, lived with his wife Bridget, aged 26, in Corry. Also in the house was James Harah (sic), an 18 year old farm servant. All residents were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic and could read and write.
The house was listed as being 3rd class, with 2 rooms, 2 windows in front, a roof of thatch or wood, and walls of stone, brick or concrete. John was named as the landholder on whose holding the house stood.
There were 4 out-offices with this dwelling house. The out-offices could not be identified as Form B 2 was not available on-line.
John Broderick signed the census form which was collected on 5th April. The Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable.
Mary Larkin was a 45 year old widow whose occupation was given as farmer. Also in the house were her 14 year old son, John, and her brother-in-law, Philip Larkin, 60, a farm servant. All 3 were Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway and were able to read and write.
Their private dwelling, listed as 2nd class of house, was built on Mary’s own land. There were 3 windows in front, 2 rooms, stone/ brick or concrete walls, and a thatch or wood roof. The out-offices numbered 5 but could not be identified as Form B 2 was not available on-line.
Miichael Mulligan, Constable, was the Enumerator and Mary Larkin signed the census form which was collected on April 5th.
The 1911 census showed the resident family names remained the same.
John Broderick, 38, his wife, Bridget, 31, and their 4 children lived in house 1 in Corry. John and Bridget were married 9 years. Their children were: Patrick aged 8, Mary Agnes who was 6, John Joseph was 4 and Michael’s age was 9 months. Patrick and Mary Agnes were scholars and they, together with their parents, could read and write. Patrick and Mary Agnes could speak Irish and English. Maria Cannon, a 45 year old domestic servant and a farm servant, named Michael Houlihan, also resided in this farmer’s house. Michael could read and write but Maria was unable to do so. All residents were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.
John owned the land on which his private dwelling was situated. Described as a 2nd class house, it had 2 front windows, walls of stone/brick or concrete, a thatch or wood roof and 3 rooms.
There were 9 out-offices on the holding: 2 stables and 2 calf houses, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.
John Broderick signed the census form which was collected on April 17th. The Enumerator was William Pender, Constable.
Note: John Broderick’s age was given as 38 in both the 1901 and 1911 census.
Mary Larkin, and her 25 year old son, John, lived in Corry. Mary was a widow and John was listed as a farmer’s son. Mary’s brother-in-law, Philip Larkin, a 73 year old old-age-pensioner, lived with them. Also in the house was a farm servant, 18 year old Francis Hayes. All residents were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic and could read and write. Mary and John could speak Irish and English.
Mary’s house, listed as 2nd class, had 3 rooms, stone/ brick or concrete walls, a slate/iron or tiled roof and 3 front windows, and was built on her own holding.
The 7 out-offices included 2 stables, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.
The Enumerator was Willian Pender, Constable, and Mary Larkin signed the census form which was collected on April 17th.