Derradda – Doire Fhada – Long Derry or Oak Wood

The earliest reference to this townland, in the Ordnance Survey Name Books was during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) when the name was spelled Derreaddae and Derryadde. The standard name was given as Derradda, and the Irish form as Doire Fhada, meaning long derry or oak wood.  George D.H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan wrote the name of the townland as Derryadda.  The Irish Placenames Commission also writes the Irish form as Doire Fhada.

Location

Derradda is bounded by Magheramore, Inga (Nail), Lisaniska North, Lisaniska South, Kilmore, Garryad and Garryduff and contained a number of farmhouses, limekilns, two sand pits, a children’s grave-yard and a portion of bog.

Census 1841, 1851

Census statistics showed that in the decade between 1841 and 1851, the population dropped by seventy two, from one hundred and five to thirty three people.  A major decline is also noted in the houses, which decreased from seventeen down to six.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

According to Griffith’s Valuation, the townland contained two hundred and thirty acres and thirty seven perches of land.  Two landowners were mentioned – Lawless (first name not given) and Michael Carroll.  The latter owned twelve acres and thirty three perches, which he leased out to Patrick Campbell, who held a house and office (shed) on the land.  The main landowner, Mr Lawless, held two plots of bog for himself, totalling seventeen acres, two roods and eight perches.  Tenants, who rented land only from Mr. Lawless, were Michael Kelly, Michael Carroll, Michael Whelan and Patrick Noone.  Michael Mullin held a house and land, while Michael Whelan and Patrick Noone held a house and land each, on a plot of fourteen acres one rood and two perches.  Michael Pelly held a herd’s house on twenty five acres and thirty four perches of land.  Michael Fenaghty (sic) and Catherine Cullinan held a house, office(s) and land.  James Kelly and Martin Kelly each held a house and offices, on a plot of eighty three acres and seven perches, at a total annual valuation of £33.15s.0d.

Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

Census statistics for 1861 showed fifty eight people living in ten houses.  By 1871 sixty eight people occupied nine houses and sixty two people resided in those nine houses in 1881.  The number of people living in the same nine houses in 1891 had declined to forty two.

1901 Census

The 1901 census listed nine houses in Derradda (North).

Bridget Kelly

Form A in the 1901 census showed Bridget Kelly, aged 70, as head of family, in house 1, in the townland of Derradda.  Her occupation was given as farmer and she was widowed.  Her daughter Maria, 38, was not married and her occupation was given as farmer’s daughter.  Her son, James, 37, was also not married and he was listed as farmer’s son.  Two other daughters, Anne, 26 and Margaret, 24, were listed as farmer’s daughters and were not married.  Their religious profession was Roman Catholic and they all could read and write and were born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 – House and Building Return showed Bridget’s 2nd class private dwelling was built on her own holding.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  The house had 3 front windows and they occupied 4 rooms.

Form B 2 – Return of Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings showed they had a stable, a cow house, a barn as out-offices.

Bridget Kelly signed the census form which was collected on April 6th.  Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Mary Kelly

Residents in house 2, in 1901, were the Kelly family.  Mary Kelly, aged 65, was head of family and was widowed.  Her 2 sons, William, 32, and Timothy, 25, were listed as farmer’s sons and they were not married.  Her 2 daughters Mary A, 28, and Bridget, 26, were given as farmer’s daughters and were also not married.  They were Roman Catholic and were all born in Co. Galway and could read and write.

Mary Kelly owned the land where her 2nd class private dwelling and 6 out-offices were built.  The house roof was thatch and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Listed on Form B 2 were their 6 out-offices which consisted of a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

The census form was collected on April 6th and Mary Kelly signed it.  Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John Daly

Form A (Household return) showed John Daly and his family in house 3 in 1901.  He was a farmer, aged 70, and was married to Maria aged 45.  John could not read but Maria could read.  Their 3 children, listed as scholars, were: William, 11, John, 9, and Mark K, 6 and they could read and write.  Their religion was Roman Catholic and they were born in Co. Galway.

No. 3 house on Form B 1 was given as 2nd class and was built on John’s own land.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  There were 3 windows to the front and they occupied 3 rooms.

Their 5 out-offices listed on form B 2 were: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 shed.

As head of family, John’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Jno. E. Harte, Constable, who was also the Enumerator.   The form was collected on April 6th.

John Finnerty 

Form A showed John Finnerty, aged 47, a farmer, was head of family in house 4, in 1901.  He was married to Mary, also aged 47, and 3 of their sons were listed as farmer’s sons and were not married.  William was aged 20, Michael, 18, and Martin, 17 and their daughter Sarah was 16 and her profession was given as farmer’s daughter and she was not married.  Their 3 other children were scholars; Mary, aged 12, Peter, 10, and John, 8, and they were all born in Co. Galway.  They were Roman Catholic and could read and write.

John Finnerty was a landholder and his 2nd class private dwelling had a thatch roof and walls of stone/brick or concrete.  It had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Form B 2 listed their 4 out-offices as a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

John Finnerty signed the census form which was collected on April 6th.  Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John Callanan

House number 5 was that of the Callanan family in Derradda in 1901.  John was head of family and was a farmer, aged 56.  He was married to Catherine, 53.  Their son, Tom, aged 26, was given as farmer’s son and was not married.  Their daughter, Katie, 22, was a  dressmaker and was not married.  They could all read and write and were born in Co. Galway and they were Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed that John Callanan owned the land where his 3rd class private dwelling was built.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 2 front windows and they occupied 2 rooms.

Form B 2 listed their 6 out-offices as a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

John Callanan signed the census form and Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.  It was collected on April 6th.

House 6 

On Form B 1 House and Building Return showed house 6 was built on the holding of Michael Kelly and Form B 2 showed no out-offices.

Margaret Malone

Form A showed Margaret Malone as head of family in house 7.  She was a 56 year old farmer and was widowed.  Her son, Fardy, 22, listed as farmer’s son, was not married.   Her other son, Joseph, was 18 and a carpenter and was also not married.  The 3 of them could read and write and were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed that house 7 was built on Margaret’s own holding.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It was listed as a 3rd class private dwelling.  It had 2 front windows and they occupied 2 rooms.

Their 4 out-offices included a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

Margaret Malone signed the census form which was collected on April 6th and Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John Whelan 

John Whelan was head of family in house 8 in Derradda.  He was a 33 year old farmer who could read only.  He was married to Kate, 27, and she could read and write.  Their son Thomas, 5, was a scholar and another son, William, was aged 4.  Their daughter, Mary E was aged 2 and another son, John, was 11 months.  Ellen Comer, listed as John’s cousin, was aged 30 and she could read and write and was not married.  They were Roman Catholic and were all born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 showed that John Whelan owned the land where his 3rd class private dwelling was built.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete and it had 2 front windows.  The family occupied 2 rooms.

Their 3 out-offices were a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

John Whelan’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Jno. E. Harte, Constable, and the form was collected on April 6th.

Joseph Campbell

Form A, of the 1901 census, listed Joseph Campbell as head of family in house no. 9.  He was a 22 year old farmer, who could read and write and was not married.  His mother, Eliza, aged 74, was listed as farmer’s mother and was widowed.  She could read and spoke Irish and English.  Joseph’s sister, Maria, 36, was given as farmer’s sister and was not married and she could read and write.  They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed that Joseph was the landholder where his 2nd class private dwelling was built.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 2 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Their 2 out-offices were a cow house and a piggery.

Joseph Campbell signed the census form and it was collected on April 6th.  Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

1911 Census

Seven houses were recorded in the 1911 census, the surnames remaining the same except that the name Campbell no longer appeared.

John Daly

Form A of the 1911 census listed John Daly as head of family, in house 1, in 1911 in the townland of Derradda.  He was a 79 year old farmer who could read and write and spoke Irish and English.  He was married to Maria, aged 53, for 22 years and they had 3 children with 2 still living.  Their son, William, 21, was single and his occupation was given as farmer.  Their other son, John, 19, was also a farmer and single.  All the family could read and write.  They were born in Co. Galway and their religious profession was given as Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed John Daly was the landholder and his 2nd class private dwelling had a thatch roof and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete.  The house had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Form B 2 showed house 1 had 5 out-offices: a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery and a barn.

  1. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator and John Daly signed the census form which was collected on April 15th 1911.

Mary Kelly

Household Return (Form A) showed Mary Kelly as head of family in house 2 in Derradda.  She was a 78 year old widow and spoke Irish and English.  Her son William, 45, a farmer, was married to Mary, 37, for 5 years and they had 3 living children.  The 3 sons were: Francis, 2, John, 1, and William was under 1 month.  The 3 adults could read and write, were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed Mary Kelly was the landholder and their 2nd class private dwelling had a thatch roof and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  The house had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Their 5 out-offices listed on Form B 2 were: 2 stables, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 barn.

Mary Kelly signed the census form and J. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.  The form was collected on 15th April 1911.

Maria Kelly

Head of family in house 3 on Form A was Maria Kelly aged 52.  Residing with her were her sisters, Anne, 40 and Margaret, 35 and a cousin, Maria Stankard, 56, and all were listed as single.  They were born in Co. Galway and their religious profession was Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed that house 3 was 2nd class and Maria Kelly was the landholder.  The roof was thatch and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 3 front windows and they occupied 4 rooms.

Form B 2 showed that their 7 out-offices consisted of 2 stables, 1 cow house, 1 coach house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery and a barn.

Maria Kelly signed the census form and it was collected on April 15th.   J. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

ohn Finnerty

John Finnerty was head of family in house 4 in Derradda in 1911.  He was a 60 year old farmer and was married to Mary, aged 65, for 31 years and they had 7 living children at this time.  Their 4 sons, listed as farmers and single, were: William, 30, Martin, 25, Patrick, 23, and John, 21.   Their daughter Sarah, 27, was also single.  They were born in Co. Galway and all could read and write.  Their religious profession was given as Roman Catholic.

Form B 1 showed that John Finnerty was the landholder and his 2nd class private dwelling had a thatch roof and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete.  The house had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Their 6 out-offices were: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

John Finnerty signed the census form.  J. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.  The form was collected on April 15th.

Catherine Callanan

Catherine Callanan, aged 72, was a widow and was head of family in house 5 in 1911.  Her son, Thomas, 31, was listed as farmer and her daughter, Katie, was 21 and they were both single.  Catherine could read and the others could read and write.  They were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 showed Catherine was the landholder where her 2nd class private dwelling was built.  The roof was thatch and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 3 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

Six out-offices were listed for house 5 on Form B 2 and they included a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn.

Catherine Callanan’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by J. M. Mullooly, Constable, and it was collected on April 15th.

Fardy Malone

Resident of house 6 in Derradda was Fardy Malone who was head of family.  Form A showed he was a 34 year old farmer and was married to Teresa, aged 30.  They were married 6 years and had 3 living children at that time.  Joe, their son, aged 5, was given as scholar. Their daughters were Margaret aged 3, and Annie, who was 7 months old.  They were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  They spoke English and the parents could read and write.

House 6 was listed as 2nd class and was built on Fardy Malone’s own holding.  The roof was thatch and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 2 front windows and they occupied 3 rooms.

A stable, a barn and a shed were given in Form B 2 as their out-offices.

Fardy Malone signed the census form which was collected on April 15th.  J. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John Whelan

There were 11 people in house 7 on the night of the 1911 census in the townland of Derradda.  John Whelan, aged 45, was a farmer and was married to Katie, 36, for 17 years and they had 8 living children.  John could not read and Katie could read and write.  Their 7 sons were listed on Form A:   Tomy (sic), aged 15, who could read and write and was single; Willie, 14, John, 11, Christy, 9, and Jimmie, 7, who were recorded as scholars; Joe was aged 4 and Brendan was 1 year old.

John’s mother-in-law, Bridget Mansfield, was 65 and was widowed.  His niece Francis Gallagher, was 15 and single.  Bridget was born in Co. Meath and Francis was born in Jersey City.  All could read and write, except Jimmie, who could read only.  John (snr.) was born in Co. Galway, his wife Katie was born in Co. Meath and their son Tomy was born in New York.  The 4 scholars and 2 youngest were born in Co. Galway.

John Whelan was the landholder where his 3rd class private dwelling was built.  The roof was thatch or wood and the walls were stone/brick or concrete.  It had 2 front windows and they occupied 4 rooms.

Their 4 out-offices listed on Form B 2 consisted of a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

John Whelan’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by J. M. Mullooly, Constable, who was also the Enumerator, and it was collected on 15th April.

 

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