Derrew – Derrhue – Doireadh – Na Doiriú

Derhow and Derrew were the standard names given to this townland in the Ordnance Survey Name Books.  The Irish form of the name was shown as Doireadh, but the meaning was not given.  George D.H. Kirkaldy wrote it as Derrue or Derhue, and Rev. Francis Coghlan also wrote it as Derhue.  The Irish form of the name as now given by the Placenames Commission is Na Doiriú.

Location

It stretches between Eskerboy, Claremadden, Kilcrow, Aghany, Innisdeligney and Lurganmore in the parish of Abbeygormican.   The townland contained a village of the same name, a few farmhouses, a small portion of bog and the remainder of the townland was arable.

Census 1841, 1851

Strange to relate that, despite the Great Famine, census statistics showed that the population increased from one hundred and twenty nine people in 1841, to one hundred and fifty nine in 1851.  Twenty houses were recorded in 1841 and twenty two in 1851.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

Griffith’s Valuation gave the acreage as one hundred and fifty acres, three roods and thirty two perches of land at a total annual valuation of £75.0s 0d.  The landowner was John P. Nolan, who retained thirty perches for himself, on which was a cottier’s house and garden.  One holding of eighty seven acres, three roods and twenty five perches was subdivided and leased out to Hugh Reilly, John Cloonane, James Lowry, John Broderick, Michael Reilly and Patrick Cloonane, each tenant holding a house, offices and land.  A further holding of forty one acres, two roods and twenty nine perches was leased out to Patrick Gormley junior, Patk.Gormley senior, Ptk. Gormley (Ruadh), James White and Patrick Broderick.  Four of these tenants held a house, offices and land, while Ptk. Gormley (Ruadh) held a house on the land.  He also held a cottier’s house on three acres, two roods and eight perches of land.  James White, Patrick Gormley, junior, Patrick Broderick, Patrick Gormley senior, held other small amounts of land totalling seventeen acres, two roods and twenty perches.

Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

Census statistics for 1861 recorded a population of sixty nine people living in fourteen houses.  In 1871 sixty four people occupied fourteen houses.  By 1881 both population and houses had declined with fifty six people residing in twelve houses.

1901 Census

The 1901 census recorded eleven houses in Derrew.

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan, a 57 year old farmer, and his wife, Catherine, aged 60, lived in Derrew. Michael, head of family, and Catherine were Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway and neither person could read.

Their house, a private dwelling, and built on Michael’s own holding, was described as 3rd class.  It had 2 front windows, a thatch or wood roof, stone/brick or concrete walls and 2 rooms.

There was 1 out-office on the holding – a cow house.

The census form notes that one person in the family was sick on 31st March, 1901.

The Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable, who witnessed Michael Brennan’s x mark on the census.  The form was collected on April 6th.

John Broderick

John Broderick, aged 50, and his wife Maria, 35 years, lived with their 6 children.  John was head of family, a farmer, and could not read.  Their children were: Mary, aged 13, Kate 11 years, Michael who was 8, 5 year old Thomas, John, aged 4 and Patrick who was 2.  Four of the family could read and write; Maria, Mary, Kate and Michael.  All family members were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.

Their house, built on John’s own holding, had a wood or thatch roof, stone/brick or concrete walls, 2 windows in front and 2 rooms.  Similar to others, this private dwelling was described as 3rd class.

John had 2 out-offices, a barn and a shed.

John Broderick signed the census form which was collected on April 6th.  The Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable.

Patrick Cloonan

Patrick Cloonan lived with his wife, Ellen, his mother-in-law, Bridget Rock, and his 3 children.  The children listed were: 24 year old John, described as a farmer’s son, Bridget who was an 11 year old scholar and Mary E, 4 years, also a scholar.  Bridget Rock’s occupation was given as nurse and she was a widow, aged 63.  Patrick was 65 and Ellen was 41 years of age.  All occupants were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  Mary E and Bridget were unable to read and write.

Patrick and his family occupied 3 rooms in a 2nd class house built on his own holding.  The house had a thatch or wood roof, walls of stone/brick or concrete and 3 front windows.

The 5 out-offices included 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed.

The Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable.   The census form was signed by Patrick Clooonan and collected on April 6th.

Thomas Connelly

Thomas Connelly, a 62 year old labourer, and his wife, Mary aged 60, had one daughter  Ellie, according to the 1901 census.  Ellie was 17 years of age and could read and write whereas her parents were unable to do so.  All 3 family members were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.

Their private dwelling, listed as 3rd class, was built on Thomas’s own holding.  Two rooms were occupied by the family, there was 1 front window, the roof was of thatch or wood, and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete.

There was no record of any out-offices with this house.

Michael Mulligan, Constable, witnessed Thomas Connelly’s mark x on the census form.  The form was collected on April 6th.

Thomas Gormilly

Thomas Gormilly was an 80 year old farmer, and head of family, who lived with his sister and brother-in-law.  His sister, Bridget, was 60 years of age and his brother-in-law, John, 50, was also a farmer.  Both Bridget and John could read, while Thomas could not, but could speak Irish and English.  All 3 were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway.

Their house, which was built on Thomas’s holding, had 2 rooms, 2 front windows, a slate/iron or tiled roof, and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete.

There was 1 out-office, a cow house.

Thomas Gormilly’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Michael Mulligan, Constable.  The form was collected on April 6th.

Michael Gormilly

Michael Gormilly lived with his sister, Annie.  Michael was 60 years of age and Annie was 54 years.  Patrick Hough, a 13 year old farm labourer, also lived in the house.  Patrick was unable to read but Michael and Annie could do so.  All residents were born in Co. Galway and their religion was Roman Catholic.  Michael was a widower; Annie and Patrick were unmarried.

Michael’s house was a 2 room private dwelling, listed as 3rd class and built on his own holding.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete.  The roof was of thatch or wood and there were 2 front windows.

Michael had 1 out-office, a cow house.

Michael Gormilly’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Michael Mulligan, Constable.  The form was collected on April 6th.

Patrick Greally

Patrick Greally, a widower and farmer, and his 2 sons lived in Derrew.  Patrick was aged 70 years; his elder son, James, was 23 and his younger son, Patrick, was a 22 year old agricultural labourer.  The father was unable to read but could speak Irish and English.  The sons, both single, could not read.  All 3 were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Their house, listed as 2ndclass, was built on Patrick’s own holding.  The roof was of thatch or wood and had 2 rooms.  The walls were built from stone/brick or concrete and there were 3 front windows.

A cow house was the only out-office recorded.

Patrick Greally’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Michael Mulligan, Constable. The form was collected on April 6th.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly was 27 years old and was a farmer.  His wife, Bridget, was 26.  Their daughter, Mary A, was 2 years old.  There was a visitor in the house, Mary Kilkenny, a 15 year old farmer’s daughter.  Patrick, Bridget and Mary could read and write.  The 4 residents were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.

Patrick’s house, described as 3rd class, was built on his own holding and had 2 rooms.  There were 2 windows in front, a roof of thatch or wood and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete.

Two out-offices were listed: a cow house and a piggery.

Pat Kelly signed the census form which was collected on April 6th and the Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable.

Hugh Monahan

Hugh Monahan was a 73 year old farmer who lived with his 68 year old wife, Bridget.  Also living in the house were their son, Patt, his wife Catherine and their 6 children.  Patt was 43 and Catherine was 42.  Their children ranged in age from 15 years down: Mary was 15, and Julia was 13; Michael was 10, Hugh was 6, Martin was 3 and Patrick’s age was not listed.  All residents were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  The 3 younger family members could not read and write.  In addition to reading and writing, Hugh and Bridget could speak Irish and English.

The Monahan’s house was built on Hugh’s own holding, and was recorded as a 2nd class of house.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete, the roof was thatch or wood, and there were 3 windows in the front of the 3 room building.

The 5 out-offices consisted of a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed.

Hugh Monahan signed the census form which was collected on April 6th.  The Enumerator was Michael Mulligan, Constable.

Michael Reilly

Michael Reilly, his wife Bridget and his family were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  All the family could read and write and Michael could speak Irish and English.  Michael, aged 68, was head of family and a farmer.  Bridget was 53 years old.  Their 5 children, who were all single, were: Jerome aged 24, 21 year old Mary, Kate who was 18, Michael, 17, and Hugh who was 11 years.

Their private dwelling, listed as 3rd class of house, was built on Michael’s own holding.  There were 2 windows in front, a thatch or wood roof and walls of stone/brick or concrete.  Two rooms were occupied.

Five out-offices were listed: a shed, a barn, a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

Michael Mulligan, Constable, was the Enumerator and Michael Reilly signed the census form which was collected on April 6th.

1911 Census

By the 1911 census the names Gormilly and Brennan had disappeared, while new names listed were Gantly and Fahy.  Derrew still contained eleven private dwellings, with one house unoccupied, Patrick Kelly being the named landholder.

John Broderick   

John Broderick was a married farmer who, in 1911, lived with his wife and 4 sons.  John was 65 years of age and his wife Mary was 38.  The sons were: Thomas aged 16, John who was 14, Patrick, 12 and Martin, 9 years.  All family members were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Bridget and her sons could read and write but her husband could not do so.  Thomas was the only one listed as being unable to speak Irish and English.  John and Mary were married for 28 years, had 8 children born alive with 7 children still living.  John was a landholder on which his private dwelling was built.

The house, listed as 3rd class, had walls of stone/brick or concrete, a roof of thatch or wood, 2 windows in front, and 2 rooms occupied by the family.

Three out-offices were recorded: a cow house, a calf house and a piggery.

The census form was collected on 3rd April 1911 and the Enumerator, J. M. Mullooly, Constable, witnessed John Broderick’s mark x on the form.

Patrick Cloonan

Patrick Cloonan, his wife, mother-in-law, 2 daughters, son-in-law and grandson lived in house 7 in Derrew.  All family members were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Patrick and Thomas were listed as farmers.  Patrick was 78 and his wife was 52 years.  Bridget Rock, the mother-in-law, was 72; Thomas Rock, the son-in-law, was 31; his wife, Bridget, was 22; the grandson, John Joseph Rock, was 1 year old and Patrick’s second daughter, Mary Ellen Cloonan, was 14.  Both Patrick and Bridget Rock could speak Irish and English, but Bridget could not read.  The other family members, except John Joseph, could read and write.  Bridget Rock, a widow, was married for 33 years, had 8 children born alive with 2 still living.  Thomas and Bridget Rock were married for 2 years with a 1 year old son, John Joseph.

Patrick’s private dwelling, listed as a 2nd class house, was built on his own holding.  The house had 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof, stone/brick or concrete walls, and 3 rooms.

Three out-offices were recorded: a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

The Enumerator was J. M. Mullooly, Constable, who collected the census form on April 3rd.  The form was signed by Patrick Cloonan.

Thomas Connolly/Connly/Coneily

Thomas Connolly/Connly, was listed in the 1911 census as being a farm servant.  He was 76 years old; his wife, Mary, was aged 74; his daughter, Ellen, was 28 and her husband, John Stanton, also a farm servant, was 31 years.  All occupants were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Thomas and Mary were married for 51 years, had 9 children, 6 of whom were still living.  John and Ellen were married for 1 year.  Neither Thomas nor Mary could read but both spoke Irish and English.  John and Ellen were able to read and write.

Thomas owned the holding on which his house, a private dwelling, was built.  It was listed as a 3rd class of house, with 2 rooms occupied, a wood or thatch roof, and walls of mud/wood or other perishable material, and 2 windows in front.

One out-office was listed: a fowl house.

The census form was collected on April 3rd and Thomas Coneily’s mark x was witnessed by the Enumerator, J. M. Mullooly, Constable.

James Fahy

James Fahy, a 43 year old single farmer, lived in house 5 in Derrew.  He was born in Co. Galway and was Roman Catholic.  James could read and write.

He had a private dwelling, which was listed as 3rd class of house, and was built on his own holding.  It had 2 rooms, 2 front windows, stone/brick or concrete walls and a thatch or wood roof.

James had 2 out-offices: a piggery and a shed.

The Enumerator was J. M. Mullooly, Constable, and the census form, signed by James Fahy was collected on April 3rd.

John Gantley

John Gantley, aged 58, lived with his wife Bridget Gantley, who was 74.  John, a farmer, could read and write.  Bridget could neither read nor write but was able to speak Irish and English.  Both were born in Co. Galway, were both Roman Catholic, were married for 20 years but did not have any children.

John was a landholder and his private dwelling was described as 3rd class.  The house had 2 front windows, stone/brick or concrete walls, a thatch or wood roof, and 2 rooms.

The 2 out-offices were listed as a piggery and a cow house.

The census form was signed by John Gantley and was collected on 3rd April.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

Patrick Greally   

Patrick Greally and his son, James, lived in house 1 in Derrew.  Patrick was 78 years and a widower.  James was 32 and single in 1911.  Both were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic and recorded as being farmers.  James could read and write; his father could not do so, but could speak Irish and English.

Patt (sic) head of family, was the landholder on which the house stood.  His 2ndclass house had 3 rooms, 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof and walls of stone/brick or concrete.

Three out-offices were listed: a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

The Enumerator, J. M. Mullooly, Constable, witnessed Patrick’s mark x on the census form. The form was collected on April 3rd.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly, a farmer, and his wife, Bridget were 12 years married and had a son and daughter, Michael Francis and Mary Anne.  Patrick was 33 years, Bridget was 32.  Mary Anne was 10 and Michael Francis was 5 years old.  All family members were Roman Catholic, and were born in Co. Galway; Patrick, Bridget and Mary Anne could read and write.

Their private dwelling, described as a 3rd class house, was built on Patrick’s own holding; the walls were of stone/brick or concrete, the roof of thatch or wood; it had 2 rooms and 2 front windows.

Kellys had 3 out-offices: a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

Patrick Kelly, as head of family, signed the census form, which was collected on 3rd. April.

The Enumerator was J. M. Mullooly, Constable.

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan, his wife Catherine, his 5 children and his mother lived in house 8 in Derrew.  Patrick, aged 54, and Catherine, 53, were married 26 years and had 6 children, all of whom were still living.  The 5 children in the house in 1911 were all single.  Mary, 25 years, Julia, a dressmaker, was 23, Hugh was 16, Martin 14, and Patrick was aged 10.  Patrick’s mother, Bridget, married for 55 years, a widow, was 80 years old.  All family members were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic and could read and write.  Patrick, Martin and Bridget could speak English and Irish, and the other 4 spoke English.

The Monahan 2nd class house had 3 rooms, 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof, and brick/stone or concrete walls.

The 4 out-offices were a stable, a cow house, a calf house and a piggery.

The Enumerator was J. M. Mullooly, Constable.  Patt (sic) Monahan signed the census form which was collected on 3rdApril.

Bridget Reilly

Bridget Reilly was aged 69 and listed as head of family.  Living with her were her son, Michael, aged 28, a second son, Hugh, who was 26 and her 72 year old brother-in-law, Darby, all of whom were single.  All residents were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic and could read and write.  The men were described as farmers.

The Reilly’s house, built on Bridget’s holding, was 2nd class.  It had 3 rooms, 3 windows in front, a wood or thatch roof and brick/stone or concrete walls.

There were 3 out-offices on the holding: a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

The census form was collected on April 3rd and was signed by Bridget Reilly.  J. M. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Michael Reilly   

Michael Reilly, his nephew and his niece, lived in house 6 in Derrew.  Michael, aged 72 was unmarried, a farmer and head of family.  His nephew, John, a married farmer, was 28 years, and his niece, Teresa, was 26 years old.  All 3 were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic, could read and write and speak Irish and English.

Their private dwelling, described as 2nd class, was built on Michael’s holding.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete, the roof was of thatch or wood.  There were 3 rooms and 3 windows in front.

The out-offices were a stable, a cow house and a piggery.

The Enumerator was J. M. Mullooly, Constable.  The census form, signed by Michael Reilly, was collected on April 3rd. 1911.

House 11

House 11 in Derrew was built on Patrick Kelly’s holding, and was unoccupied in 1911.  No details concerning the house were listed on Form B1 – House and Building Return.

This page was added on 17/02/2017.

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