Killeen East – Killeen – Cillín – A Small Church – An Coillín Thoir

The first reference to this townland was during the reign of Charles I (1625-1649) according to the Ordnance Survey Name Books.  The standard name was given as Killeen East, the Irish form as Cillín, meaning a small church.  Both George D. H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan gave the name as Killeen East.  It is recorded today as An Coillín Thoir by the Placenames Commission.  The townland contained part of a village of the same name, a lime stone quarry, a few farmhouses, a large Danish fort called Lisglass on which there was a trigl. station, and all arable land.   Stepping stones, an eel weir, an enclosure and graveyard were shown on the Ordnance Survey Map.

Location

Killeen East lies between Poulnahincha, Moat, Poulfeeneen and Killeen West.

Census 1841, 1851

Census statistics showed eighteen people occupying four houses in the townland in 1841.  Despite the Great Famine the population increased to twenty eight people in five houses in 1851.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

The total acreage at the time of Griffith’s Valuation, was ninety eight acres, three roods and eighteen perches of land. Of the five holdings in the townland, one holding, comprising four lots, totalling forty acres and thirty three perches, was held for himself by the landowner, John Connolly.  He leased the rest of the land in four holdings.  The tenants were: Edward Nevin who held a house and land; Thomas Smith who had a house and offices (sheds) on one acre two roods and thirty seven perches of land and a further plot of land measuring one acre, three roods and five perches; Martin Moran held a house and land; Owen Meara and Mary Coolahan shared a holding of thirty acres and twenty four perches of land, the former had a house and offices while the latter had a house only.

Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

Census statistics showed that in 1861 twenty three people lived in five houses, twenty people in six houses in 1871 and nineteen people residing in six houses by 1881.  In 1891 there were 40 people in 8 houses.

1901 Census

 Patrick Meara 

In house No. 1 Patrick Meara was listed as head of family.  He was a 56 year old farmer who was married to Anne who was also 56.  Their daughter Mary was 18 and her occupation was given as farmer’s daughter and not married.  Their son Thomas was 16 and listed as farmer’s son.  Another daughter, Bridget, aged 14 was a scholar.  Two other daughters Anne and Margaret, aged 12 and 8 were also scholars.  Another daughter Ellen was aged 5.  All the family could read and write except Ellen.  All were Roman Catholics and all were born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 – House and Building Return showed that Patrick Meara was a landholder.  His private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete and it had a thatched or wood roof.  It had 3 windows to the front.  They occupied 3 rooms.

According to Form B 2 they had 4 out-offices: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

Constable Patrick Mawn was the Enumerator.  Patrick Meara signed the census form which was collected on April 3rd.

John McGann

House No. 2 in Killeen East was that of the 7 members of the McGann family.  John McGann was given as head of family, a landholder, aged 50 and a farmer.  He could not read.  His wife Catherine was 40 and could speak Irish and English and could read and write.  Their son Thomas, aged 19, a farmer’s son, not married, could read and write.  Their 15 year old daughter Ellie could read and write.  Another son Patrick, aged 11, was a scholar as was Lawrence aged 9.  They both could read and write.  Their daughter Margaret, aged 5, also a scholar could read.  They were all Roman Catholics and were born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 showed their private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete and a roof of thatch or wood.  It had 3 windows to the front and they occupied 3 rooms.

Listed on Form B 2 were their 3 out-offices: a stable, cow house and a piggery.

John McGann signed the census form which was collected on April 3rd.  Constable Patrick Mawn was the Enumerator.

Winifred Kenny

Winifred Kenny was listed as head of family in house no. 3.  She was a 59 year old widowed farmer aged 59 who could read.  She could speak Irish and English.  Her son William was 20.  He was a shop assistant, not married and could read and write.  Her daughter Margaret, aged 17, was listed as farmer’s daughter.  She was not married and could read and write.  They were Roman Catholics and all were born in Co. Gawlay.

Winifred Kenny was a landholder.  Form B 1 shows that their private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete.  It had a thatched or wooden roof and had 3 windows to the front.  They occupied 3 rooms.

Their 1 out-office was a cow house.

Winifred Kenny signed the census form which was collected on April 3rd.  The Enumerator was Constable Patrick Mawn.

Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher was head of family in house no. 4.  He was a 56 year old general labourer who was not married.  He was Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway.  He could not read.

Form B 1- House and Building Return showed Patrick Hardiman was the landholder on whose land his private dwelling was built.  It was 3rd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete.  It had 2 windows to the front.  Michael occupied 2 rooms.

Recorded on Form B 2 was 1 stable as an out-office for house 4.

Michael Gallagher’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Constable Patrick Mawn, who was also the Enumerator.  The form was collected on April 3rd.

1911 Census

 Michael Gallagher

House No. 1 in 1901 was listed as that of Michael Gallagher who was head of family.  He was widowed, aged 73 and a farm servant.  He could not read.  He was Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway.

Patt Hardiman was the landholder and Michael’s private dwelling was 3rdclass.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete with a thatch or wood roof and it had 2 windows to the front.  He occupied 2 rooms.

No out-offices were listed on Form B 1 – House and Building Return.

Michael Gallagher signed the census form and the Enumerator was William Pender, Constable, and it was collected on April 8th.

John McGann

John McGann was a landholder and head of family in house No. 2 in Killeen East.  He was a 60 year old farmer who could read and write.  He was married to Catherine for 30 years.  She was 55 and could also read and write.  She could speak Irish and English.  They had 8 children living.  Their son Thomas, aged 28, was single and his occupation was given as farmer’s son.  Their son Laurence was 18, single, and also farmer’s son.  Their daughter Margaret aged 15 was single and could speak Irish and English.  All the children could also read and write.  They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.

Their private dwelling was 2nd class.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete and it had 3 windows to the front.  It had a thatch or wood roof.  They occupied 3 rooms.

They had 4 out-offices which were listed on Form B 2: a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

John McGann signed the census form and the Enumerator was William Pender, Constable.  It was collected April 8th.

Patrick Mera

Patrick Mera was head of family in house No. 3.  He was a 66 year old farmer and was widowed.  His son Thomas, aged 24, was single.  His daughter Mary, aged 27 was single as was another daughter Annie who was 20.  All in the household could speak Irish and English.  They were all Roman Catholics and all were born in Co. Galway.

Form B 1 showed Patrick was a landholder.  His private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete with a thatch or wood roof.  It had 3 windows to the front.  They occupied 3 rooms and had 6 out-offices.

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

Patrick Mera signed the census form and Constable William Pender, was the Enumerator.  The form was collected on April 8th.

Patrick Bohan

Residents of house 4 were Patrick Bohan and his family.  Patrick, 46, was head of family and he was a butler.  He was married to Mary for 15 years.  Mary was 53 and they had 2 living children.  John, their son, was a 12 year old scholar and their daughter Mary, aged 10, was also a scholar.  All the family were born in Co. Galway except Patrick’s wife Mary who was born in Kings Co.  All were able to read and write and were Roman Catholics.

According to Form B 1 Winifred Kenny was the landholder.  Their private dwelling was 3rd class and the walls were of stone/brick or concrete and it had a thatch or wood roof.  It had 2 windows to the front and they occupied 2 rooms.

No out-offices were listed.

Patrick Bohan signed the census form which was collected on 8th April.  William Pender, Constable, was the enumerator

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