The Ordnance Survey Name Books indicated the standard name for this townland as Killeen West. George G.H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan also used the same form of the name. It was recorded as Cillín in the Ordnance Survey Name Books and today as An Coillín Thiar by the Placenames Commission.
Situated between Whitegates, Poulnahincha, Killeen East, Poulfeeneen and Cloonacusha the townland of Killeen West contained part of the village of Killeen. The land was all arable, with the south and western extremities inundated (flooded).
Census 1841, 1851
Census statistics listed sixty people living in eight houses in 1841, reduced to forty seven people and the same number of houses by 1851.
Griffith’s Valuation 1855
Griffith’s Valuation named George D.H. Kirkaldy as the landowner. The total acreage was fifty two acres and thirty one perches. One holding of thirty seven acres and sixteen perches, was leased out to James Kilkenny, who held a house and offices on the land. The second tenant was John Moran, who held a house and offices on fifteen acres and fifteen perches of land, at a total annual valuation of £10.10s.0d.
Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Census statistics for Killeen West 1861 listed a population of twenty two people in three houses. In 1871 eleven people occupied two houses with an increase to fifteen people living in two houses by 1881. By 1891 there were 13 people in 2 houses.
Michael Kilkenny and Michael Nevin were named as both landholder and head of family in the 1901 census.
Michael Kilkenny, a landholder, was named as head of family in 1901 in Killeen West. He was 65 and a farmer. He was married to Catherine who was 60 years old. Michael could read and Catherine could read and write and both could speak Irish and English. Their son John, 28, was not married and he could read and write. His occupation was listed as farmer’s son. Their daughter, Annie, aged 21, was not married and her occupation was given as farmer’s daughter. Another daughter Kate, 19, was not married and was also listed as farmer’s daughter and she could read and write. Mary Madden, aged 6, a scholar, was a granddaughter who could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return – showed their private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete with thatch or wood roof. It had 3 windows to the front and they occupied 4 rooms.
There were 4 out-offices listed on Form B 2: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.
Michael Kilkenny signed the census form and Patrick Mawn, Constable, was the Enumerator. The form was collected on 3rd. April.
In house 2 Michael Nevin was given as head of family who was aged 80 and widowed. He was a farmer and could not read. His son, Patrick, was 30 and could not read. His occupation was given as farmer’s son and he was married to Bridget, aged 32, who would read and write. Their children were Michael aged 3 and Thomas aged 1. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.
Michael Nevin was a landholder on whose holding their private dwelling was built. It was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete and a thatched or wood roof. The house had 3 windows to the front and they occupied 3 rooms.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return – showed they had 2 out-offices, namely, a cow house and a barn.
Michael Nevin’s marked x on the census form was witnessed by Patrick Mawn, Constable, who was also the Enumerator. The form was collected on April 3rd.
In the 1911 census, the name Michael Kilkenny was replaced by John Kilkenny, and the name Michael Nevin by Patrick Nevin.
John Kilkenny was head of family in house 1 in Killeen West. He was a 39 year old farmer who could read and write. He was married for 2 years to Norah, aged 36, who could also read and write. They had 1 child named Joseph who was aged 5 months. They were Roman Catholics and were born in Co. Galway.
John Kilkenny was the landholder and their private dwelling was 2nd class. The walls were of stone/brick or concrete and it had a thatch or wooden roof. They occupied 4 rooms. The house had 3 windows to the front.
Their 6 out-offices, listed on Form B 2, consisted of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.
John Kilkenny signed the census form and the Enumerator was William Pender, Constable. The form was collected April 18th.
Patrick Nevin and his family occupied house 2. Patrick, 42, was head of family and a farmer. He could read and write. He was married for 15 years to Bridget, aged 46. They had 3 children living. Their son, Michael, aged 13, described as a scholar, could read and write. Their other son, Patrick, was 9, a scholar who could also read and write.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return – showed Patrick was a landholder and they had a 2nd class private dwelling. The walls were of stone/brick or concrete with a thatched or wooden roof and 3 windows in front. The family occupied 3 rooms.
They had 3 out-offices: a stable, a cow house and a piggery.
Patrick Nevin signed the census form and the Enumerator was William Pender, Constable. The form was collected on April 18th.