Lissaniska – Lisaniska North – Lios an Uisce – Waterfort – Lissaniska North – Lios an Uisce Thuaidh

The first reference to this townland in the Ordnance Survey Name Books was during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), when the name was spelled Lysniske.  The standard name was given as Lisaniska North and Lissaniska.  The Irish form of the name was Lios an Uisce, meaning water fort.  George D.H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan both wrote the name as Lisaniska North.  It is now officially recorded as Lissaniska North and in Irish as Lios an Uisce Thuaidh.

Location

Adjoining townlands are Cloonoulish, Kileahunna and Ardgrag in Kilquain parish and Lisaniska South, Inga and Killiane in Killimorbologue.  In the 1830s the townland contained a number of farmhouses, several limekilns, four Danish forts and a trigl. station.   It also contained a large portion of bog, pasture and some arable land.

Census 1841, 1851

The decade between 1841 and 1851, according to census statistics, witnessed a huge downturn in population from one hundred and sixty eight people down to thirty eight.  There was a corresponding decline in the number of houses.  Records show twenty eight houses in 1841 in this townland, reduced to six by 1851.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

Griffith’s Valuation gave the total acreage as four hundred and eight acres, two roods and fourteen perches of land.  The landowner was Joseph Cowan, who held three hundred and forty six acres and seventeen perches of land for himself, and on which was a herd’s house and offices.  The total annual valuation of this particular holding was £83.5s.0d.  The other three holdings were leased out to Patrick Lowry, Honoria Haverty and Michael Lowry.  Patrick Lowry and Michael Lowry both had a house, offices and land while Hanoria Haverty held a house and land.

Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

Census statistics for 1861 show an increase in population from thirty eight to sixty eight people and the number of houses doubled from six to twelve.   In 1871 there were sixty people in eleven houses and by 1881 there were fifty eight people occupying nine houses.  1891 showed a decline to forty people residing in eight houses.

1901 Census   

In the 1901 census, the names of the landholders and heads of each family were listed as: Thomas Lowry, Mary Haverty, James McEvoy, Patrick Temple, Thomas Boland, John Clarke and a second Thomas Lowry.  None of the seven houses in the townland had a slate roof (could have been of thatch, wood or iron).  Six houses had three windows in front and the remaining house had two windows.  Family size ranged from seven persons down to three.

Thomas Boland

Thomas Boland, his wife, Honoria, and their 3 children were listed as residents of house 5 in 1901.  Thomas, a farmer, was 60 and Honoria was aged 45 years.  Their older son, Thomas, was 15.  Thomas and James were recorded as farmer’s sons and Bridget was a scholar.  The Boland family were Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway and could read and write.  At this stage none of the children were married.

Thomas Boland owned the holding on which his house and 6 out-offices were situated.  The private dwelling, a 2nd class house, had 3 rooms occupied by the family, 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof and brick, stone or concrete walls.

Among the out-offices were a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

Thomas Boland signed the census form which was collected on 8th April 1901.  Thomas McNulty, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John Clarke

John Clarke was a 63 year old farmer who was listed as head of family.  His wife, Mary, was 61.  Their children were: Patrick, aged 24, Teresa who was 19 and Bernard, 16 years.  Also in the house was a general farm servant, named John Whelan who was 51 years, and single.  Patrick’s occupation was given as undertaker; Teresa and Bernard were scholars.  The Clarke family could read and write, and the father spoke Irish and English.  John Whelan was unable to read.  John’s birthplace was not recorded; the Clarkes were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic; John Whelan, too, was Roman Catholic.

Clarke’s private dwelling was a 2nd class house built on John Clarke’s own holding.  Three rooms were occupied; there were 3 front windows, the walls were stone/brick or concrete and the roof was thatch or wood.

Eight out-offices also stood on the holding: 1 barn, 1 fowl house, 1 piggery, 1 cow house, 1 calf house and 3 stables.

The census form, signed by John Clarke, was collected on 8th April.  The Enumerator was Thomas McNulty, Constable.

Mary Haverty

Mary Havewrty was a 60 year old widow whose occupation was given as a farmer.  Her son, Edward aged 22, and her daughter Mary 16, were in the house with her.  All 3 persons were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  Both son and daughter could read and write but, Mary, the mother, was unable to read.

Mary’s house and out-offices were situated on her own holding.  The 3rd class house had 2 rooms, 2 front windows, a thatch or wood roof and stone/brick or concrete walls.

The 3 out-offices were a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

The Enumerator was Thomas McNulty, Constable, and he witnessed Mary Haverty’s mark x on the census form which was collected on 8th April.

Thomas Lowry

Thomas Lowry, his wife, Maria, and their son, also named Thomas, were residents of house 7.  Thomas was 74, Maria was 60, and the son was aged 22 and single.  Thomas’s occupation was given as a farmer and that of Thomas (junior) as a farmer’s son.  All 3 were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  Father and son could read and write and Maria was able to read.  Thomas (senior) spoke Irish and English.

Lowry’s private dwelling was built on Thomas’s holding and was listed as a 2ndclass house.  The walls were stone/brick or concrete, the roof was thatch or wood; there were 3 windows in front and 3 rooms were occupied by the family.

Five out-offices were recorded: a barn, a fowl house, a piggery, a cow house and a stable.

The census form, signed by Thomas Lowry, was collected on 8th April.  Thomas McNulty, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Thomas Lowry 

Thomas Lowry was a 60 year old farmer and head of family.  His wife, Anne, was 58.  Their children were Catherine aged 25, Bridget who was 20 and the younger girl, Honoria was aged 18.  All 3 were single and listed as farmer’s daughters.  The 5 family members were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  Thomas was unable to read but his wife and daughters could read and write.

Lowry’s 2nd class house had walls of stone/brick or concrete, a thatch or wood roof, 3 front windows and 3 rooms were occupied by the family.

There were 4 out-offices, as well as the house, on Thomas’s holding.  The out-offices were recorded as 1 stable, a cow house, 1 piggery and a fowl house.

Thomas Lowry’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by the Enumerator, Thomas McNulty, Constable.  The form was collected on 8th April.

James McEvoy

James McEvoy, lived in house 3 in Lissaniska North.  With him were his wife Ellen and son James.  James (senior) was aged 55, Ellen was 48 and the son was 18 years old.  James (senior) was a farmer and head of family and James (junior) was listed as farmer’s son.  The 3 McEvoys were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Mother and son could read and write but the father was unable to read.

James (senior) was the landholder on whose holding the house and out-offices were situated.  The 2nd class house had 2 rooms occupied by the family, 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof and stone/brick or concrete walls.

The 6 out-offices consisted of a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

The Enumerator was Thomas McNulty, Constable, and he witnessed James McEvoy’s mark x on the census form.  The form was collected on 8th April 1901.

Bridget Temple

Patrick Temple was a 45 year old farmer and head of family.  His wife, Bridget was 40.  Two sons and two daughters were in the house with them as well as Julia, aged 32, who was Patrick’s sister.  The children were: Celia, 13, Patrick who was 11, Kiran (sic) was 8, and the younger child, Mary, was 6 years.  Julia’s occupation was given as seamstress and the children were scholars.  All family members were born in Co. Galway, were Roman Catholic, and could read and write, except Mary, who, as yet, could read only. Bridge was the only person who spoke English and Irish.

Temple’s private dwelling, described as a 2nd class house, was built on Patrick’s holding.  Three rooms were occupied, the roof was thatch or wood and walls were stone/brick or concrete and there were 3 windows in front.

Five out-offices stood on the holding: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, and 1 barn.

Patrick Temple signed the census form which was collected on 8th April.  Thomas McNulty was the Enumerator.

1911 Census

The surnames remained the same in the 1911 census, but first names changed; John Clarke was replaced by Bernard Clarke, James McEvoy by that of Ellen McEvoy and Mary Haverty by Maria Haverty.  It is worth noting that the 1911 census still listed the surname Lowry, with a variation in the spelling, Thomas Lowry and Thomas Lowery.

Thomas Boland 

Thomas Boland, his wife Hanoria, and their 2 sons and daughter were listed as residents of house 3.  Thomas was a 70 year old farmer and his wife was 71.  They were married for 30 years, had 3 children, all of whom were living.  The older son, Thomas, aged 28, and the second son, James 26, were also farmers.  The daughter, Bridget was 24.  Mother and children could read and write while Thomas was able to read only.  All family members were Catholic and born in Co. Galway.

Boland’s private residence, a 2nd class house, was built on Thomas’s holding.  It had stone/brick or concrete walls, a thatch or wood roof, 4 windows in front and 3 rooms were occupied by the family.

There were 10 out-offices on the holding: a barn, a shed, a boiling house, a fowl house, a piggery, a cow house, a calf house, a coach house and 2 stables.

Thomas Boland signed the census form which was collected on 10th April.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

Bernard Clarke 

Bernard Clarke and his wife, Bridget, were married for 3 years and had 2 children, Mary and Kate.  Bernard was a 27 year old farmer, Bridget was 29, Mary was 2 and Kate was 1 year old.  All 4 family members were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway.  Bernard and Bridget could read and write.

Bernard’s house and out-offices were situated on his own holding.  The 2ndclass house had 3 rooms occupied by the family, walls of brick, stone or concrete, a thatch or wood roof, and 3 front windows.

Seven out-offices were recorded: a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn.

Bernard Clarke signed the census form which was collected on 10th April.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

Maria Haverty                                  

Maria Haverty was a 69 year old widow and listed as head of family.  Her son, Edward, a farmer, was 40 years old and her daughter, Mary, was 27.  All 3 were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic.  Maria was able to read and Edward and Mary could read and write.

Maria’s private dwelling was a 3rd class house.  Three rooms were occupied, the walls were of stone, brick or concrete, the roof was thatch or wood and there were 2 windows in front.  The house and 6 out-offices were situated on Maria’s holding.

The out-offices included a barn, a fowl house, a piggery, a cow house, a calf house and a stable.

Maria Haverty’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by the Enumerator, J.M. Mullooly, Constable.  The form was collected on April 7th.

Patrick Temple

Patrick Temple and his wife, Bridget, were married for 25 years.  They had 7 children born to them, 4 of whom were living.  Patrick and Bridget were both aged 60.  Their older girl, Celia, was 23, Patrick was 21, the second son, Kieran, was 19 and the younger girl, Mary, was aged 17.  As yet all the children were single.  Patrick was a farmer and head of family and the boys were listed as farmer’s sons.  The 6 family members were Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway, could read and write and spoke Irish and English.

The family occupied 4 rooms of their 2nd class house, which had 3 front windows, a thatch or wood roof and brick, stone or concrete walls.

There were 10 out-offices on the holding: 1 barn, 1 boiling house, 1 fowl house, 1 piggery, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 coach house and 3 stables.

The census form, signed by Patrick Temple, was collected on 7th April 1911.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

Thomas Lowry

Thomas Lowry, aged 84, was a widow and old age pensioner, who was listed as head of family.  His son, a farmer, also named Thomas, was 40 and his daughter-in-law Maria, was 43.  A visitor, a 12 year old scholar, named Mary Ellen Whelan, was also in the house.  The 4 occupants were Roman Catholic, born in Co. Galway and could read and write.  Thomas, the father, and Mary Ellen, spoke Irish and English.

Lowry’s private dwelling, a 2nd class house, was built on Thomas’s holding: The walls were of stone, brick or concrete, the roof was thatch or wood; there were 3 windows in front and 3 rooms were occupied.

Four out-offices are recorded: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

The census form was signed by Thomas Lowry and was collected on 10th April.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

Thomas Lowry

Thomas Lowry and his wife, Anne, were married for 48 years and had 7 children, all of whom were living.  Thomas, an old-age-pensioneer, was 72 and Anne was 71 years.  Also in the house was their son-in-law, 38 year old Michael Power, who was a farmer.  The 3 residents were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway.  Thomas could read whereas, Anne and Michael were able to read and write.

Thomas Lowry was the landholder on whose holding his 2nd class house stood.  The house had stone, brick or concrete walls, a thatch or wood roof, 3 windows in front and 3 rooms were occupied by the family.

Six out-offices are listed on the holding: 1 barn, 1 piggery, 1 cow house, 1 coach house, and 2 stables.

The Enumerator, J.M. Mullooly, Constable, witnessed Thomas Lowry’s mark x on the census form and it was collected on 7th April, 1911.

Ellen McEvoy

Ellen McEvoy was a 60 year old widow who was head of family.  Her son, James, 28, was a farmer.  Her daughter-in-law, Mary, was 24.  James and Mary were married for 1 year and had a son, also named James.  Denis Rutledge, aged 27, and described as a farm servant, was a resident in the McEvoy house.  The occupants were Roman Catholic, were born in Co. Galway and could read and write.

Ellen McEvoy was recorded as the landholder on whose holding the house and out-offices were situated.

The 2nd class house had a thatch or wood roof, stone, brick or concrete walls, 4 front windows and 4 rooms were occupied by the family.

Included in the 9 out-offices were 2 stables, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a boiling house, a barn and a shed

Ellen McEvoy signed the census form which was collected on 7th April.  The Enumerator was J.M. Mullooly, Constable.

This page was added on 17/02/2017.

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share this
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Email this to someone