Whitegates was the standard name given to the townland, in the Ordnance Survey Name Books. The origin or meaning of the name was not noted. George D.H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan used the same form of the name. The Placenames Commission give the official Irish name as Na Gearaí Bána.
The townland of Whitegates is bordered by Cloonconabeg, Poulnahincha, Killeen West and Cloonacusha in the parish of Tynagh. In the 1830s it contained a couple of farmhouses. The land was all arable with the southern part inundated.
Census 1841, 1851
Census statistics showed a population of four from 1841 to 1851, with one house in the townland during this decade.
Griffith’s Valuation 1855
The landlord at the time of Griffith’s Valuation was George D.H. Kirkaldy. He owned the entire acreage of twenty eight acres, three roods and six perches of land (making it the smallest townland in the parish of Killimorbologue), the total annual valuation being £18.0s.0d. He leased out the land in two holdings. The first tenant, William Dervin, held a house on five acres, three roods and thirty perches of land. The second tenant was named as Michael Head, who held a house on twenty two acres, three roods and sixteen perches.
Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
In 1861 Census statistics for the townland of Whitegates shows a population of 10 people living in 2 houses. There were 8 people in 1 house in 1871. By 1881, 12 people lived in 2 houses and by 1891 there were 9 people occupying 2 houses.
2 houses were recorded in the 1901 census. Bridget Callanan and Patrick Geoghegan were listed as head of families.
Form A of the 1901 census shows Bridget Calanan was head for family. She was aged 70 and was a widow and could read. Her daughter also Bridget was aged 42; was not married and could read and her occupation was given as farmer’s daughter. Bridget’s son Patrick was aged 40; not married and was a farmer’s son. Another daughter Mary was not married; she was 30 years old, could read and her occupation was a farmer’s daughter. All 4 were Roman Catholics and were born in Co. Galway.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return shows that the landholder, Bridget Calanan, lived in a 2nd class private dwelling, with walls of stone/brick or concrete, with a thatched/iron or wood roof. The house had 2 rooms with 3 windows in front.
Form B 2 shows they had 2 out-offices namely a stable and a piggery.
Bridget Calanan’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Patrick Mawn, Constable, who was the Enumerator and the form was collected on April 3rd.
Patrick Geoghegan was head of family. He was a farmer who could read and write. He was 33 years old and was married. His wife Mary, aged 32 could read and write. Patrick’s sister Bridget was aged 27. She too could read and write and was a farmer’s daughter. All 3 were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway.
The landholder Patrick Geoghegan lived in a private 3rd class dwelling with 2 out-offices. The house was stone/ brick or concrete with thatch/iron or wood roof. It had two rooms with 2 windows to the front. They occupied 2 rooms.
Their out-offices as shown on Form B 2 were 1 stable and 1 barn.
Patrick Geoghegan signed the census form and Patrick Mawn, Constable, was the Enumerator. It was collected on April 3rd.
2 houses were recorded in the 1911 census. Bridget Callanan and Patrick Geoghegan were listed as head of families.
Bridget Callanan was listed as head of family. She was 81 years old and could read. She was a widow and her occupation was given as farmer. Her daughter also Bridget was 46 years old; single and could read. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget was listed as landholder and their 2nd class private dwelling with 3 out-offices were recorded on Form B 1 and B 2 of the 1911 census return. The house had walls of stone/brick or concrete with slate roof. It had 2 rooms with 2 windows to the front. They occupied 3 rooms.
The out-offices consisted of 1 stable, 1 cowhouse and 1 piggery.
Bridget Callanan signed the census form and it was collected on 3rd. April. The Enumerator was William Pender, Constable.
Patrick Geoghegan was listed as head of family. He was a 45 years old farmer who could read and write. He was married 11 years with 5 children born and 4 still living. His wife Mary was 45 years old also and could read and write. Their son Laurence aged 8 could read and write and was a scholar. Their daughter Ellen aged 5 was also a scholar. Annie was another daughter aged 3 and another son Patrick was 1 year old in 1911. All were Roman Catholics and all were born in Co. Galway.
Form B 1 lists Patrick Geoghegan as a landholder and they had a 3rd class private dwelling with 5 out-offices. The house had walls of stone/brick and concrete with a thatch or wood roof with 2 windows to the front and they occupied 3 rooms.
The out-offices consisted of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 fowl house and a shed.
William Pender, Constable, was the Enumerator and Patrick Geoghegan signed the census form which was collected on April 4th.