Bellaconeen

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Bellaconeen, Milltown, Co Galway

Béal Átha Coinín

Béal: opening, approach, mouth; Áth; ford

Mouth of the ford of the rabbits

Other forms of the name:        Ballaconeen, Beul Atha Cuinín, Bealacunneen              By. S. S. Map

Bellaconeen is situated in the north end of the parish of Addergoole, Barony of Dunmore, in County Galway. Bounded on the north by the townlands of Dallagan and Knockaunkeel, on the south and east by  the  Parish of Dunmore and Russelstown and on the west by Knockaunkeel and Russelstown.

The Down Survey Map 1641 (pre Cromwell) gave the townland name as ‘Conjulta and Shanvallymore’ and states that the owner was Lord Bermingham (Protestant). The 1670 Down Survey Map (post Cromwell) shows the land was owned by Martin Kirrowan (Catholic).

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books 1838 describes the townland of Bellaconeen as follows; the property of M. Blake Birmingham, J.C. Dalgan, Co Galway. It contains 57 acres statute measure, all arable land. M. Blake Birmingham was a member of the Birmingham (Dalgin and Millbrook) family.

 

Census 1841 – 1851

The townland of Bellaconeen in 1851 held an area of 57 acres 1 roods and 6 perches. The population in 1841 was 27 inhabitants, 14 male and 13 female. There were 4 houses in the townland, all inhabited. In 1851, the townland had not changed much in the 10 years, the population was 30 people, 18 male and 12 female. There were now 7 houses, 6 of which were inhabited and 1 vacant.

The Poor Law Valuation of the townland of Bellaconeen in 1851 was £18.

 

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

According to Griffith’s Valuation 1855, Bellaconeen was owned by Michael Bermingham.

Michael Bermingham leased his land to the following people; Constabulary Force, Thomas Corliss, Patrick Meehan, (Thomas Corliss, Patrick Devan, Andrew Halliday and John Glynn – joint lease), (Patrick Devan, Andrew Halliday and John Glynn – joint lease). Michael Bermingham kept a plantation in fee measuring 0 acres 2 roods and 0 perches.

Constabulary Force leased a Police Barrack, offices, yard and garden for ‘half annual rent’, the land measured 0 acres 2 roods and 5 perches. The total worth of the holdings was £10 5s and 0d. The Constabulary Force was exempted from payment of £3 5s 0d. Thomas Corliss paid a total annual valuation rate of £0 2s 0d for garden. Patrick Meehan paid a total annual valuation rate of £13 10s 0d for herd & cottiers house and 2 lots of land. Thomas Corliss, Patrick Devan, Andrew Halliday and John Glynn jointly leased from Michael Birmingham 26 acres of land, each paying a total annual valuation rate of £2 12s 0d. Patrick Devan, John Glynn and Andrew Halliday jointly leased 3 houses with gardens on 1 acre 0 roods and 5 perches paying a total annual valuation rate of £0 15s 0d, £0 8s 0d and £0 10s 0d respectively.

The Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Property in Bellaconeen was £32,18 shillings and 0d (pence) after exemptions were deducted.

 

Census 1901

There are 4 households listed in the townland of Bellaconeen in 1901. There were a total of 27 inhabitants, 14 female and 13 male. All the houses were built i.e. stone, brick or concrete. All the roofs were made of perishable material i.e. thatch or wood except for 1 which had a permanent roof i.e. slate, iron or tile. All the houses were listed as private dwellings. All the residents of the townland were Roman Catholic and all were born in Co Galway except for 3 individuals, 2 of whom were born in Co Mayo and 1 person born in King’s County (Co Offaly). The heads of the households were: Thady [sic] Ryan, William Michael Dolan, Mary Feerick [sic] and Patrick Feeney. The census forms were collected on 10th April 1901.

 

Thady Ryan, (68), gave his occupation as a farmer’s merchant, he spoke Irish and English and was able to read only. Thady lived with his wife Winifred (61), their 3 adult children Patrick (32), Michael (30) and Bridget (30), and 2 servants, Patrick Browne (22) and Patrick Mulrenin (9). Winifred was listed as a farmer’s merchant, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Patrick gave his occupation as a tailor, both Michael and Bridget were listed as national teacher. Patrick, Michael and Bridget all spoke Irish and English and were able to read and write, Michael and Bridget were listed as married; while Patrick was single. Patrick Browne was listed as a general servant, he spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Patrick Mulrenin was also listed as a general servant, no language was listed for him and he was listed as being able to read only. Both servants were listed as single. Thady and his family lived in 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Thady Ryan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 7 out-offices or farm steadings.

William Michael Dolan, (47), gave his occupation as a national teacher, he lived with his wife Eliza (43), who was a national teacher also and their 6 children Mary Elizabeth (19), Honoria[sic] E (18), Bedelia[sic] T (17), Nannie Maria (12), Frances Patrick (9) and Margaret Mary (5). All 6 children were listed as scholars. All the Dolan family spoke Irish and English except for Margaret Mary, who had no language listed. All the family were able to read and write. All the children were listed as single. William and his family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. William Dolan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 4 out-offices or farm steadings.

Mary Feerick, (62), gave her occupation as a farmer’s wife, she spoke Irish and English but was unable to read and write. Mary lived with her 3 adult children, Patrick (30), Norah (25) and Thomas (19). Patrick and Thomas were farmer’s sons; while Norah was a farmer’s daughter. All 3 children spoke Irish and English and all were able to read and write. All 3 were listed as single. Mary and her family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and 2 rooms. Mary Feerick was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 3 out-offices or farm steadings.

Patrick Feeney, (35), was listed as a Clerk and Shopkeeper, he spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Patrick lived with his wife Ellen (30) and their 6 children, Gerald (10), Patrick (8), Eileen (7), Lizzie (6), Kevin (2) and Julia (4mths). Ellen had no occupation listed, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Gerald, Patrick, Eileen and Lizzie were all listed as scholars. All the children were listed as speaking English only. Gerald and Patrick were able to read and write, Eileen and Lizzie were able to read only and Kevin and Julia were listed as being unable to read. Patrick and his family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and 4 rooms. D.J Kirwan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 5 out-offices or farm steadings.

 

Census 1911

There were 5 households in the townland of Bellaconeen in 1911. There were a total of 27 inhabitants, 15 female and 12 male. All the residents were born in Co Galway except for 3 people, 2 of whom were born in Co Mayo, the other was born in Co Westmeath. All the houses were built, with permanent materials i.e. stone, brick or concrete. All the roofs were built of perishable materials i.e. thatch or wood, except for 2 which had permanent roofs i.e. slate, tile or iron. All the households were listed as private dwellings except 1 which was listed as a shop. The heads of the households were: Patrick Feeney, Mary Feerick, Eliza Dolan, Michael Ryan and Winifred Ryan. The census forms were collected on 19th April 1911.

 

Patrick Feeney, (45), gave his occupation as a land agent’s clerk, shopkeeper and farmer. He spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Patrick lived with his wife Ellen (40) and 3 of their children, Kevin (12), Julia (10) and Sheela[sic] (8). Ellen had no occupation listed, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Kevin, Julia and Sheela were all listed as scholars. No language was listed for the children, but all 3 were able to read and write. Patrick and Ellen had been married 22 years in 1911, and had 9 children born alive, 7 of whom were still alive in 1911. Patrick and his family lived in a 1st class house with 6 front windows and 7 rooms. Denis B. Kirwan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 cart house.

Mary Feerick, (78), was listed as a farmer. She was listed as being married, for 50 years, with 7 children born alive, all of whom were still alive in 1911. Mary is listed in the census to have lived with 4 of her adult children, Patrick (40), Michael (38), Honor (36) and Thomas (30). Mary spoke Irish and English but was unable to read and write. Patrick, Michael and Thomas were all listed as being farmer’s sons, Honor had no occupation listed. All 4 of Mary’s children spoke Irish and English and were able to read and write. They were all listed as being single. Mary and her family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Mary Feerick was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

Eliza Dolan, (53), a widow, gave her occupation as a national school teacher and farmer, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Eliza lived with her daughter Maud (15) and niece Julianne Mullane (14). Julianne was the only resident in Bellaconeen born in Co Westmeath.  Also present in the Dolan household on the night of the census was a visitor, Norah Nicholson (8). Maud and Julianne were both listed as scholars, both were able to read and write. Maud spoke Irish and English; while no language was listed for Julianne. Norah Nicholson was a Roman Catholic, born in Co Galway. She spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Maud, Julianne and Norah were all listed as single. Eliza and her family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and 4 rooms. Eliza Dolan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Michael Ryan, (40), gave his occupation as a national school teacher and farmer. He spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Michael lived with his wife Bridget (41), their 6 children, Joseph (9), Michael (7), Mary (6), John (4), Winifred (2) and Brendan Patrick (1 mth), also living in the Ryan household was a boarder, Mary Lyons (9) and servant Annie Feeney (16). Michael and Bridget had been married 10 years in 1911, and had 6 children born alive, all of whom were still alive in 1911. Bridget also gave her occupation as a national school teacher, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Joseph, Michael, Mary and John were all listed as scholars. All 4 spoke Irish and English and were able to read and write. Winifred and Brendan Patrick had no occupation or language listed. They were both listed as being unable to read. Mary Lyons was listed as a scholar, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Annie Feeney was listed as a domestic servant, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Michael, his family, boarder and servant all lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and 4 rooms. Winifred Ryan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 fowl house.

Winifred Ryan, (74), a widow, gave her occupation as a farmer, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Winifred lived with her son Patrick (42) and a boarder George Karner (9). Patrick was a tailor, he spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. George Karner was listed as a scholar, he too spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write, Winifred and her family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Winifred Ryan was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn, 1 store and 1 cart house.

 

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