Lurgan

Civil Parish of Addergoole and Civil Parish of Dunmore

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Lurgan

An Lorgain, long low ridge, strip of land

Lurgan is situated in the civil parish of Addergoole and in the civil parish of Dunmore, barony of Dunmore, Co Galway. It is located in the south east extremity of the parish, bounded on the south and east by the parish of Dunmore, on the west by the townland of Rosmearan and parish of Dunmore, and on the north by the townlands of Carrowntootagh and Cloonaghgarve.

The Down Survey map 1641 (pre Cromwell) under the name ‘Caronagur’ states that the owner was Lord Birmingham. The Down Survey map 1670 (post Cromwell) shows that the owner was Mathew Hore. Both owners were Protestants. 10 acres of unprofitable land and 133 of both profitable and forfeited land are specified.

O’Donovan’s Field Name books 1838 provides various spellings of this townland: Lurgan, Lurgain, Lurraga and Lurrgan. According to this source, Lurgan was the property of Morris Golden, Esq, Shruil [sic], County Galway. It contains 245 acres stature measure including about 80 acres of arable land and the remainder was bog. 

Census 1841 – 1851

Lurgan comprised of an area of 245 acres 0 roods 23 perches. There was a total population of 88 people, 48 were male and 40 were female. There were 16 occupied houses while 1 was unoccupied. By 1851, the population halved to 48 people, 23 were male and 25 were female who occupied 7 houses. The poor law valuation rate paid was £66-15-0.

1851 Old Age Pension Census Search Forms

Andy Henehan [sic] – Application Number C17 405: Andy applied for the pension on the 12th January 1917. At the time of the application, his address was Ballinatava, Dunmore, County Galway. According to Andy, his parents were W and Mary Henehan [sic] nee Cruice. On the 15th January 1917, it was recorded on the form that no family were found. Andy was awarded an annual pension of £16-14 / £16-16.

John Monaghan – Application Number C7 4194

John applied for the pension on the 31st May 1917. At the time of the application, his address was Lurgan, Milltown, County Galway. According to John, his parents were Martin and Honor Monaghan (nee Burke). John was awarded an annual pension of £16-14.

Mary Shaughnessy – Application Number 920 10475

Mary applied for the pension on the 29th November 1920. At the time of the application, her address was Sylane, Dunmore, County Galway. According to John, his parents were James and Julia Shaughnessy (nee Burke). Mary was awarded an annual pension of £16-15.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

According to Griffith’s Valuation 1855, Richard Golding leased tenements to the following tenants: Mary Monaghan, Martin Monaghan, James Diskin, Richard Boyle, Patrick Cohen and Simon Steed. Richard retained 2 areas of bog and 1 area of land for himself consisting of 140 acres 0 roods 27 perches. He paid a total annual valuation rate of £20-10-0 for these 3 areas.

Mary Monaghan paid a rent of £5-15-0 for 9 acres 2 roods 7 perches of house, office and land. Martin Monaghan paid £7-10-0 for 13 acres 2 roods 14 perches of house and land. James Diskin paid £7-10-0 for 2 acres 3 roods 8 perches of house and land. Richard Boyle paid £5-15-0 for 16 acres 3 roods 15 perches of house, office and land. Patrick Coen paid £4-5-0 for 13 acres 3 roods 2 perches of herd’s house, office and land. Simon Steed paid £7-15-0 for 14 acres 2 roods 20 perches of house, offices and land. Simon Steed, James Diskin and Richard together paid £4-34-0 for 24 acres 3 roods 10 perches of land. The total annual valuation of rateable property paid overall in Lurgan was £64-14-0 for 245 acres 0 roods 23 perches of house, offices and land.

1901 Census

There were 10 households in Lurgan in 1901. There were 15 individuals who were listed as head of family. A total of 103 inhabitants are recorded in 1901, 53 were male and 50 were female.[1] All occupants were Roman Catholics. Each individual was born in County Galway except for 2 men, Thomas Kirrane and his son Patrick; they was born in County Mayo. The census forms which were collected on the 8th April 1901 showed that all houses were built as private dwellings. The house walls were made of stone, brick or concrete while each house roof was made of thatch, wood or other perishable material. Overall, there were 27 farm buildings – 4 stables, 10 cow houses, 15 piggeries, 1 fowl house, 6 barns and 1 shed. The heads of households were: James McLoughlin, Michael Lyons, Michal [sic] Boyle, Thomas Boyle, Margaret McGrath, Mary Stead, Margaret O’Donnell, Michael Diskin and Thomas McLoughlin.

James McLoughlin (60) worked as a farmer. He was married to Ellen (55). They lived with their 4 unmarried children. Thomas (20) and James (15) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Maggie (18) and Delia (8) listed their occupations as farmer’s daughters. All of the family were able to read and write. They also spoke Irish and English except for the youngest daughter; Delia spoke English only. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows. 6 people occupied 3 rooms. James McLoughlin owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

John Monaghan (53) worked as a mason. He was married to Ellen (51). Her occupation was listed as a mason’s wife. They lived with their 7 unmarried children. Pat (19) and Martin (17) listed their occupations as mason’s sons. Mary (18) documented her occupation as a mason’s daughter. Thomas (15), Ellen (13) and Kate (9) were scholars. Delia was 4 years old. Although John and his wife Ellen could not read or write, they both spoke Irish and English. The rest of the household could read and write except for the youngest child; naturally she could not read or write. The children spoke English.[2]

Michael Lyons (62) was a farmer. He was married to Julia Lyons (60). They lived with their daughter Catherine Diskin (37), son-in-law Thomas Diskin (38) and their 9 grandchildren. Catherine worked as a general domestic servant. Thomas was a farmer. Mary (14) listed her occupation as a farmer’s daughter. Bridget (12), Kate (10), Michael (8), William (6), Patrick (4) and Julia (3) were scholars. John was 1 year old and Denis was 2 months old. The 4 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. Michael, his wife and his 2 youngest grandchildren could not read. Catherine, Patrick and Julia could read only while the rest of the occupants were able to read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows. 13 people occupied just 3 rooms. Michael Lyons owned the house on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Thomas Kirrane (55) was a widower who worked as a farmer. He lived with his widowed mother-in-law Bridget Diskin (80) and his 7 children. Patrick (20) and John (18) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Delia (16) listed her occupation as a farmer’s daughter. Martin (14), Thomas (12), David (10) and Michael (9) were scholars. Although Bridget could not read, the rest of the household could read and write. All occupants spoke Irish and English.[2]

Michal Boyle (40) worked as a farmer. He was married to Bridget (40). They lived with their 4 children. Martin (10) and Michael (8) were scholars. Ellen was 6 years old and Kate was 4 years old. The 3 eldest members of the household could read and write. 8 year old Michael could read. Naturally the 2 youngest children could not read. Michael and his wife Bridget spoke Irish and English.[2]

Martin Burke (59) was a farmer. He was married to Catherine (48). They lived with their 7 unmarried children. Martin (21) and Peter (18) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons. Mary (16) and Honoria (14) documented their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Michael (12), James (10) and Henry (8) were scholars. All occupants could read and write except for Catherine and her son Henry; they could read only. The 4 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows. 9 people occupied 3 rooms. Martin Burke owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 2 cow houses, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Thomas Boyle (32) listed his occupation as a farmer. He lived with his unmarried sister Bridget (25), wife Margaret (30), his unmarried brother Michael (30) who worked as a farmer, daughter Mary (6 months) and mother Bridget (60). Everyone aged between 25 and 30 could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English.[2]

John Courtney (55) worked as a farmer. He was married to Margaret (52). They lived with their 6 unmarried children. William (18) listed his occupation as a farmer’s son. Mary (17) and Maggie (16) recorded their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Kate (12), Patrick (11) and Delia (10) were scholars. Although Margaret could not read, her husband and children were able to read and write. All of the family spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John Courtney owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

Margaret McGrath (60) was a farmeress [sic]. She was widow who lived with her 4 unmarried children. Nora (22) recorded her occupation as a farmer’s daughter. Peter (20), William (19) and Martin (17) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons. The entire McGrath family were able to read and write. They also spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Margaret McGrath owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable and 1 cow house.

Patrick Monahan (56) worked as a farmer. He was married to Mary (50). They lived with their 4 unmarried children. Honor (22) and Bridget (14) listed their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Patrick (20) and Thomas (18) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Although Patrick and Mary could not read, their children could read and write. All members of the family spoke Irish and English.

Mary Stead (53) was a widowed farmer who lived with her 3 unmarried children. William (27) and Thomas (23) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons while Mary (25) recorded her occupation as a farmer’s daughter. All occupants could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Mary Steede owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable and 1 barn.

Honor Steede (40) was a widowed farmer. He lived with her 6 children. Thomas (20) and William (28) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons and were unmarried. Ellie (16) listed her occupation as a farmer’s daughter. Maria (14), Onnie (8) and John (6) were scholars. Although Honor could not read, her children were able to read and write, her youngest child John could read. The family spoke Irish and English except for the youngest children; there was no language listed for John.[2]

Margaret O’Donnell (34) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 2 daughters. Cessie (9) and Maggie (8) were scholars. They could all read and write. They also spoke Irish and English. The O’Donnell family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Margaret O’Donnell owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

John O’Donnell (62) was a widower who worked as a farmer. He lived with his unmarried daughter Ellen (32). Her occupation was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Although John could not read, Ellen could read and write. They could both speak Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. John O’Donnell owned the land on which the house was situated along with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms.

Michael Diskin (63) was a farmer. He was married to Bridget (60). They lived with their 3 sons, daughter-in-law Mary (28) and granddaughter (2). The granddaughter’s name is unknown as the name is blurred on the census form. Patrick (37), John (33) and Michael recorded her occupations as farmer’s sons. The whole household could read and write except for the grandchild. They also spoke Irish and English. The Diskin family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Michael owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 barn.

Thomas McLoughlin (70) was a widower who worked as a farmer. He lived with his unmarried son Daniel (25). Daniel listed his occupation as a farmer’s son. They could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English. The McLoughlin family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Thomas McLoughin owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 barn.

Census 1911

There were 10 households in Lurgan in 1911. There were 92 inhabitants, 51 were male and 41 were female.[3] All occupants were Roman Catholics. Each individual was born in County Galway with the exception of 2 people; Thomas Kirrane and Bridget McLoughlin were born in County Mayo. There was no occupation listed for any of the women who were married to farmers. The heads of households were: Thomas Diskin, Honor Stead, Martin Burke, John Monahan, Thomas Kirrane, James McLoughlin, Michael Boyle, John Courtney, Bridget Boyle, Margaret McGrath, Patrick Monahan, Mary Steed, Margaret O’Donnell, John O’Donnell, Daniel McLoughlin and Michael Diskin. The census forms which were collected on the 13th April 1911 showed that all houses were listed as private dwellings. Each house roof was made of perishable material while the house walls were made of stone, brick or concrete.

Thomas Diskin (50) worked as a farmer. He was married to Catherine (50). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 25 years, had 13 children, 12 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 9 single children. Michael (20), William (18) and Patrick (17) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons. John (14), Denis (13), Thomas (12) and James (7) were scholars. Peter was 5 years old and Julia was 15 years old. Thomas’s father-in-law Michael Lyons (77), his mother-in-law Julia Lyons (75) and his granddaughter Kate Lyons (1) were recorded on the census form. Although the 3 members of the Lyon’s family along with the 2 youngest children of the Diskin family and their mother Catherine could not read, the rest of the household were able to read and write. At the time of the 1911 census, Michael and Julia Lyons were married for 57 years, had 1 child, 1 of whom were still alive in 1911. All occupants could speak Irish and English except for the granddaughter and Catherine; there was no language listed for them. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Thomas Diskin owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

Honor Stead (68) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 2 single children. William (25) listed his occupation as a farmer’s son. Norah (16) was a scholar. Although Honor could not read, her children could read and write. All of the family spoke Irish and English.[2]

Martin Burke (71) was a farmer who was married to Catherine (57). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 38 years, had 11 children, 11 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 5 single children. Thomas (32), Michael (22) and James (20) were farmer’s sons. Mary (26) and Nora (24) had no occupations listed for them. All of the Burke family could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Martin Burke owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 2 cow houses, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

John Monahan (66) worked as a farmer and mason who lived with his wife Ellen (63). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 34 years, had 9 children, 8 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 5 single children. Patrick (28) and Thomas (25) were farmer’s sons. Mary (27) had no occupation listed for her. Catherine (17) and Delia (14) were scholars. Although Ellen could not read, John could read only and the rest of the family were able to read and write. All members of the family spoke Irish and English.[2]

Thomas Kirrane (68) was a widower who worked as a farmer. He lived with his 4 single children. Patrick (32), David (21) and Michael (20) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Mary Ellen (18) did not have any occupation listed for her. All of the Kirrane could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English.[2]

James McLoughlin (73) was a farmer. He lived with his wife Eleanor (71). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 42 years, had 8 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911. Thomas (35) and James (30) worked as general labourers. Thomas and James were able to read and write while their parents could not read. All of the McLoughlin family spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Thomas McLoughlin owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable and 1 barn.

Michael Boyle (51) worked as a farmer. He lived with his wife Bridget (55). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 21 years, had 5 children, 5 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 5 single children. Martin (20) and Michael (18) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Ellen (16), Catherine (14) and Mary (9) were scholars. All members of the Boyle family could read and write. They also spoke Irish and English.[2]

John Courtney (68) was a farmer. He lived with his wife Margaret (64). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 33 years, had 5 children, 5 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 3 single children. Margaret (28) and Delia (24) listed their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Patrick (25) worked as a general labourer. Although Margaret could not read, her husband and children were able to read and write. All members of the family spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John Courtney owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

Bridget Boyle (78) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her son Thomas (44), daughter-in-law Margaret (39) and 6 grandchildren. Thomas recorded his occupation as a farmer’s son. There was no occupation listed for Margaret. At the time of the 1911 census, Thomas and Margaret were married for 11 years, had 7 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911. Mary (10), Richard (8), John (7) and Delia (5) were scholars. Michael was 4 years old and Patrick was 3 years old. The 4 youngest grandchildren could not read. The 2 eldest grandchildren along with their mother could read and write. Thomas could read only while his mother could not read. The 3 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English.[2]

Margaret McGrath (69) was a widow who worked as a farmer. She lived with her 2 single sons. Peter (35) and William (32) listed their occupations as farmer’s sons. Although Margaret could not read, her 2 sons were able to read and write. All 3 members of the family spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Margaret McGrath owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

Patrick Monahan (75) worked as a farmer. He lived with his wife Mary (69). There was no occupation listed for her. At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 42 years, had 8 children, 7 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 1 single son Patrick (32) whose occupation was listed as a farmer’s son. Although Patrick and Mary could not read, their son Patrick was able to read and write. The 3 members of the family spoke Irish and English.[2]

Mary Steed (69) was a widow who lived with her 3 single children: William (40), Mary (38) and Thomas (36). No occupation was listed for any member of the family. The family could all read and write. They also spoke Irish and English except for Thomas; there was no language listed for him. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Mary Steed owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Margaret O’Donnell (65) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 2 single children. Cissy (23) and Margaret (22) recorded their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Although Margaret could not read, her 2 daughters were able to read and write. All 3 members of the O’Donnell family spoke Irish and English. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Margaret O’Donnell owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

John O’Donnell (71) was a widower who worked as a farmer. He lived with his single daughter Eleanor (44) whose occupation was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Although John could not read, his daughter was able to read and write. They both spoke Irish and English. John and Eleanor lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John O’Donnell owned the land on which his house was situated. He did not own any farm buildings.

Daniel McLoughlin (36) was a farmer who lived with his wife Bridget (38). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 9 years, had 5 children, 5 of whom were still alive in 1911. Thomas (8) and Michael (7) were scholars. Daniel was 6 years old, Sarah was 4 years old and William was 1 year old. Although none of the children could read, their parents were able to read and write. The 5 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. The McLoughlin family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and the house had 4 rooms. Daniel McLouglin owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

Michael Diskin (84) worked as a farmer who lived with his wife Bridget (74). They lived with their 2 sons Patrick (50) who worked as a farm labourer & Michael (28) who listed his occupation as a farmer’s son and daughter-in-law Mary (36). At the time of the 1911 census, Michael and Bridget were married for 52 years, had 5 children, 5 of whom were still alive in 1911 while Patrick and Mary were married for 13 years and they had 3 children, 3 of whom were still alive in 1911. Mary (12), Tom (6) and Bridget (4) were scholars. Michael, Bridget and their granddaughter Bridget could not read while the rest of the occupants were able to read and write. The 7 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. The 2 youngest children spoke English. The Diskin family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows. 9 people occupied 3 rooms. Michael Diskin owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 2 piggeries, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Monuments

Lurgan Logboat 

Road repairs (Pages 13, 15, 61 and 72)

 

[1] Census Form N records that there were 55 inhabitants, 27 were male and 28 were female

[2] No information is provided on the B.1 form in relation to this household

[3] There are discrepancies between Form A and Form N

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