Ardacong

Civil Parish of Liskeevy

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Ardacong, Co Galway

Ard a Chonga, Cong-hill

Other forms of the Name with the authority source (if provided) in italics.

Ardicong         By. S.S Map

Ardaconga      Inq. Temp. Jac. І

 

The townland of Ardacong is located about the central part of the parish of Tuam, in the Barony of Dunmore, in Co Galway. Ardacong is in the Civil Parish of Liskeevy. It is bounded in the north, south, east and west by the Parish of Tuam.

The Down Survey Map 1641 (pre Cromwell) gave the townland name as ‘Curroaderry’ and states that the owner was Patrick Darcey [sic] (Catholic). The 1670 Down Survey Map (post Cromwell) shows the land was owned by Edward Gough (Catholic). The Down Survey also states that 35 acres was unprofitable land, 96 acres was profitable and 96 acres was forfeited.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books describe as the townland of Ardacong in 1838 as follows; the property of 200¼ acres statute measure, all arable land. There are 2 ancient forts in the townland of Ardacong, the most northern if which is called Lisnahunagh and the other Lisnapurtagh.

 

Census 1841 – 1851

The townland of Ardacong in 1851 held an area of 200 acres 3 roods and 2 perches. The population in 1841 was 74 inhabitants, 39 male and 35 female. There were 15 houses, all of which were inhabited. In 1851 the townland had dwindled down from 74 to 3 inhabitants, 2 male and 1 female, only 1 house remained in 1851, with all 3 residents living in it.

The Poor Law Valuation of the townland of Ardacong was £65 0 shillings and 0d (pence).

 

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

According to Griffith’s Valuation 1855, Ardacong was owned by George Vasey. The total area of land was 200 acres 3 roods and 2 perches. George Vasey held onto all the land in fee. The land held a herd’s house, office and land. George Vasey paid a total annual valuation rate of £79 0 shillings and 0d (pence).

The Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Property in Ardacong in 1855 was £79.

 

Census 1901

There were 2 households in the townland on Ardacong in 1901. There were a total of 8 inhabitants, 5 male and 3 female. Both houses were built i.e. stone, brick or concrete. One roof was made from perishable material i.e. thatch or wood, the second house had a permanent roof i.e. slate, iron or tile. Both the houses were classified as private dwellings. Six residents were Roman Catholic and 2 individuals were Church of Ireland. All the residents were born in Co Galway except 1 who was born in England. The heads of the households were: William Shackelton Wilkins and Luke Shaughnessy. The 1901 census forms were collected on the 09th April 1901.

 

William Shackelton Wilkins, (69), a widower, was a farmer, he was able to read and write, no language was listed for William. William was born in England. William lived with his son Lumbert [sic] (14), was a scholar. Lumbert was able to read and write, no language was listed for him. Lumbert was listed as single. Both William and Lumbert were Church of Ireland. William and his son lived in a 1st class house with 8 front windows and 9 rooms. William S. Wilkins was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 9 out-offices or farm steadings.

 

Luke Shaughnessy, (51), gave his occupation as an agricultural labourer; he spoke Irish and English and was able to read only. Luke lived with his wife, Catherine (48) and their 4 children Honor (17), Mary (14), Luke (7) and Joseph (5). Catherine had no occupation listed, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Honor was a general domestic servant, she spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Mary, Luke and Joseph were all listed as scholars, Mary spoke Irish and English, no language was listed for Luke and Joseph. Mary and Luke were able to read and write, while Joseph could read only. All 4 of Luke’s children were listed as single. Luke and his family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and 2 rooms. William S. Wilkins was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 2 out-offices or farm steadings.

 

Census 1911

There were 2 households in the townland on Ardacong in 1911. There were a total of 11 inhabitants, 3 male and 8 female. Both houses were built i.e. stone, brick or concrete. One roof was made from perishable material i.e. thatch or wood; the second house had a permanent roof i.e. slate, iron or tile. Both the houses were classified as private dwellings. All the residents were Roman. All the residents were born in Co Galway except 1 who was born in Co Mayo. The heads of the households were: Catherine Shaughnessy and Michael Flattery. The 1911 census forms were collected on the 07th April 1911.

 

Catherine Shaughnessy, (68), a widow, had no occupation listed, she spoke Irish and English but was unable to read or write. Catherine had been married 40 years, and had 9 children born alive, 4 of whom were still alive in 1911. Catherine lived with 3 of her surviving children, Mary (25), Luke (20) and Joseph (16). Mary had no occupation listed; Luke was a farm labourer while Joseph was a scholar. All 3 spoke Irish and English and all 3 were able to read and write. Catherine and her family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Michael Flattery was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

 

Michael Flattery, (35), gave his occupation as a farmer, he spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Michael lived with his wife Sara (33) and their children Harriet Bridget (6), Gertrude (4), Mary (2) and Eileen (7mth). Also living with the Flattery is a servant Katie McDonnell (17). Michael and Sara had been married 7 years in 1911, and had 4 children born alive, all of whom were still alive in 1911. Neither Sara nor the children had occupations listed. Sara was the only resident in the townland of Ardacong to have been born in Co Mayo. Sara spoke Irish and English and was able to read and write. Harriet Bridget spoke English only and was able to read and write. Gertrude spoke English only and was able to read only. Mary spoke English only and was unable to read. Eileen had no language or literacy listed. Katie McDonnell was listed as a domestic servant, she spoke English only and was able to read and write. Michael and his family lived in a 1st class house with 5 front windows and 6 rooms. Michael Flattery was listed as the owner of the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 boiling house and 1 barn.

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