Curraghaderry

Civil Parish of Liskeevy

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Curraghaderry

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Curraghaderry is situated in the civil parish of Liskeevy, barony of Dunmore, County Galway. It is located in the east extremity of the parish bounded on the north by Carrownurlaur, on the west & south by Carrownageeha and Belmont and on the east by the parish of Addergoole.

The Down Survey map 1641 (pre Cromwell) under the name ‘Mullanderry’ shows that the land was owned by Patrick Darcey, a catholic. Ownership changed in 1670 (post Cromwell) to Peter Lynch who was also a catholic. 8 acres of unprofitable land and 22 acres of both profitable & forfeited land are specified.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books 1838 provides various spellings for this townland: Curraghaderry, Currach a Doire and Curraghaderra. According to this source, Curraghaderry was the property of Michael Clarke (Dublin) which consisted of 272½ acres statute measure including approximately 85 acres of bog and 8½ acres of water.

Census 1841 – 1851

Curraghaderry consisted of an area of 272 acres 1 rood 30 perches. In 1841, there were 246 residents, 118 were female and 128 were male. During this time, there were 44 inhabited houses and 2 unoccupied houses. In 1851, the population decreased significantly to 35 people, 20 were male and 15 were female. There were a total of 6 houses, 5 of which were unoccupied and 1 was not inhabited. The poor law valuation rate in 1851 was £73-10-0.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

According to griffith’s valuation 1855, all the land was owned by Courtney K Clarke who rented tenements out to the following: Martin Corrigan, Thomas Ruane, William Varley, Michael Varley, Thomas Moran, Patrick Lohan, Ellen Hughes and Thomas Jennings. Martin Corrigan paid an annual rent of £10 for 30 acres 1 rood 24 perches of land. Thomas Ruane paid £5-5-0 for 9 roods 2 roods 10 perches of house, offices and land. William Varley paid £6-10-0 for 13 acres 2 roods 14 perches of office and land. William Varley along with Michael Varley paid 0-30-0 for 50 acres 3 roods 14 perches of land. Thomas Moran paid £7 for 12 acres 1 rood 15 perches of house, office and land. Patrick Lohan paid £8-10-0 for 14 acres 0 roods 30 perches of house, offices and land. Ellen Hughes paid £7-15-0 for 14 acres 1 rood 12 perches of house, office and land. Thomas Jennings paid £9-5-0 for 15 acres 3 roods of house, office and land. Courtney K Clarke retained an area of 93 acres 3 roods 8 perches of land which he paid £19-15-0 for. The overall total annual valuation rate paid was £93-10-0.

Census 1901

There were a total of 7 households in Curraghaderry in 1901. There were a total of 38 residents, 17 were male and 21 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholics. The residents were from County Galway except for 1 individual John Communs who was born in County Mayo. Most women who were married to farmers listed their occupations as a farmer’s wife. The heads of households were: John Moran, Michael Hughes, Patrick Jennings, Mary Lohan, John Communs, Mary Ruane and Thomas Connolly. The census forms which were collected on the 13th April 1901 showed that all houses were built as private dwellings. The house walls were made of permanent material while each house roof was made of perishable material.

John Moran (62) worked as a farmer. He was married to Honor (56). They lived with their 3 unmarried children: Ellen (20), John (18) and James (16). Ellen listed her occupation as a farmer’s daughter while her brothers recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Honor could read only. The rest of the household were able to read and write. The occupants spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John Moran owned the land on which his house was situated along with 2 farm buildings.

Michael Hughes (55) worked as a farmer. He was married to Mary (50). They lived with their 6 single children: Ellen (28), Winnie (19), Honor (18) and Kate (17) recorded their occupations as farmer’s daughters. Annie (15) and John (12) were scholars. The family were able to read and write. The 6 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Michael Hughes owned the land on which his house is situated along with 2 farm buildings.

Patrick Jennings (66) worked as a farmer. He could read. He was married to Winnie (60) who was able to read and write. They lived with their son Michael (34) who was married to Bridget (28) and they could both read and write. Winnie who was 1 month old was recorded on the census form. Kate Mooney (14), a domestic servant and Michael Mullin (5), a visitor who both spoke English were documented on the census form. Michael who could read and write listed his occupation as a farmer’s son. Bridget and her daughter Winnie listed their occupations as farmer’s daughters. The 4 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. Patrick Jennings owned the land on which his house was situated along with 3 farm buildings.

Mary Lohan (50) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her unmarried daughter Maggie (22) and 2 single sons Patrick (20) and John Thomas (16). Maggie listed her occupation as a farmer’s daughter while her brothers recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. The 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. Mary Lohan owned the land on which her house was situated along with 3 farm buildings.

John Commins (52) worked as a farmer. He was married to Mary (50). Although they could not read, they spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. John Commins owned the land on which his house was situated along with 3 farm buildings.

Mary Ruane (50) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her son Michael (17) who recorded his occupation as a farmer’s son. Although Mary could not read, Michael could read and write. They both spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Mary Ruane owned the land on which her house was situated. There were no farm buildings on the land.

Thomas Connolly (36) worked as a farmer. He was married to Kate (37). They lived with their 8 children. Patrick (12), Martin (9), Delia (8), Mary (6) and John (5) were scholars. James was 3 years old, Maggy was 2 years old and Kate was 3 months old. Naturally the 4 youngest children could not read. Thomas and his 3 eldest sons were able to read and write. Kate and Mary could read. The Connolly family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows. 10 people occupied 2 rooms. Thomas Connolly owned the land on which his house was situated but he did not own any farm buildings.

Census 1911

There were 7 households in Curraghaderry in 1911. There were 42 residents, 22 were male and 20 were female who were all Roman Catholic. The heads of households were: Thomas Connolly, Michael Ruane, John Commons, John Moran, Mary Hughes, Winifred Jennings and Mary Lohan. The census forms which were collected on the 5th April 1901 showed that all houses were built as private dwellings. The house walls were made of stone, brick or concrete. The roof of each house was made of perishable material. Overall, there were a total of 39 farm buildings (5 stables, 7 cow houses, 3 calf houses, 7 piggeries, 7 fowl houses, 6 barns and 4 cart houses.

Thomas Connolly (52) worked as a farmer. He was married to Catherine (51). At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 23 years, had 8 children, 8 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 7 single children. Patrick F (22) and Martin J (20) recorded their occupations as farmer’s sons. Delia A (19), Mary (17) and John J (16) had no occupation listed. Margreta (13) and Kathleen (11) were scholars. The occupants could read and write except for Catherine who could read only. The family spoke Irish and English. The occupants were born in County Galway. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Thomas Connolly owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, and 1 barn.

Michael Ruane (30) worked as a farmer. He lived with his wife Catherine (35). Michael and Catherine spoke Irish and English. Catherine could read and write. At the time of the 1911 census, Michael and Catherine were married for 8 years, had 4 children, 4 of whom were still alive in 1911: Mary (7), Catherine (5), Honor (3) and William (2). Michael and his children could not read. The family were born in County Galway. The Ruane family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Michael Ruane owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 fowl house.

John Commons (70) who was a widower worked as a farmer. Catherine Coyne (28), William Coyne (28) were recorded on the census form. Catherine (John’s niece) and William (John’s 2nd cousin) were married for 7 years at the time of the 1911 census and they had 3 children, 3 of whom were still alive in 1911 & were listed as 3rd cousins to the head of family: John (5), Thomas (3) and William (1). John and Catherine were born in County Mayo. All of the cousins were born in County Galway. The entire household were born in County Galway. The occupants lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John Commons owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

John Moran (74) worked as a farmer. He lived with his wife Honor (72) who did not document an occupation. At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 46 years, had 8 children, 7 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their 3 single children and 1 grandchild. Honor could read only while the rest of the household were able to read and write. John, Honor, James and Bridget spoke Irish and English. There was no language listed for Catherine and her brother John. Honor could read only while the rest of the household were able to read and write. The occupants lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. John Moran owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 barn.

Mary Hughes (69) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 2 single children. Ellen (40) had no occupation listed. John (25) recorded his occupation as a farmer’s son. Mary and Ellen spoke Irish and English. There was no language listed for John. Mary could read only while Ellen and John were able to read and write. The occupants were born in County Galway. The family lived in 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Mary Hughes owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Winifred Jennings (71) was widow who had no occupation listed. Winifred could read. She lived with her son Michael (44) who worked as a farmer and her daughter-in-law Bridget (40). At the time of the 1911 census, Michael and Bridget were married for 13 years, had 8 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911. Patrick (9) was a scholar who could read and write. Thomas (5), Mary (4), Michael (3) and Mark (1) naturally could not read. Michael, his wife and eldest child could read and write. The 4 eldest members of the household spoke Irish and English. The family were born in County Galway. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 windows. Michael Jennings owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

Mary Lohan (70) was a widow who had no occupation recorded. She lived with her son Patrick (30) and her daughter-in-law Catherine (30). At the time of the 1911 census, Patrick and Catherine were married for 2 years and they had 1 child: Patrick John (10 months). All occupants were born in County Galway. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Patrick Lohan owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.

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