Civil Parish of Liskeevy & Civil Parish of Tuam
Kilclooney is situated in the civil parish of Liskeevy and in the civil parish of Tuam, barony of Dunmore, County Galway. Kilclooney is located in the west extremity of the parish, bounded on the north and east by the parish of Dunmore, on the east by the parish of Tuam, on the south by Kilaphrasouge and on the West by Clashaganny.
The down survey map 1641 (pre Cromwell) and the down survey map 1670 (post Cromwell) under the name ‘Killalounty’ states that Kilclooney was owned by the bishop of Tuam. 159 acres of profitable land are specified.
O’Donovan’s Field Names 1838 provides various spellings of this townland: Kilcloony, Cill a Chlunaigh, Kylclownly & Kilclony, Kilcloony West, Killclooney and ‘Killcloony’. According to this source, Kilcloony was the property of John Bodkin, Esq, Quarrymount. It contains 302 ½ acres including approximately 65 acres of bog and 30 acres of rough pasture, approximately 17 acres of plantation or woody land.
Kilcloony consisted of an area of 302 acres 3 roods 10 perches. In 1841, there were 60 residents, 29 were male and 31 were female who inhabited 11 houses. By 1851, population has decreased to 17 residents, 9 were male and 8 were female. There were 2 inhabited houses and 1 inhabited house. The poor law valuation rate paid was £171.
Mary McGrath – Application Number C16 863: Mary McGrath applied for the pension on the 31st January 1916. At the time of the application her address was Ms Mary Corless, Dalgin, Milltown, Tuam, Co Galway. According to Mary, her parents were John and Margaret McGrath (nee Mannion). Mary was paid an annual pension of £16-17-0.
Michael McHugh – Application Number C20 5832: Michael McHugh applied for the pension on the 11th May 1920. At the time of the application, his address was The Secy, Ministry of Health, Whitehall, SW1. According to Michael, his parents were John and Mary McHugh (nee Flynn). Michael was paid an annual pension of £16-17-0.
According to Griffith’s valuation, Rep John Bodkin leased tenements to the following tenants: Maurice McWalter, John Quinn, Michael Quinn, John Prendergast and James Kane. Maurice McWalter paid a total annual valuation rate of £94 0s 0d for 98 acres 3 rood 23 perches of land. John and Michael Quinn both paid a total valuation rate of £11 10s 0d for 20 acres 2 roods 21 perches of land. John Prendergast paid a total valuation rate of £90 0s 0d for land, herd’s house and offices. James Kane paid a total annual valuation rate of £21 0s 0d for 24 acres 0 roods 8 perches of house, office and land. Rep John Bodkin paid a total annual valuation rate of £19 15s 0d for 37 acres 1 rood 0 perches of plantations, gate house, forge and garden. John Bodkin also leased 61 acres 1 rood 24 perches of land to John Prendergast who paid an annual rent of £21-15.
There were 2 households in Kilcloony in 1901 where 14 people lived, 7 of whom were male and 7 of whom were female. All occupants were born in County Galway and were Roman Catholic. The heads of households were Michl [sic] O’Keane and Patt Murray. The 2 families spoke Irish and English except 2 year old Molly O’Keane; she spoke English only. The houses were listed as private dwellings. The walls on both houses were made of stone, brick or concrete. The O’Keane’s roof was made of perishable material while the house in which Patrick Murray lived was made of permanent material. The census forms were collected on the 6th April 1901.
Michl O’Keane worked as a farmer. He was 50 years old. He was married to Celia who was 30 years old. They lived with their 4 children: James was 8 years old, Maggy was 5 years old, Ellie was 3 years old and Molly was 2 years old. Patt O’Keane, an unmarried 40 year man, brother of head of household was also in the house. The 4 eldest members of the household could read and write. The O’Keane family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and 7 people occupied 3 rooms. Michael O’Keane owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.
Patt Murray, aged 50 worked as a herd. He was married to Mary who was 46 years old. Patt and Mary were unable to read. They lived with their 5 children: Kate was 20 years old, Michael was 19 years old, Patt was 18 years old, Mary was 15 years old and William was 13 years old. All of the children could read and write except Michael; he could read. The 4 older children are listed as being unmarried. The Murray family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and 8 people occupied 3 rooms. The Irish Land Commission owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.
The census forms which were collected on the 8th April 1911 showed that there were 2 households in Kilcloony in 1911. There were 2 heads of households: Patrick Murray and Celia Keane. There were 17 residents, 9 were male and 8 were female. All individuals were Roman Catholic and were born in County Galway. Both houses were built as private dwellings. The Murray house was listed as having walls and roof made of permanent material. The Keane house was listed as having walls of permanent material and roof of perishable material.
Patrick Murray, aged 64 worked as a farmer. Patrick was married to Mary who was 72 years old. Although Patrick could not read or write, Mary was able to read and write. At the time of the 1911 census, they were married for 35 years, had 7 children, 5 of whom were still alive in 1911. They lived with their sons Andrew and Michael and their daughter Mary Donnellan. Andrew was a single 33 year old man who worked as a mason. Michael was a single 26 year man who listed his occupation as a farmer’s son. Mary was 24 years old. At the time of the 1911 census, she was married for 4 years, had 3 children, 3 of whom were still alive in 1911: The 3 grandchildren were: 3 year old Thomas, 1 year old Patrick and 1 month old Bridget. Naturally the grandchildren could not read and were single. Everyone aged from 72 years old to 24 years old could speak Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 7 people occupied 3 rooms. Patrick Murray owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.
Celia Keane, a widow was 40 years old. She worked as a farmer. She lived with her 7 children: James who recorded his occupation as a farmer’s son was 18 years old, Margaret was 16 year old, Ellen was 14 years old, Mary was 12 years old, Bridget was 10 years old, John was 6 years old and Thomas was 5 years old. Ellen, Mary, Bridget and John were scholars. All of the household could read and write except for the 2 youngest sons. All members of the household spoke Irish and English except for the 3 youngest children. The Keane family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 6 people occupied 3 rooms. Celia Keane owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 cart house.