Ballinlough

Ballymacward Parish

Aisling Deely

Stone Carving by Woodlawn Heritage Group CES Participants
Aisling Deely
Copy of RMP map of Galway (Sheet 73) showing Ballinlough
Ordnance Survey Ireland

Ballinlough, Co. Galway Location

Ballinlough

The name Ballinlough derives from the Gaelic Baile an Locha, meaning Town of the Lake. Ballinlough is a townland in the civil parish of Ballymacward in the electoral district of Killaan.

It lies in the south of Ballymacward parish and is bounded by Cave, Carranakelly, Carrana Upper, Carraholla, Greenhills and Moyward townlands in this barony.

O’Donovan’s field name books (1838)

According to O’Donovan’s field name books (1838) the standard spelling for the townland of Ballinlough is Ballinlough and the Irish Baile an Locha, Ballinlough by Sketch Map, Ballinaclougha Larkin’s Co. Map, Ballanlough Bernard Browne, Esq., Ballanlough Andrew Browne, Esq., Ballanlough William Woods, Esq., Ballinlough Honble. W.Le Poer Trench.

In 1838 Ballinlough was the property of John Blakeny held by deed for ever. It contains a.r.p. (acres, roods, perches) all of which ‘is flat and wet and of bad quality houses and roads are in bad repair’.

Down Survey

The Down Survey Map 1641 pre Cromwell states that the owner of Ballinalough was the Earl of Clanrickard Protestant. The Down Survey Map 1670 shows that the owner was the same name.

There were 93 acres of profitable plantation acres and 39 acres of unprofitable plantation acres.

Griffiths Valuation

According to Griffiths Valuation the area of the townland of Ballinalough is 93 acres, 1 rood and 6 perches. The valuation of the land was £39 and the valuation of the buildings was £3 15s Od gwins a total value of £42. 15s Od. John Trench owned all the land in Ballinalough and he leased it to the following;

Ellen Gavan who paid a total valuation of £10s for a house and land.

Mary Kenderigan paid a total valuation of 10 shillings for a house and land.

Michael Dwyer paid a total valuation of 15 shillings for a house, offices and land.

Martin Murphy paid a total valuation of 15 shillings for a house and land.

Dominick Lopdell paid a total valuation of 15 shillings for land.

Edward Ward paid a total valuation of 15 shillings for a house, offices and land.

Census 1901 for Ballinlough

There were 4 households listed in the townland of Ballinlough in 1901. All of the occupants of the households were Roman Catholic. There were fifteen male and twelve female inhabitants. All the occupants were born in Co. Galway. The heads of the households were: Patrick Ward, Patrick Carney, Patrick Kenny, and Michael Kinderegan. The census forms that were collected on the 13th April 1901 showed that 4 houses were listed as private dwellings.

Patrick Ward (71) lived with his wife Mary (60) his sons Thomas (20), Joseph (12), his daughters Eliza (19) and Mary (14). Patrick listed his occupation as a farmer while his wife Mary was a housekeeper. Both Patrick and Mary could read and write. They both spoke Irish and English. Thomas was listed as a farmers son and Eliza was listed as Assistant Housekeeper. Mary and Joseph were listed as scholars. All children could read and write and spoke English only. The Ward family lived in a 2nd class house with 5 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was situated.

Patrick Carney (35) lived with his wife Catherine (25) his daughter Mary (2) his mother Mary (80) and his nephew Thomas (12). Patrick listed his occupation as a farmer while his wife Catherine was a housekeeper. They both spoke Irish and English. Catherine could read and write.  Mary spoke Irish and English.  The Carney family lived in a 2nd class house with 2 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was situated.

Patrick Kenny (55) lived with his wife Mary (44) his 6 sons Thomas (24), Mike (20), Pat (15), James (10), Joseph (6), William (4) his 3 daughters Bridget (17), Winefred (12), and Annie (8). Patrick listed his occupation as a farmer while his wife Mary was a housekeeper. They both spoke Irish and English. Mary could read. Thomas, Mike, Pat and Bridget were listed as farmer’s. Winefred, James, Annie and Joseph were listed as scholars.  The 7 eldest members of the family could read and write. All of the children spoke English only. The Kenny family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was situated.

Michael Kinderegan (70) lived with his wife Mary Anne (50) his sons Patrick (30), John (24) his daughter Margaret (27). Michael listed his occupation as a farmer while his wife Mary Anne was a housekeeper. Michael spoke Irish and English. Mary Anne could read and write. Patrick, John and Margaret were listed as Farmer’s.  All of the children  could read and write. The Kinderegan family lived in a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Michael owned the land on which the house was situated.

Census 1911 for Ballinlough

There were 4 households listed in the townland of Ballinlough in 1911. There were twelve male and eleven female inhabitants.  All of the occupants of the households were born in Co. Galway. All of the occupants of the households were Roman Catholic. The heads of the households were: Patrick Ward, Patrick Carney, Mary Kenny and Michael Kindregan. The census forms that were collected on the 4th April showed 4 houses listed as private dwellings. Overall there was a total of 11 farm buildings (4 cow houses, 3 piggeries, 2 barns, and 2 Turf houses.

Patrick Ward (82) lived with his wife Mary (71), his sons Thomas (28), Joseph (26) his daughter Eliza (36). Patrick listed his occupation as a farmer. Both Patrick and Mary could read and write. Both Thomas and Joseph were listed as farmers sons.  All of the children could read and write. The Ward family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Patrick owned the house on which the land was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 turf house.

Patrick Carney (47) lived with his wife Catherine (33) his sons John (10), Dan (4), his daughters Mary (13), Ellie (8), Delia (7), and Katie (6). Patrick listed his occupation as a farmer. Catherine could read and write. Mary, John, Ellie, Delia and Katie were listed as scholars.  Mary, John, and Ellie could read and write. The Carney family lived in a 2nd class house with 4 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

Mary Kenny (57), a widow lived with her sons Thomas (34), James (20), Joseph (16), Willie (14), her daughter Annie (18).  Thomas, James and Joseph were listed as farmer’s sons. Willie was listed as a scholar.  James, Joseph, Willie, and Annie could read and write. The Kenny family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Mary owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 barn, and 1 turf house.

Michael Kindregan (86) lived with his wife Mary (73), his son John (37) and his daughter Maggie (39). Michael listed his occupation as a farmer. Michael spoke Irish and English. Mary spoke Irish and English and could read and write.  John was listed as farmer’s son. Both John and Maggie could read and write. The Kindregan family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Michael owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

Record of Monuments and Places

GA073:012 (Enclosure) is located within gently rolling farmland close to the northern boundary of the townland. This is a poorly preserved and somewhat featureless circular platform measuring 35m in diameter. (Courtesy of ‘Archaeological Inventory of County Galway Vol. II – North Galway’. Compiled by Olive Alcock, Kathy de hÓra and Paul Gosling (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1999).

 

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