Newtown North

Information taken from a variety of official documents

Research: Noreen Shiel, Abbey Heritage

Newtown North Townland

Newtown North, An Baile Nua Thuaidh, New Townland/Town/Homestead

Newtown North is a small townland in the civil parish of Ballinakill, in the electoral district of Drumkeary, the barony of Leitrim and the county of Galway. It is situated in the north end of the parish of Ballynakill about 3½ miles north of Woodford. This townland is all under cultivation with only two small pieces of furze and a piece of bog. There is a large Danish fort in the northwest end.

According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838) the standard name of the townland is Newtown North.  O’Donovan also states that there is a reference to Newtown North in the following documents: B S Sketch and Hyath. Clarke, Esq. and that it was listed as Newtown in Larkin’s County Map.

Newtown North is referred to as Lishludderane in the the Down Survey Map. The Down Survey Map 1641 (pre Cromwell) states that the owner was Bourke, John McLonack (Catholic). The Down Survey Map 1670 (post Cromwell) further states that the owner was Ayleward, Peter (Protestant).

1851 Old Age Pension Census Search forms

There was no old age pension census search form listed for Newtown North.

Tithe Applotment 1834

The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. The land was measured in Irish acres or plantation acres at the time and this equated to 1.6198 English acres. The tithe applotment for the townland of Newtown North was undertaken in 1834. It states that the townland of Newtown North was in the parish of Ballinakill and in the Diocese of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh.

There was one proprietor in the townland at this time, namely J H Aylward Esq. According to the Tithe Applotment Books he held 82 acres 3 roods of land which was occupied by 14 named tenants. The following is an account of the tenants’ landholdings, the value of their acres, the amount of composition of the tithe and how this was dispersed among the church hierarchy:

Fras [Francis] Fahy held 9 acres and 1 rood of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £7 8s 0d. He paid 4s 5d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 6¾d and the Vicar received 2s 9d which was a total of 3s 3¾d.

Pat Fahy held 3 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £2 8s 0d. He paid 1s 5d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 2¼d and the Vicar received 10½d which was a total of 1s ¾d.

Pat Flynn held 4 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 4s 0d. He paid 1s 11d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3d and the Vicar received 1s 2¼d which was a total of 1s 5¼d.

John Martyn held 9 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £7 4s 0d. He paid 4s 4d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 6¾d and the Vicar received 2s 8¼d which was a total of 3s 3d.

Peter Flynn held 6 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £4 16s 0d. He paid 2 10d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 4½d and the Vicar received 1s 9d which was a total of 2s 1½d.

John Fahy held 6 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £4 16s 0d. He paid 2 10d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 4½d and the Vicar received 1s 9d which was a total of 2s 1½d.

Pat Aylward Snr held 5 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £4 0s 0d. He paid 2 5d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3¾d and the Vicar received 1s 6d which was a total of 1s 9¾d.

Pat Alyward Jnr held 3 acres and 1 rood of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £2 12s 0d. He paid 1s 6d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 2¼d and the Vicar received 11½d which was a total of 1s 1½d.

John Alyward held 3 acres and 1 rood of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £2 12s 0d. He paid 1s 6d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 2¼d and the Vicar received 11½d which was a total of 1s 1½d.

Pat Flynn held 5 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £4 0s 0d. He paid 2 5d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3¾d and the Vicar received 1s 6d which was a total of 1s 9¾d.

Thos [Thomas] Flynn held 4 acres and 1 rood of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 8s 0d. He paid 2s ¼d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3¼d and the Vicar received 1s 3d which was a total of 1s 6¼d.

Michl [Michael] Fahy held 4 acres and 3 roods of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 16s 0d. He paid 2s 2¾d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3½d and the Vicar received 1s 4½d which was a total of 1s 8d.

Thos [Thomas] Donelan held 10 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £8 0s 0d. He paid 4s 10d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 7½d and the Vicar received 3s 0d which was a total of 3s 7½d.

Pat Derivan held 10 acres of land that was valued at 16 shillings per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £8 0s 0d. He paid 4s 10d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 7½d and the Vicar received 3s 0d which was a total of 3s 7½d.

Griffith’s Valuation

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1855) the area of the townland of Newtown North was 134 acres, 1 rood and 12 perches. The valuation of the land was £87 10s 0d and the valuation of the buildings was £2 10s 0d giving a total valuation of £90 0s 0d. Sir Thos. J Burke Bt [Baronet]was the immediate leaser of all the property in the townland. The occupiers were Edward Kavanagh, Michael Fahy, John Fahy, Thomas Fahy, Thomas Flynn, Martin Fahy, Francis McDonagh, Patrick Aylward, William Carey, Thomas Fahy and James Kenny. Edward Kavanagh paid a total of £26 0s 0d for a house, offices and land. Michael Fahy paid a total of £5 15s 0d for a house and land. John Fahy paid a total of £5 10s 0d for a house, offices and land. Thomas Flynn paid a total of £5 0s 0d for a house, offices and land. Thomas Fahy paid a total of £3 0s 0d for land. Martin Fahy paid a total of £3 0s 0d for land. Francis McDonagh paid a total of £11 10s 0d for land. Patrick Aylward paid a total of £6 15s 0d for a house and land. William Carey paid a total of £5 10s 0d for a house and land. Thomas Fahy paid a total of £3 0s 0d for land. James Kenny paid a total of £15 0s 0d for land.

Census 1901

The N Form shows that there were six inhabited houses in Newtown North at the time of the 1901 census with 29 inhabitants. There were 18 males and 11 females and all were Roman Catholics. All the residents were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: James Fahy, Michl. McDonagh, John Martin, Patrick Flynn, Francis Fahy and Thomas Fahy. According to the B1 Form the houses were built as private dwellings and had walls built of a permanent material and just one house had a roof made from permanent material. The B2 Form reveals that there were 25 outhouses consisting of 6 stables, 5 cow houses, 1 calf house, 5 piggeries, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 6 sheds. Form A was collected on the 15th April, 1901 from all the households.

James Fahy was a 47 year old farmer. He lived with his 20 year old daughter Mary F, his 14 year old daughter Elizabeth and his son James who was 12 years old. James was a widower. Elizabeth and James were scholars. All the family could read and write and none of them spoke Irish. Mary F was not married. James Fahy’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. James owned the land on which the house was built and had 4 outhouses including a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

Michael McDonagh was a 48 year old farmer. He was married to Bridgt (sic) who was also 48 and they had 4 children living with them at the time of the census. Mary Ann was their 21 year old daughter and they had 3 sons: Francis was 19 years old: Pat was 17 years old and James was 16 years of age. Mary Ann was listed as a farmer’s daughter and Francis was listed as a farmer’s son. Pat and James were listed as scholars. None of the children were married. All the family could read and write and spoke English only. Michael McDonagh’s house had 2 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 4 rooms. He owned the land on which the house was built and had 6 outhouses including a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

John Martin was a 67 year old farmer. He lived with his wife Anne who was 52 years old and his 29 year old son Martin. John was unable to read and Anne and Martin could read and write. John and Anne could speak English and Irish but Martin spoke English only. Martin was not married. John Martin’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. John owned the land on which the house was built and had 4 outhouses namely a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

Patrick Flynn was a 40 year old farmer. He lived with his wife Mary who was 37 years old and their 3 children: John who was 3 years old; Michael who was 2 years old and Margaret who was 6 months old. Patrick’s cousin, 70 year old Bridget Flynn was also resident with them. Bridget was listed as a general servant. Patrick and Mary could read and write and Bridget could read. All three adults spoke English and Irish. Patrick Flynn’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was built and had 5 outhouses namely a stable, a calf house, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

Francis Fahy was a 60 year old farmer. He lived with his wife Bridget who was 40 years old and their 6 children: Michael who was 18 years old; Delia who was 16 years of age; Lizzie who was 14 years old; William who was 12 years of age; Francis who was 10 years old and 8 year old Thomas. Lizzie, William, Francis and Thomas were listed as scholars. The parents, Francis and Bridget, were unable to read but all the other family members could read and write. All three adults spoke English and Irish. Francis Fahy’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. Francis owned the land on which the house was built and had 5 outhouses namely a stable, a calf house, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

Thomas Flynn was a 32 year old farmer. He was alone on the night the census was taken. He was not married and spoke English only. He could read and write. Thomas Flynn’s house had one front window and was listed as a third class house with one room. He owned the land on which the house was built and had 2 outhouses, namely a stable and a shed.

Census 1911

There were five inhabited houses in Newtwon North at the time of the 1911 census with 25 inhabitants. According to the N Form there were 16 males and 9 females and all were Roman Catholics. All the residents were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were Micheal McDonagh, John Martin, Patrick Flynn, Francis Fahy and Thomas Flynn. According to the B1 Form the houses were built as private dwellings and had walls built of a permanent material and just one house had a roof made from permanent material. The B2 Form reveals that there were 31 outhouses consisting of 5 stables, 5 cow houses, 3 calf houses, 5 piggeries, 3 fowl houses, 4 barns and 5 sheds.

Michael McDonagh was a 63 year old farmer. He was married to Bridget who was 65 years old and they had 4 children, all living at the time of the census. Their sons Francis who was 32 and Pat who was 30 years old were living with them on the night the census was taken. Their daughter-in-law Margaret who was 35 years old was also living with them. Francis was married and Pat was single. All the family could read and write. Micheal and Bridget spoke Irish and English. Michael McDonagh’s house had 2 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 5 rooms. It was the only house in the townland to have a roof made of a permanent material. He owned the land on which the house was built and had 6 outhouses including a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

John Martin was a 79 year old farmer. He lived with his wife Anne who was 72 years old and their 42 year old son Martin. Martin’s wife Anne who was 28 years old and their children Anne Agnes who was 3 years old and one year old Mary Kate were also resident on the night of the census. John and Anne had been married for 50 years and had 4 children, one of whom was living at the time of the census. Martin and Anne had been married for 4 years and had 2 children, both of whom were alive at this time. John could read only and Anne, Martin and his wife could read and write. John and Anne could speak English and Irish. John Martin’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 4 rooms. John owned the land on which the house was built and had 7 outhouses namely a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a barn, a turf house and a shed.

Patrick Flynn was a 65 year old land holder. He lived with his wife Mary who was 60 years old and their 5 children: John who was 14 years old; Michael who was 13 years old; Maggie who was 11 years old; Patrick who was 8 years of age and 6 year old Peter. Patrick and Mary were married for 15 years and had 5 children all of whom were alive at the time of the census. All of the children were listed as scholars. All of the family could read and write. None of them spoke Irish. Patrick’s house had 3 front windows and was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was built and had 4 outhouses namely a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

Francis Fahy was a 72 year old farmer. He lived with his wife Bridget who was 67 years old and their 3 children: Frank who was 23 years old; Thomas who was 21 years old and 18 year old John. Francis and Bridget had 10 children, 7 of whom were alive at the time of the census. The 3 adult children were single and all listed as labourers. The parents, Francis and Bridget were unable to read but all the other family members could read and write. English was the only language spoken. Patrick Flynn’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. Patrick owned the land on which the house was built and had 7 outhouses namely a stable, a calf house, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

Thomas Fahy was a 43 year old farmer. He lived with his father James, also a farmer who was 67 years of age. Thomas was single and James was a widower. Both could read and write and neither spoke Irish. Thomas Fahy’s house had 3 front windows and was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. He owned the land on which the house was built and had 7 outhouses, namely a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

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