Shanbally

Information taken from a variety of official documents

Research: Noreen Shiel, Abbey Heritage

Shanbally townland

Shanbally, An Seanbhaile, Old Town, Townland, Homestead

Shanbally is a small townland in the civil parish of Duniry, in the electoral district of Tynagh, the barony of Leitrim and the county of Galway. It is situated in the south end of the parish of Dooniry [Duniry], Barony of Leitrim, 5 3/4 miles north northwest of Woodford.

There is some bog in the northeast end of this townland, the remainder is under cultivation. A fort called “Brucke[unable to read.]. a don” and a Trigonometrical Station are on it. It is 240 feet above low water at the sea in an area in the northeast end.

It is situated in the north east end of the parish of Ballynakill about 3 ½ miles north east of Woodford. This townland is partially cultivated about the centre being composed of rough boggy land, rocks and furze.

According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838) the standard name of the townland was Shanbally. O’Donovan also states that there is a reference to Shanbally in the following documents B. S. Sketch, Rev. Charles Robinson,  Mr. Lynch, Mr. Eyre,  Inq. Temp. Car. I
and Inq. Temp. Gul. III. It is referred to as Shanvally  in Inq. Temp. Eliz. and as Shanballagh in Inq. Temp. Jac. I.

There were no records for the Down Survey of Ireland.

1851 Old Age Pension Census Search forms

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

Tithe Applotment Books

There are no tithe applotment books listed for Shanbally.

Griffith’s Valuation

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1855) the area of the townland of Shanbally was 213 acres, 0 roods and 2 perches. The valuation of the land was £123 10s 0d and the valuation of the buildings was £3 15s 0d giving a total valuation of £127 5s 0d. Peter Blake owned all the property in the townland and was in fee for a caretaker’s house, offices and land. He had a plot comprising of 90 acres and 38 perches and paid an annual valuation of £70 5s 0d. Peter Blake leased a total of 123 acres 3 roods and 4 perches to the following: Michael Martin and Michael Kelly paid a total annual valuation of £23 0s 0d for houses, offices and land. Patrick Kavanagh paid a total valuation of £16 0s 0d for a caretaker’s house, land and workman’s house. Patrick Keeling paid a total valuation of £10 0s 0d for land. John Broderick paid a total valuation of £8 0s 0d for land and a cottier’s house.

Census 1901

The N Form shows that there were 4 inhabited houses in Shanbally at the time of the 1901 census with 14 inhabitants. There were 8 males and 6 females and all were Roman Catholics. All the residents were born in Co Galway. Michael Kelly, Mary Duane, Mary Lawless and Mary Kiely were the heads of the households. According to the B1 Form the houses were built as private dwellings and had walls built of a permanent material and all the roofs were constructed from perishable material. The B1 Form reveals that there were 13 outhouses but there is no B2 form available to itemise them.

Michael Kelly was a 56 year old farmer. He was married to Bridget who was 57 years of age and they had 4 sons listed on the census form: Michael who was 25 years old; Patrick who was 23 years old; John who was 21 and 19 year old Thomas. Patrick was a carpenter but there were no occupations listed for the other sons. Michael (senior) could read and all the other family members could read and write. None of the sons were married at the time of the census. Michael Kelly’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 3 rooms. Michael owned the land on which the house was built. He had 7 outhouses but there is no B2 Form available to list them.

Mary Duane was a 48 year old widow. She had 2 daughters and one grandson listed on the census form: Ellen who was 20 years old; Katie who was 18 years old and 12 year old Luke Duane. Mary was listed as a cook/domestic servant. Katie was a dressmaker and Luke was a scholar. Ellen, Katie and Luke could read and write. Ellen and Katie were single. Mary Duane’s house had 2 front windows and it was listed as a third class house with 3 rooms. James Bohan owned the land on which the house was built. There were 2 outhouses but there is no B2 Form available to list them.

Mary Lawlesswas a 35 year farm servant. She was single and lived alone. Mary was unable to read. Mary Duane’s house had no front windows and it was listed as a fourth class house with one room. Patrick O Mally owned the land on which the house was built. There were 2 outhouses but there is no B2 Form available to list them.

Mary Kiely was a 40 year old farm servant. She had 2 sons listed on the census form: Martin was 19 years old and Michael was 15 years old. Martin and Michael were listed as farm labourers. None of the residents were married. Mary and Martin could read and Michael could read and write. Mary Kiely’s house had no front windows and it was listed as a fourth class house with one room. Daniel Larkin owned the land on which the house was built. There were 2 outhouses but there is no B2 Form available to list them.

Census 1911

The N Form showed that there were 3 inhabited houses in Shanbally at the time of the 1911 census with 16 inhabitants. There were 10 males and 6 females and all were Roman Catholics. 12 of the residents were born in Co Galway and 4 were born in Scotland. Michael Kelly, Mary Hodgens and Mary Duane were the heads of the households. According to the B1 Form the 3 houses were built as private dwellings and had walls made from permanent materials. All 3 houses had roofs built from perishable material. The B2 Form reveals that there were 9 outhouses consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn 1 turf house and I shed. The census form was collected on the 11th April, 1911.

Michael Kelly was a 73 year old farmer. He was married to Bridget who was 68 years of age and they had 3 sons listed on the census form: Michael who was 36 years old; Patrick who was 34 years old and John who was 32 year old. Their daughter in law Annie who was 30 years old was also resident along with their grandchildren Mary Delia who was 2 years old and 11 month old Michael J. Michael and Bridget were married for 37 years at the time of the census and had 6 children, 4 of whom were surviving at the time. Their son Michael and daughter in law Annie were married for 3 years and had 2 children, both of whom were alive at the time. Michael and John were listed as farmers and Patrick was a carpenter. All the adult family members could read and write. John and Patrick were single at the time of the census. Michael Kelly’s house had 3 front windows and it was listed as a second class house with 5 rooms. Michael owned the land on which the house was built. There were 8 outbuildings including a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a workshop and a shed.

Mary Hodgens was a 47 year old widow who was listed as a farmer/herd. She had 7 children, 5 of whom were living at the time of the census. She lived with her sons: Joseph who was 16 years old; Samuel Redmond who was 12 years old, Oscar who was 10 years old and 7 year old Harold. All the sons were born in Scotland and Mary was born in Galway. All the family could read and write. All the sons were listed as scholars. Mary Hodgen’s house had 2 front windows and it was listed as a third class house with 2 rooms. James Melia owned the land on which the house was built. There were 3 out houses namely a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

Mary Duane was a 69 year old widow. She had 11 children, 9 of whom were alive at the time of the census. There was one daughter and one grandson listed as resident on the census form: Ellen who was 28 years old and 22 year old Luke Duane. Mary was listed as a farmer. Luke was a labourer. Ellen and Luke could read and write and both of them were single. Mary Duane’s house had 2 front windows and it was listed as a third class house with 2 rooms. Mary owned the land on which the house was built. There were 3 outhouses, namely a calf house, a piggery and a fowl house.

 

 

 

 

 

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