Geography

Caherroyn

 

Name (as per O.S.I. Map):

Caherroyn; Caheroyn; Caheroyan; Caheroyne

Ainm/Ainmneacha as Gaeilge (John O’Donavan’s Townland Index 1862):

Cathair Ruaidhin                                                                         

Meaning of the Name: 

Ainm as Gaeilge:                                          Meaning in English:

                                                                               

Cathair Ruaidhin                                            Roynes Stone Fort (Donovan)

                                                                       Cahirowen (Vestry book 1829)

Townland Names -The Athenry Journal, Vol. 1, No: 3, 1995

                                                 

Acreage (Richard Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864):

268 Acres; 0 Roods; 7 Square Perches

Valuation: £ s d

Propietor of the Townland:

Description (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is the property of Mrs. Reddington, three-quarters of which is cultivated, the remainder bog and furze. The road from Athenry to Monivea passes through its centre from south to north and its south bounds is part of the old town wall of Athenry comprising the north curtin and flanks of King John’s castle. It varies from 130 to 150 feet above sea level.

Situation (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is situated north and adjacent to the town of Athenry, bounded on the north by Ballydavid South and Cahirtubber West, south by Athenry and west by Cullairbaun.

1821 Census Data of the area including

Tithe Applotment Book Data (18   ):

1839 O.S.I. Map

1852 Griffiths Valuation Data:

O.S.I. Map (19   ) Showing Archaeological Sites:

1901 Census Data:

1911 Census Data:

1924-Names on Voters Lists for national Elections (Galway Co. Co.)

2005 Google Map

Villages within the Townland

Famous People of the Townland

2011 Census Population Data (D.E.D._______________________ )

Names of Children from National School Register

CAHEROYAN by Juno Barrett

Caheroyan trepresents probably the largest residential area in Athenry. But to a few hardy annuals, Caheroyan, at one time consisted of a line of cot­tages outside the Northgate.

The cottages have changed very little since they were built in 1906. This is a good thing because they are a lovely row of little houses. In fact they were once described to me by an overseas visitor as being a very pretty row of houses. On commenting on the condi­tion of the houses, the present resi­dents have to be complemented on the beautiful front gardens. Many of whom are direct descendants of the original owners. And, for the record this, is a list of the original owners:

KEATINGS (Family still there), KILKELLYS (Family still there), BURKES (Mary Delaney’s family), ROONEYS (Kevin Connolly’s family), NILANDS (Family still there), TIER-NEYS (Family still there),DONOHUE (No connection known), MULKERINS (No connection known), WHITE (Joe and Noel Flannerys grandad), FLANAGAN (My own grandmother’s folk), NEWALL (No Connection known), MULKERINS (Family still there), REILLYS (Sandra Fishers grandparents), KENNYS (Family still there),    KENNEDYS    (Monsie Kennedys folks).

As I have already mentioned, the houses were built in 1906, and were each built on one acre of ground. The annuity on the properties at that time was the magnificent sum of £3 but I have no doubt that for a lot of the fam­ilies living there it would have been hard to come by. I remember my granduncle, Jim Barrett, telling me that around the time the houses were built he was offered a field outside the town for ten shillings but he could not afford it. So the three pounds would have been a fair big sum of money. However, the residents of Caheroyan were a hardy, resilient folk, so they managed to get by.

It would be a wish of mine that Caheroyan would retain its old world character for as long as possible.

In finishing, I would like to thank Theresa and Greta Kenny for their help and also Mr Pat Flannery of Cullairbaun.