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Does anyone know anything about Derrine, Kilbeacanty, Galway? Apparently it has an area of 0.94 sq miles. see link…

I seem to have a lot of relatives who were born and lived there in the 1850s, 1860s etc. 0.94 sq mi is very small. It doesn't seem that there was a town there. The whole area looks like fields nowadays. How would people have been living in that area in the 1860s? Would they have had farms that extended beyond the boundaries of Derrine? 

Does anyone know anything about that area today?

Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide?

Jennifer Monopolis


Wednesday 21st Sep 2022, 03:47PM

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  • Jennifer,

    Here’s Derreen in the 1901 census.  It was a townland, a standard Irish administrative land unit. There were 17 households and a total population of 104 people. 597 acres. All obtained their living by farming and agriculture:

    You can see the land on the maps on Griffiths Valuation site. And you can use the site to view the land today. (The better land is still farmland, and the poorer looks to have been planted with trees.).

    Judging by Griffiths, in the mid 1800s, those tenants farmed that land in common.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 21st Sep 2022, 04:22PM
  • Hello Elwyn

    Thank you very very much. This is so helpful. I see from the census there were many Reillys still in Derrine in 1901. My family came to New Zealand in the 1860s and 1870s but they were big families in those days and these people in the 1901 census must be descendants of those individuals who didn't emigrate. I am going to enjoy trying to figure out where they fit into the family tree!


    Many thanks and best wishes, Jennifer


    Wednesday 21st Sep 2022, 05:06PM

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