Addergoole Civil Parish and the Incidence of the Surname Corcoran in the Griffith's Valuation

Addergoole Civil Parish is located in Tirawley Barony and is part of Lahardane Roman Catholic Parish. Church microfilm is available on Lahardane Roman Catholic Parish covering the years 1840-1880. When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in 1857, there were 55 Townlands including the named occupied island in Beltra Lough.

The Griffith's Valuation for Addergoole Civil Parish showed Roman Catholic Chapels in the Townlands of Gortnaheltia and Lahardaun. There was a church (undocumented affiliation) in the Townland of Curraghmore and Graveyards were noted in the Townlands of Addergoole (Knockmaria) and Ballyteige.

The Townland of Lahardane (Lahardaun) had a documented "Fair Green" and "Tolls and Customs of Fairs" according to the Griffith's Valuation. The Statistical Survey of County Mayo that was conducted in 1802 didn't mention Lahardane as having a market for grains, cattle or other fairs. Lahardane is mentioned as having fairs on June 29 and August 15 of the 1845 Thom's Directory, but they were no longer mentioned in the report that came out in 1852-1853. (Gillespie; Crawford, 1987, p.88). I couldn't find any patent applications for fairs or markets for Lahardane or any other Townlands in Addergoole Civil Parish.

As far as education goes, Addergoole Civil Parish had National Schoolhouses in the Townlands of Cloondaff, Lahardaun, Massbrook Lower and Pollawaria. When Samuel Lewis compiled "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" he identified 2 public schools and 6 hedge schools for Addergoole Civil Parish. (Lewis, 1837; 1984, p. 10).

From an economic standpoint, Lahardaun would probably be considered the hub of this Civil Parish with its Fair Green and Tolls and Customs of Fairs. The Townland of Addergoole (also known as Knockmaria) had a Forge and a Pound, Ballyduffy had a Corn Mill and a Forge, and Bracklagh had a Corn Mill and Frieze Mills. The Townland of Claggarnagh East had a Forge, Tobernaveen had two Forges, Doonbredia had a Pound, and there were Herd's Houses in the Townlands of Addergoole, Ballymoyock, Boghadoon, Bracklagh, Caffoley, Claggarnagh West, Cuilkillew, Dervin, Gortnaheltia and Letterkeeghaun. This would seem to indicate that the area had significant pasture, grazing land. One item that I haven't seen mentioned before in the Griffith's Valuation were "Wood rangers Houses" that were found in the Townlands of Boghadoon, Carrickbarrett, and Prughlish. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Addergoole).

A variety of different Landlords were represented in Addergoole Civil Parish in the Griffith's Valuation, but Col. Charles Knox, Mervyn Pratt and Walter Bourke were the most prevalent, followed by the Earl of Arran, Chas and Bernard Coyne and Sir W. H Palmer Bt among others.

The population of Addergoole Civil Parish dropped substantially during and after the peak famine years like many other Civil Parishes in County Mayo. The population of Addergoole in 1841 was 7,379, dropping to 5,085 in 1851. By the year 1911 that number had dropped further to 3,496 and was only 1,586 in 1979. (O'Hara, 1984, p. 7).

There are numerous Corcorans in Addergoole Civil Parish documented in the Griffith's Valuation. The surname Corcoran is present in 10 different townlands with significant numbers in Doonaroya and Tobernaveen. Addergoole Civil Parish is divided into two different Poor Law Unions Ballina and Castlebar. All of the Corcorans are in Castlebar Union. In the following table, John Corcoran and partner are also listed as a landlord for one tenant in Doonaroya Townland.

There is one caveat to keep in mind when looking at these findings from the Griffith's Valuation: The Griffith's Valuation only includes the individuals (occupiers) who own, lease or rent a parcel. For instance it will list a householder but not the individuals who live with him. It was common in County Mayo for individuals to share parcels, particularly of land (The Rundale system of communal land sharing). Sometimes the whole town shared one parcel of land. Shared parcels may or may not be with related individuals. Just because an individual is a lone occupier of a parcel does not mean that he is living in (house) or tilling (garden) this parcel alone. He may have numerous family members living with him, but they will not be listed unless they actually lease or own the parcel. Occupiers who sublet their acreage of land or houses to others will be listed as landlords.

For helpful details on how to interpret the following records, please take a look at the page I created on "Deciphering Griffith's Valuation."

Townland Map Ref Number Occupier Landlord or his Rep Property Type Area in Acres, Roods and Perches - a-r-p Total Valuation in Pounds, Shillings and Pence Shared with (other Occupiers)
Ballyduffy 21 Corcoran, Anthony Bourke, Walter Land 7-0-12 3-15-0 none
Ballymoyock 7a Corcoran, Anthony Bourke, Walter Land, House and Office 11-0-16 5-5-0 none
Carrowkeel 5 Corcoran, Catherine Bourke, Walter Land 10-0-12   none
Carrowkeel 6a Corcoran, Catherine Bourke, Walter Land, House and Offices 20-2-23 18-0-0 total for this and above parcel none
Carrowkeel 6 Corcoran, Catherine Bourke, Walter Land 255-3-16 5-2-0 two
Doonaroya 1a Corcoran, Martin Palmer, Sir W.H.R. Bart Land, House and Offices 737-1-2 4-0-0 three Corcorans and 15 others
Doonaroya 1c Corcoran, Michael same Land, House and Office same as above 2-0-0 same
Doonaroya 1h Corcoran, James same Land, House and Office same 2-0-0 same
Doonaroya 1j Corcoran, John same Land, House and Office same 2-0-0 same
Doonaroya x Dover, Judith Corcoran, John and Partner House   0-6-0 none
Doonbreedia 13a Corcoran, John (Doctor) Bourke, Walter Land and House 3-0-14   none
Doonbreedia 14 Corcoran, John (Doctor) same Land 1-1-12 1-15-0 total for this and the above parcel none
Doonbreedia 18a Corcoran, John same Land, House and Office 2-3-22   none
Doonbreedia 19 Corcoran, John same Land 0-2-20 1-16-0 total for this and above parcel none
Islandmore 11a Corcoran, Bridget Bourke, Walter Land and House 8-3-12 1-12-0 none
Islandmore 15a Corcoran, James Meevy, James House   0-3-0 none
Knockmaria or Addergoole 9b Corcoran, William Gaughan, William House   0-2-0 none
Lecarrow 7a Corcoran, Anthony Bourke, Walter Land, House and Office 13-0-30 6-10-0 none
Pollawarla 27a Corcoran, John Pratt, Mervyn Land, House and Office 26-3-28 6-15-0 none
Tobernaveen 1 Corcoran, James (Owen) Walsh, John Land 4-2-29   none
Tobernaveen 2 Corcoran, James (Owen) same Land 3-1-38 2-15-0 total for this and above parcel none
Tobernaveen 2a Corcoran, James same House   0-5-0 none
Tobernaveen 3 Corcoran, James (Owen) same Land 6-2-14 shared with 2 below 0-12-0 two Corcorans
Tobernaveen 3 Corcoran, James same Land same 0-8-0 two Corcorans
Tobernaveen 3 Corcoran, Thomas Corcoran James Land same 0-4-0 two Corcorans
Tobernaveen 4,5,5a Corcoran, James Walsh, John Land 6-0-35 1-17-0 one Corcoran below
Tobernaveen 4.5.5a Corcoran, Thomas Corcoran, James Land and House same 1-4-0 one Corcoran
Tobernaveen 4a Corcoran, James (Owen) Walsh, John House   0-10-0 none
Tobernaveen 6 Corcoran, James (Owen) same Land 27-0-18 0-6-0 two Corcorans and another
Tobernaveen 6 Corcoran, James same Land same 0-4-0 two Corcorans and another
Tobernaveen 6 Corcoran, Thomas same Land same 0-2-0 two above and another
Tobernaveen 25,26,25b Corcoran, Malachy Daly, Thomas Land and House 15-1-17, 2-3-11 2-0-0 two

(Griffith 1847-1864;2003, Addergoole).