Bohola Civil Parish and the Incidence of the Corcoran Surname in Griffith's Valuation, County Mayo, Ireland

Bohola Civil Parish falls within Gallen Barony and is part of Bohola Roman Catholic Parish. There were only 25 Townlands when the Griffith's Valuation was conducted between 1856 and 1857, just one Roman Catholic Chapel in the Townland of Toocanangh (the largest Townland) and no Graveyards. Records for this Catholic Parish cover the years 1857-1903 on microfilm numbers 1279230 and 926003. Bohola is sometimes referred to as Bucholla. Bohola Civil Parish is only 6 miles from Foxford, a major County Mayo Market Town in the 19th century.

I couldn't find any patent applications for markets or fairs for any Townlands in Bohola Civil Parish. When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted there was no documented "Fair Greens" or Tolls and Customs of Fairs" in this area. The commercial activity that was documented appears to be spread throughout the Civil Parish. There were orchards in the Townlands of Ardacarha and Barleyhill, a Pound in Carrowntleva and Toocanagh, Lismiraun had a Tuck Mill, Corn Mill and a Kiln, Tooromin had a Farmhouse and Shanaghy had a Forge, Pound and Farmhouse. There were Herd's Houses in the Townlands of Carrowkeel and Lismiraun and a Plantation in the Townland of Rathslevin. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Bohola).

Designated "Bog" parcels were documented in the Townlands of Altbaun, Ardacarha, Barleyhill, Lisgormin, Toocanagh, Treanfohanaun and "bog pasture" in the Townland of Bohola.

As far as education goes, there was a National Schoolhouse in the Townland of Toocanagh (that is centrally located) and one in Tooromin. According to Samuel Lewis in "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" there were two "Hedge Schools" as well. (Lewis, 1837; 1984, p. 215).

An assortment of landlords was represented in this Civil Parish with Phillip Taaffe, Colonel F.A. Knox Gore and George H Moore being most frequently noted followed by Myles Jordan, a minor, John McDonnell and Robert Kirkwood among others. The 1802 Statistical Survey of County Mayo lists Myles Jordan as a resident landlord of Rofslevan (a.k.a. Rathslevin). (McParlan, 1802; 2007, p. 104).

There were individuals with the Corcoran Surname living in three different Townlands in Bohola Civil Parish when Griffith's Valuation was conducted. Thomas and James Corcoran were present in the Townland of Carracastle (in the northwest section of this civil parish bordering Templemore Civil Parish), John Corcoran in Ardacarha (neighboring Carracastle to the north-east) and John, Patrick and Thomas Corcoran in the Townland of Bohamore (in the far southern tip of this Civil Parish). John Corcoran is listed as a landlord with two others for Anne Gallagher in Bohamore as well. It appears that the same John Corcoran has all three parcels in Ardacarha, but his Parcel 12b is a bit confusing as it is written. I think that there might be an error in how it was documented as if he shared different types of property with 3 others. I believe that he only has a house with no acreage as his total valuation is only 2-10-0 (and with a home he would have no acreage). If you think this is your ancestor I would take a much closer look to verify this.

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)
Carrowcastle 3b Corcoran, Thomas Beere, Richard Land and House 7-2-0 5-15-0 1 other
Carrowcastle 6c Corcoran, James same Land and House 28-2-0 4-18-0 2 others
Ardacarha 12b Corcoran, John Kirkwood, Robert House 24-0-26 2-10-0 3 others
Ardacarha 19 Corcoran, John same Land 8-0-35 1-15-0 1 other
Ardacarha 20 Corcoran, John same Land 1-2-20 0-1-0 2 others
Bohamore 6 Corcoran, John Taaffe, Phillip Land 6-2-38 0-1-0 1 other
Bohamore 7,8 Corcoran, John same Land and House 6-0-26, 13-0-19 4-18-0 none
Bohamore 17,18, and 19 Corcoran, Patrick same Land, House and Office 5-2-4, 0-1-35, 14-3-6 5-5-0 none
Bohamore 20 Corcoran, Thomas same Land, House and Office 13-0-28 3-0-0 none
Bohamore 16 Gallagher, Anne Corcoran, John; O'Boyle, Michael and Niland, Thomas Land 1-1-5 0-10-0 none

(Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Bohola).