Coffey Families Identified as Being from the Townland of Ballyglass, Tibohine Civil Parish, County Roscommon, Ireland

When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in 1857 there was a Ballyglass east with 403 acres and Ballyglass West with 283 acres. Both Ballyglass Townlands fall within Frenchpark Barony, Castlereagh Poor Law Union and Loughglynn and Lisacul Roman Catholic Parish. Ballyglass East was part of Loughglynn Electoral Division and Ballyglass West was in Artagh South Electoral Division. The DED (District Electoral Division) will be necessary information if you decide to search the cancelled books in the Valuation office in Dublin (or have them search the books for you) as that is how the townlands are arranged.

Of the more than 60 Coffey families that I identified in the Loughglynn and Lisacul Catholic Parish Records in Microfilm #989753, only one family was documented as being from Ballyglass, County Roscommon. Joannes Mangan and Maria Coffee had three children in the Loughglynn compilation. The Coffey surname was spelled Coffy in two records and Coffee in another. The only record of the three that noted their residence in Ballyglass was the baptism of Jo'n on what appears to be December 9, 1832 (the month is in question). Andreas Dyer and Sabina McNulty were sponsors. On April 19, 1835, Michaelum was baptized with Thos Mangan and Honoria Groark as sponsors and on November 24, 1840, Patricium was baptized with Margareta Coffee as a sponsor.

From an economic perspective there was little to speak of in the Griffith's Valuation for either Ballyglass East or West. Viscount Dillon was the landlord for all but one parcel in Ballyglass East. There were 7 bog parcels and one that was reclaimed bog. There were no corn mills, forges or any other marketable properties noted. Ballyglass West was dominated by Landlord Rt Hon and Rev Lord John De Freyne in all but three parcels. This Townland had many bog parcels as well with 4 "including bog", 1 bog, 1 bog with no value and one pasturable bog. There was a forge here but little else. There were no Coffey occupiers of parcels in the Griffith's Valuation for either Ballyglass East or West in 1857 when it was conducted in Tibohine.

The National Library of Ireland had several Manuscripts that cover both Lord De Frayne and Viscount Dillon that could possibly yield clues on this Coffey Family, unfortunately I didn't have time to look at them when I was in Dublin. They are: NLI Ms. 907 Rental of Estates of Lord De Frayne in Counties Leitrim and Roscommon for Years 1875-77 and Book of Leases of Irish Estates of Viscount Dillon 1805 (this is on microfilm n. 5208 p5312).

The 1901 Ireland census online provided by the National Archives of Ireland did not show any Coffey families in either Artagh South or Loughglynn DED that cover Ballyglass East and West.

This is a work in progress! I will add to it as I uncover more Coffey families with a proven connection to this area. Please contact me if you feel you have Coffey, Mangan, Brennan, Corcoran or Gahagans from Ballyglass East or West or the surrounding townlands, or if you have feedback or suggestions that might enhance this compilation. I would love to hear from you.