Brennan Families in Kilcolman Civil Parish, Costello Barony, County Mayo Griffith's Valuation that was Later Transferred to County Roscommon, Ireland

When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in Kilcolman Civil Parish, Costello Barony in 1856, it was still part of County Mayo. This was one of the border areas that was later transferred to County Roscommon in 1898 under a "Local Government Act." All 28 Townlands in Kilcolman Civil Parish, Costello Barony became part of County Roscommon in this transfer.

The Griffith's Valuation for Kilcolman Civil Parish in Costello Barony showed Roman Catholic Chapels in the Townland of Creggan, and two in the Town of Ballaghaderreen that is part of the Townland of Ballaghaderreen on Chapel Lane and Pound Street. There was also a Church of undocumented affiliaton on Chapel Lane in Ballaghaderreen. Graveyards were noted in the Townlands of Ballyoughter, Creggan and Hawksford and in the Town of Ballaghaderreen that is part of Ballaghaderreen Townland on Chapel Lane. (Griffith, 1 847-1864; 2003, Kilcolman (Costello Barony).

As far as education goes, the only schools I found were a Board of Education Schoolhouse in the Townland of Ballaghaderreen and a Board of Education Female National Schoolhouse on Chapel Lane in the Town of Ballaghadereen. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Kilcolman (Costello Barony).

The Town of Ballaghaderreen (part of the Townland of Ballaghaderreen) was clearly the hub of economic activity in this Civil Parish. This Town was one of 11 Major Market Towns in County Mayo in the mid 19th Century. I have done a specific page on Ballaghaderreen, and its geographical location is noted on my County Mayo Major Market Towns Map. The Townland of Ballaghaderreen had several plantations, as did several other Townlands in this Civil Parish such as Cloonmeen, Fallsollus, Toobrackan and Tullaghanrock. The Town of Ballaghaderreen also had a Petty Sessions House and Market House on Market Street, a Constabulary Barracks and Revenue Police Barracks on Longford Road, a Dispensary operated by the Board of Guardians of Swineford Union and a pound on Pound Street and Creanage Tolls and a Board of Ordinance Military Barracks on Chapel Lane. Numerous Towns were listed as being a part of Cloonoumney such as Ballyoughter (Brehany), Ballyoughter, Derrachroma, Derreen, Derrynacartha Upper, Derrynacartha Lower, Parkroe, Derrynasleeve and Bank. The only commercial activity in these towns was a forge in Derrynacartha Upper and a Corn Mill and Kiln in Parkroe. The Townland of Creggan had a Corn Mill and Kiln, Hawksford had a Corn Mill, and Toobrackan had two Corn Mills and a Kiln. Herd's Houses were present in the Townlands of Ballaghaderreen and Kilcolman. (Griffiths, 1847-1864; 2003, Kilcolman pt of).

According to the Book "A Various Country, Essays in Mayo History," Viscount Dillon applied for and obtained a patent in 1786 to hold 8 fairs in the Townland of Ballaghaderreen (Gillespie, 1987, p. 84). This number had dropped to 7 by the time the Statistical Survey of Mayo was conducted in 1802. According to this survey fairs were held on February 2, May 1, June 24, August 2, September 8, November 1 and December 22. (McParlan, 1802, p. 47-51). There were two other facts that I found to be of interest regarding Ballaghaderreen in this survey: Balladerrin (as it was spelled in the survey) had a market for grain, and it had one of only two dairies in the county at the time. A Mr. Plunkett owned the dairy.

The River Lung runs through part of the Townland of Creggan (there were also several bog parcels here) and the Townland of Tullyhanrock).

Arthur Robert Costello was the primary landlord in 16 Townlands, Viscount Dillon in 11 (however he dominates the Town of Ballaghaderreen which is large) and Jane Elizabeth Pugh in 1. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Kilcolman part of ).

I was able to obtain information on these three primary landlords of Kilcolman Civil Parish, Costello Barony from Hussey De Burgh's compilation on "The Landowners of Ireland" (1878). This publication lists landlords in Ireland that held over 500 acres or land valued at over 500 pounds. Arthur Robert Costello was listed as residing at Edmondstown, Ballaghaderin, County Mayo. He held 7,513 acres in County Mayo and 1,038 acres in County Roscommon. Viscount Dillon (Theobald Dominick Geoffrey Dillon-Lee, the 14th Viscount) has his residence in Ireland at Lough Glynn House, Castlerea County Roscommon. He held 83,749 acres in County Mayo, 5,435 acres in County Roscommon and 136 acres in County Westmeath. Jane Elizabeth Pugh who only dominated one Townland in this portion of Kilcolman Civil Parish held 621 acres in County Mayo and her residence was listed as County Sligo. (De Burgh, 1878; 2007, p. 102, 129, 376).

There were Brennans documented in five different Townlands in Kilcolman Civil Parish that was part of Costello Barony when the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in 1856. Michael and James Brennan were noted in the Town of Ballaghaderreen that is part of the Townland of Ballaghaderreen, Michael Brennan was documented in the Townland of Ballyoughter, John, Patrick, Bridget, James and Arthur Brennan were noted in the Townland of Creggan, James Brennan occupied land in Derrynacross, and James, Patrick and James, son of James Brennan occupied property in the Townland of Drumacoo.

Regarding my Family search for the Brennan, Corcoran, Coffey and Gahagan connection, it is interesting to note that there is a Michael Coffey with the parcel number 90 next to Michael Brennan in Ballaghaderreen, there is also a George Gahagan occupying parcel 73 on Longford Road in the same Town, and a Mary Coffey plot 119. James Brennan serves as a landlord for James Donohoe in parcel 132 next to his. George Gahagan is also documented as a landlord for John Crofton and Andrew Kinny on Main Street, Town of Ballaghaderreen.

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)
Ballaghaderreen - Town of Ballaghaderreen Pound Street 88 Brennan, Michael Dillon, Viscount House, Office, Yard and Garden 0-0-10 5-0-0 none
Ballaghaderreen - Town of Ballaghaderreen Pound Street 89 Brennan, Michael same Garden 0-0-16 0-5-0 none
Ballaghaderreen - Town of Ballaghaderreen Pound Street 131 Brennan, James same House, Office, Yard and Garden 0-0-12 1-15-0 none
Ballaghaderreen - Town of Ballaghaderreen Pound Street 132 Donohoe, James Brennan, James House and Yard   0-18-0 none
Ballyoughter 15 Brennan, Michael Dillon, Viscount Land 11-1-1 1-13-0 total for this and his next parcel none
Ballyoughter 16 Brennan, Michael same Land 3-0-26 same none
Ballyoughter 45 Brennan, James same Land 2-0-29 0-15-0 none
Creggan 7 Brennan, John Costello, Arthur Robt Land and House 16-1-21 11-5-0 total for this and his next parcel none
Creggan 8 Brennan, John same Land 3-3-29 same none
Creggan 9 Brennan, John same Land 10-1-26 4-0-0 none
Creggan 10 Brennan, John same Land (Bog) 16-0-35 0-2-0 one other
Creggan 14 Brennan, Patrick same Land and House 10-0-12 4-5-0 none
Creggan 15 Brennan, Bridget same Land 11-2-8 4-15-0 none
Creggan 16 Brennan, Patrick same Land 184-3-0 0-12-0 with Bridget and John Brennan and 2 others
Creggan 16 Brennan, Bridget same Land same 0-12-0 with patrick and John Brennan and 2 others
Creggan 16 Brennan, John same Land same 0-12-0 with Bridget and John Brennan and 2 others
Creggan 24 Brennan, James same Land 7-3-37 6-0-0 none
Creggan 25 Brennan, James same Land, House and Offices 19-1-21 7-10-0 none
Creggan 28 Brennan, Arthur same Land 3-3-7 9-0-0 Total for this and his next parcel none
Creggan 29a Brennan, Arthur same Land, House and Offices 18-0-30 same none
Derrynacross 30 Brennan, James Dillon, Viscount Land 1-0-1 0-10-0 none
Drumacoo 1m Brennan, James Pugh, Jane Elizabeth Land and House 621-0-17 shared with whole town 2-12-0 with Patrick, James, son of James Brennan and 33 others
Drumacoo 1n Brennan, Patrick same Land, House and Offices same 3-0-0 with James , James son of James Brennan and 33 others
Drumacoo 1q Brennan, James (James) same Land and House same 1-15-0 with James, Patrick Brennan and 33 others
Drumacoo 1y Brennan, Patrick same Land, House and Office same 4-0-0 with James, James son of James Brennan and 33 others

Griffith 1847-1864;2003, Kilcolman part of).