Sunday, 25 August 2019

KNOW YOUR TOWNLAND: Ballynamoyntragh

This week our townland of choice is Ballynamoyntragh which is usually spelt Ballinamintra which is the name of another townland in Cappagh, near Dungarvan.
Ballynamoyntragh is in the Electoral Division of Kilmacleague, in Civil Parish of Kilmacleague, in the Barony of Gaultiere, in the County of Waterford.

The Irish name for Ballynamoyntragh is Baile na mBaintreach and in English that means “Town of the Widows"

Ballynamoyntragh has an area of:
• 2,849,142 m² / 284.91 hectares / 2.8491 km²
• 1.10 square miles
• 704.04 acres / 704 acres, 0 roods, 6 perches
Ballynamoyntragh borders the following other townlands:
• Ballinvella (Gaultier) to the north
• Ballyloughbeg (Gaultier)  to the north
• Corbally Beg (Gaultier) to the west
• Kilmacleague East (Gaultier) to the west
• Kilmacomb (Gaultier) to the east
• Leperstown (Gaultier) to the south
 Ballynamoyntragh has one subtownland and its name is a Irish name “Ceathramhadh Garbh” (pronounced Carhoo Gorriv). The English translation of “Ceathramhadh Garbh” is Stoney Quarter.

In 1894 Gaultier Creamery was founded and it was the first Co-Op in Co. Waterford. The site in Ballynamoyntragh for the creamery was provided by Hon. D. Fortescue of Summerville House in Corballymore. The creamery Board secured a 99 year lease for the site.
In the 1901 census there were 63 inhabitants in 11 households in Ballynamoyntragh. Of the heads of the households, 8 were farmers, one was a farm servant, one was a farm labourer and a James Walshe from Cashel was the Manager of Gaultier creamery. James Walshe was a widower and by 1901 he had one son who was twelve. James Walshe was Gaultier’s creamery manager for 5 years, from 1896 to 1901.

In the 1911 census there were 65 inhabitants in 12 households in Ballynamoyntragh. Of the heads of the households 7 were farmers, 1 was a handyman, 1 was an Engine Driver in the creamery, 2 were labourers and Pat Ahern of Limerick was the creamery manager since 1902. Pat Ahern married Julie Maher the creamery dairymaid in 1910 and he remained the Gaultier manager for another 30 years.

Matthew Butler, that great Gaultier Historian tells us in his column in the Waterford News in 1947 that there were 11 households in Ballynamoyntragh at that time. He also states that a 100 years before, in 1848 there were 32 households in Ballynamoyntragh. One of the householders was James Quinn, who also had a corn mill, a kiln and 24 acres of land. The corn mill was about 100 yards north of the present creamery. The corn mill was worked by water power.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

2015 Calendar's January Photo

Our 2015 Calendar's January Photo

Gailltír Camogie Club 2013 U-14 Camogie Feile Winners

History in the making in 2013, Gailltír Camogie Club won the Division 2 All Ireland U-14 Club Championship. They were the first Waterford club to achieve this in the competitions forty two year history and went on to repeat this by winning in 2014. A fantastic achievement for the young girls representing the Barony of Gaultier.

They played the final on the 7 July 2013 in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick and defeated Portaferry from Co. Down by a score of 5-05 to 0-03.

Back row L to R : Anne Corcoran, Lucy Bradley, Shauna Fitzgerald, Emer Walsh, Sinead Cunningham(Capt.), Ciara Jackman, Jane O'Connell, Emer Edwards, Ailish Doyle, Niamh Denn, Hannah Flynn, Ciara O'Sullivan and Aoife Fitzgerald.
Front row L to R: Katie Judge, Leah Sheridan, Clodagh Carroll, Anne Fitzgerald, Kate Lynch, Hannah McGuire, Emma Flynn, Clodagh McGuire and Leah O'Donoghue.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Know your Townland - Ballycoardra

Know your Townland

Our Townland today is Ballycoardra which is a small townland adjacent to the Old Tramore Road near the Couse Roundabout.

Canon Power’s Placenames of Waterford does not mention Ballycoardra.
The OSI gives the Irish name of Baile an Chordraeigh to Ballycoardra.
There is no mention of any inhabitants in Ballycoardra in both the 1901 and 1911 census.
Ballycoardra has an area of:
• 357,819 m² / 35.78 hectares / 0.3578 km²
• 0.14 square miles
• 88.42 acres / 88 acres, 1 rood, 27 perches
Ballycoardra borders the following other townlands:
• Ballinamona(Gaultier) to the south
• Ballindud (Gaultier) to the west
• Carrigavoe (Gaultier) to the east
• Couse (Gaultier) to the north
• Killure (Gaultier) to the east

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The August Photo from our 2019 Calendar. Cloughernagh

This photo shows one of the oldest public houses in the Barony of Gaultier. The earliest publican that we know of is John Kennedy of Callaghane. The 1901 census records that he was born in 1820 and that he was a publican. The same census records that John Murphy of Cloughernagh was both a publican and a farmer. John was born in 1863 and married Maryanne Kennedy (a daughter of John Kennedy of Callaghane) in 1886 and at the time of the 1911 census they had a family of eleven children.

Cloughernagh as it was known was one of the principal meeting places for social get–togethers in that part of the Barony of Gaultier. The Murphy family ceased to be publicans in that pub in 1994. After a number of owners, the last owner, Gerry Keane ceased trading as a Publican in 2016. The property is now a private residence.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Know your Townland: Ballyhoo

Know your Townland                   
This week our Gaultier townland of choice is Ballyhoo.

Did you know that there is a townland named Ballyhoo bordering Waterford City’s Outer Ring Road.
The Irish name for Ballyhoo is Baile Hú. Canon Power gives it as Baile Húgh – “Hugh’s Homestead.
Ballyhoo has an area of:
• 1,227,616 m² / 122.76 hectares / 1.2276 km²
• 0.47 square miles
• 303.35 acres / 303 acres, 1 rood, 16 perches
Ballyhoo borders the following other townlands:
• Ballindud (Gaultier) to the east
• Ballycashin (Middlethird) to the west
• Carriganard (Gaultier) to the west
• Duagh (Middlethird) to the south
• Kilbarry (Gaultier) to the north
• Knockeen (Middlethird) to the west
• Lacken (Gaultier) to the east

In the 1901 census there were 16 people living in the townland.

In the 1911 census there are 12 people living in the townland.

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