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Inchamakinna is in the civil parish of Kilcummin. The civil Parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish of Kilcummin, Galway West. In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same as is the case in the Kilcummin Oughterard area.

Irish Form of Name:  Inse Mic Cionaith

Translation:  Mac Kenny’s island

Civil Parish:  Kilcummin View all place names in this civil parish.

Inchamakinna is in the Electoral Division of Crumpaun, in Civil Parish of Kilcummin, in the Barony of Moycullen, in the County of Galway

Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:


Inse Mic Cionaith

Inchavakinna By. Sketch and local

Description:  An extensive island containing 108¾ acres.

Situation:  In Greatmans Bay near the shore of Kilcummin Parish.

Some other placenames in or near this townland are:

Information from the Down Survey Website:

The Down Survey is a mapped survey. Using the Civil Survey as a guide, teams of surveyors, mainly former soldiers, were sent out under Petty’s direction to measure every townland to be forfeited to soldiers and adventurers. The resulting maps, made at a scale of 40 perches to one inch (the modern equivalent of 1:50,000), were the first systematic mapping of a large area on such a scale attempted anywhere. The primary purpose of these maps was to record the boundaries of each townland and to calculate their areas with great precision. The maps are also rich in other detail showing churches, roads, rivers, castles, houses and fortifications. Most towns are represented pictorially and the cartouches, the decorative titles, of each map in many cases reflect a specific characteristic of each barony. (


Down Survey Name: Keilenehallounagh

1641 Owner(s): McDonnogh, Bryan (Catholic)

1670 Owner(s): Blake, Walter (Protestant)

County: Galway

Barony: Muckullin

Parish: Killcumyn Unprofitable land: 14 plantation acres

Profitable land: 101 plantation acres

Forfeited: 101 plantation acres

The down survey website will tell you who owned this townland in 1641 (pre Cromwell) and in 1671 (post Cromwell).

Down Survey Website

The Tithe Applotment Books

 About the Records

Tithes were a tax on agricultural produce which was payable by the occupiers of agricultural land. They were the main source of income for the parish clergy of the Church of Ireland (the largest Protestant church and the church established by law). However, in many parishes a large part of the tithes were ‘appropriate’, which meant that they were payable to a bishop, cathedral chapter or other ecclesiastical recipient, or were ‘impropriate’, which generally meant that they were payable to a local landowner. The parishes used in the Tithe Applotment Books are civil or Church of Ireland parishes, which often differ in name and territory from Catholic parishes, Acts of Parliament of 1823 and 1832 provided for the conversion of tithes into a fixed charge on land, and specified the average price of wheat or oats in the parish in the seven years before 1821 as the basis on which the tithes would be calculated. They also extended the application of tithes to pasture, where previously they had been levied only on tillage.

This change in the law resulted in the valuation of individual holdings in almost all parishes containing agricultural land, in order to assess the portion of the tithes for which each occupier of land would be liable. The apportionment was recorded for each Church of Ireland parish in a Tithe Composition Applotment Book. The information was collected and two Parochial Commissioners calculated the amounts, one of who was appointed by the cess-payers of the parish and the other by the relevant Diocese of the Church of Ireland. This procedure was carried out in over 2,500 parishes between the years 1823 and 1837.

The Tithe Applotment Books are in a variety of formats, from a few pages sewn together to elaborately bound volumes. In most cases they are written in manuscript throughout, although some consist of manuscript entries on printed questionnaires. The information in the books is broadly uniform and generally includes at least the name of occupier, the size of holding, the valuation and the tithe payable. In some cases more detailed information is provided. Some volumes have maps and most have certificates and correspondence attached.

The sub-divisions of the parish were recorded. Some of these subdivisions, such as ploughlands, ceased to be in official use after the six-inch survey of the Ordnance Survey was completed in the 1840s. Only productive land was subject to tithe, and the books usually distinguish between this tithable land and untithable land such as roads or mountains. Tithable land was in some cases classified by quality, and a money value was given to each class. In some cases, the proportion of tithe payable to the rector, vicar or lay proprietor of the tithes was set out. The column for observations was sometimes completed, with information about commonage, for example.

There are a number of other points that should be noted. The acreages given in the Tithe Applotment Books are in Irish or Plantation measure, which is 1.62 times larger than statute measure. Only occupiers of land at the time of the tithe composition are recorded, so not all heads of households living in a parish at the time are included. Only rural areas are systematically covered, although inhabitants of towns who held plots of cultivable land are included. The equivalent tax in urban areas, Minister’s Money, has left few records.

The Tithe Applotment Books are an important source of information for a wide variety of researchers of pre-Famine Ireland. They provide the first surviving national list of the occupiers of land, and are used by genealogists as a partial substitute for returns of the 1821 and 1831 censuses of population, which were destroyed in 1922. They also record information on the quality of land, and provide information on pre-Ordnance Survey territorial divisions, some of which were not recognized after the 1840s.

The National Archives hold the original Tithe Applotment Books only for the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland. The books for the six counties of Northern Ireland are held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast. (

In the Galway Library Website page for Inchamakinna; the men listed under the Tithe Applotment section have rented land on Erragh Island. Island&search=Search&sort=last_name_sort

Griffith’s Valuation:

On Griffith’s Valuation: Inchamakinna, Eragh Island & one small island are listed together with a total area of 121 acres, 1 rood & 29 perch. Land valuation at £36 0s 0d & building valuation of £3 0s 0d. Total Valuation £39 10s 0d.

Occupier: Martin S Kirwan.

Immediate Lessor: In Fee

“in fee”, meaning that the occupier is also the legal owner of the property.

Note: Inchamakinna had an area of 108 acres, 3 rood & 21 perch. Total Valuation £33 0s 0d. This Information was found on the 1841-1881 Census.

View the heads of households in the townland at this time.

Poor Law Union Ireland

In Ireland the Poor Relief Act of 1838 divided into districts or “unions” in which the local taxable inhabitants were to be financially responsible for all paupers in the area. In 1898 the Poor Law Union was adopted as the basic administrative division in place of the civil parish and barony. Further subdivision into 828 registration districts and 3,751 district electoral divisions followed. Townlands were not arranged according to these divisions with parish and barony retained as a means to make comparisons with records gathered before 1898.

The 1838 Act

The main provisions of the 1838 Act were:

  • The extension of the existing Poor Law Commissioners’ powers to Ireland, with the appointment of Assistant Commissioners who were to implement the Act in Ireland.
  • The division of the country into Poor Law Unions based on Irish electoral divisions which were themselves made up from townlands.
  • The creation of a Board of Guardians for each Union, two-thirds of whom were to be elected, the other third to be appointed ex officio.
  • The setting up of a workhouse in each Union.
  • The collection of a local poor-rate to finance the system.
  • Assistance for emigration.

Initially, 130 Unions were created, based upon 2,049 electoral divisions. The divisions were composed of townlands, a peculiarly Irish unit, traditionally of 120 Irish acres in area. (Between 1848 and 1850, an additional 33 Unions were created by subdividing and reorganizing the boundaries of some existing Unions, particularly in the west of the country.

Boards of Guardians were elected annually on 25th March. Only rate-payers were eligible for election, which effectively disenfranchised most of the native Irish who were usually tenants at this time. Rate-payers were allowed between one and six votes depending on the size of a valuation of their property.


A town land is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion 1169. Inchamakinna is a townland.

Census & Population Information

You can retrieve a list of people who lived in this townland from 1827 to 1911. This list is compiled from the following resources.

  • The Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith’s Valuation
  • 1901 Census
  • 1911 Census

List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.

Census 1841-1891

1841 – 6 houses with 41 people

1851 – 1 house with 11 people

1861 – 1 house with 7 people

1871 – 1 house with 7 people

1881 – 1 house with 8 people (3 males / 3 female). There was 1 outbuilding. Total Valuation of Houses & Lands £33 0s 0d.

1891 – 1 house with 9 people (5 males / 4 females). There were 2 Outbuildings. Total Valuation of Houses & Lands £33 0s 0d.

Census 1901

This is a return of the member of the family, their Visitors, Boarders, and Servants who slept or abode in their house on the night of 31st of March 1901 in Inchamakinna. There was 1 house listed in the townland of Inchamakinna. 12 (7 males/ 5 females) were all Roman Catholics. The people that lived in Inchamakinna were born in Co. Galway.

There was a total of 1 farm buildings and out offices, a cow house.

Class of House: The class of house depended on the materials used in the roof, walls, number of rooms and number of front windows. A 1st class house was considered the highest standard.

Walls of the houses: The walls were of stone, brick, and concrete or of mud, wood or other perishable material. The house in Inchamakinna was built of stone, brick or concrete. There were no mud cabins.

Enumerators Extract

House & Building Return

Out Office & Farm Steadings

House 1

Patt McDonagh aged 55 was head of the family; married to Honour aged 45. They lived with their children Redmond aged 21, Bridget aged 19, Martin aged 17, Patt aged 15, John aged 13, Martin aged 11, Michl aged 9, Anne aged 7, his widowed mother Honour aged 92 & sister Eliza aged 50; single.

Patt, Redmond, Martin, Patt, John, Martin, Michl & Anne were labourers. Honour (grandmother) & Eliza had no trade or profession, Honour (wife) was a housekeeper & Bridget was a servant. Patt (father), Honour (grandmother), Bridget & Martin (17) could read & write. Honour (wife), Redmond, Martin (11), Michl, Anne & Eliza could not read; Patt (son) & John could not read or write. The entire family spoke Irish & English.

They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms and 1 front window. They had a cow house. This was a private dwelling.

NOTE: There are 2 Martin McDonagh’s listed in the Household return.

Census 1911

This is a return of the Members of families in Inchamakinna, their visitors, boarders and servants who slept or abode in the house on the night of Sunday the 2nd of April 1911.

There was 1 family home with 6 males, 3 females a total of 9 persons living in the town land; all Roman Catholic. They had 1 farm building; a stable.

Enumerators Extract

House & Building Returns

Out Offices & Farm Steadings

House 1

Patrick McDonagh aged 70 was head of the family; married to Nora aged 52. They lived with their children Patrick aged 28, John aged 26, James aged 24, Kate aged 22, Michael aged 20, Anne aged 13 and visitor Martin Powell aged 27.

Patrick (father) was a herd. Patrick (son), John, James & Michael were farm labourers. Anne was a scholar and Martin Powell was an Irish teacher. Patrick (father), Anne & Martin could read & write. Nora, Patrick (son), John, James, Kate & Michael could not read. John was listed under specified illnesses as “Imbecile”. The entire household spoke Irish & English. Patrick & Nora were married for 32 years; they had 9 children with 7 living at the time of the census.

They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms and 1 front window. They had a stable. This was a private dwelling.

Church records of births, deaths and marriages:

Church records of births, deaths and marriages are available online at To search these records you will need to know the ‘church parish’ rather than the ‘civil parish’. (The civil parish is the pre-reformation parish and was frequently used as a unit of administration in the past.)

Inchamakinna is in the civil parish of Kilcummin.

Roman Catholic parishes:

This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.

  • Carraroe
  • Kilannin
  • Kilcummin/Oughterard
  • Rosmuc

Church of Ireland parishes:

This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.

  • Kilcummin

In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.


It is located at 53° 16′ 49″ N, 9° 37′ 12″ W.

Original OS map of this area. Ireland was first mapped in the 1840s. These original maps are available online.


Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.

Below is a link to the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website. It displays the original OS map that was created in the 1840s.


Information from Google Maps.

You can use this link to find this townland on Google Maps.

Google Maps

Information from the National Monuments Service. You can use this link to view a map of archaeological features. This link brings you to a website wherein you will have to search for your townland.

Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service

Galway Library Website Website

This page was added on 04/08/2016.

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