Co. Galway

Map of Co. GalwayFor anyone with an interest in Galway, two books by James Hardiman will be of interest. The History of the Town and County of the town of Galway, published in 1820, is considered to be the definitive history of Galway and contains much information now lost as a consequence of the 1922 Public Record Office fire.  A second book The Gailliv – An Illustrated History of the Ancient City of Galway provides a unique look at Galway history.

Moving beyond Galway, Ward & Lock’s Pictorial Guide to Connemara (c.1890) is a lavishly illustrated guide to this beautiful region of Ireland, including 6 colour maps and many colour plates covering much of Counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo.

The census reports for Co. Galway cover 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911, and provide great background for the historical researcher (though please note that they don’t include names).  Also useful is the Census of Ireland, Co. Galway 1871 Statistical Abstracts.

The national directories all have sections referring to Connaught – among our collection is Pigot’s Commercial Directory of Ireland (1824), and Slater’s Directories of 1846, 1870, 1881 and 1894, all of which are useful when researching gentry, professionals and traders.

Memorials of the Dead: Galway & Mayo includes gravestone inscriptions from Galway parishes while The Agricultural Labourer: Ireland: Part 3 (1893) includes insights into the lives of labourers in Loughrea Poor Law Union, Co. Galway at that time.

If you are interested in Emigration from Co. Galway, then make sure you take a look at Mr. Tuke’s Fund for Assisted Emigration 1882-5.  The fund was established in 1882 to assist emigration from the Unions of Clifden, Oughterard and the Aran Islands in Co. Galway, and Belmullet, Newport & Swineford in Co. Mayo to America. 9,482 people were assisted by this fund up to 1885. The book gives a full list of emigrants’ names and the townlands they came from. There is a vast amount of information including an analysis of what happened to their small-holdings in Ireland after they left and letters home from the emigrants on arrival.

Take a look at all Eneclann’s publications that cover Co. Galway.