Bunnahevelly More / Bun na hAibhle Mór
Compiled by Nicholas Lyons
Irish name: Bun na hAibhle Mór
English name: Bunnahevelly More
Meaning: the low ground of the apple tree
Area: 547 acres, 1 rood and 11 perches
Field names in this townland: None recorded.
Information from O’Donovan’s Field Name Books
Names: Bonahevellymore (Rector of Annaghdown).
Description: townland; It is the property of a newcomer Esq. All under tillage, with the exception of a few portions of rocky groundgs Esq. Part of which is tillage and the remainder rocky.
1841: 9 houses, 23 people (21 male, 23 female)
1851: 4 houses, 16 people (8 male, 8 female)
1861: 2 houses, 14 people (5 male, 9 female)
1871: 2 houses, 10 people (4 male, 6 female)
1881: 1 houses, 5 people (1 male, 4 female)
1891: 1 houses, 6 people (1 male, 5 female)
1901: 1 house, 5 people (1 male, 4 female)
1911: 1 house people ( 3 male, 4 female)
2011: 16 houses (incl. 1 vacant) ,47 people (21 male, 26 female)
Prior to The Composition Act 1823, tithes due to the Church of England were payable in kind. This new Act specified they should be paid in money. Therefore it was necessary to carry out an evaluation of property in the entire country to determine what landholder should pay.
There were different rates for the varying quality of land. In Bunnahevelly more the rate was eleven pence per acre.
- Thomas Fury is recorded with 82 acres 2 roods at eleven pence , a total of 3 pounds 15 shillings 71/2 pence.
- Thomas Fury Junior is recorded with 82 acres 2 roods at eleven pence , a total of 3 pounds 15 shillings 7 1/2 pence.
- John Donoghue is recorded with 165 acres at eleven pence equals 7 pounds 11 shillings 3 pence.
The total of 15 pounds 2 shillings 6 pence was divided between Rev R. Manley and John Kirwan. The tax was not payable on all land, in some areas only on tillage (i. e. potatoes) and not on grassland so there was glaring in equity with its application. Valuations were carried over a fifteen year period until 1838 when they were abolished.
1840s Griffith’s House Books & 1855 Griffith’s Valuation
There are two listings in Griffith’s Valuation for Bunnahevelly More townland.
- John Fahy occupied 220 acres, 2 roods and 6 perches with herd’s house & land, with a rateable valuation of 32 pounds for land & 5 shillings for buildings, a total of 32 pounds and 5 shillings.
- Myles Burke occupied 326 acres, 3 roods and 5 perches with herd’s house, offices & land, with a rateable valuation of 46 pounds & 1 pound 15 shillings for buildings, a total of 47 pounds and 15 shillings.
George Newcomin is the immediate lessor in each case.
The 1901 Census of Ireland records the following household in Bunnahevelly More:
John Holmes aged 53, and his daughters Mary aged 21, Bridget aged 19, Ellen aged 17, and Maggie aged 14.
The house had walls of stone and a roof of thatch, wood or other perishable material, with two windows in the front. It is recorded as a third class house.
Patrick Davy is recorded as the landholder.
The 1911 Census of Ireland records the following household in Bunnahevelly More:
John Holmes aged 65; son-in-law Martin Lawless aged 35, daughter Mary aged 32, daughter Maggie aged 20, granddaughter Norah aged 6, grandson Patrick aged 4, granddaughter Mary aged 2.
The house had walls stone with a roof of thatch, wood or other perishable material. It had four rooms with two windows in the front and it was recorded as a third class house. The holding has a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.
Patrick Davey of Woodberry is recorded as the landholder.
Bunnahevelly borders the following other townlands; Bolisheen to the south, Bunnahevelly Beg to the west, Bunoghanaun to the south, Cahermorris to the west Glenaneeny to the east, Glenrevagh to the south and Laurclavagh to the north.