Coteenty / Na Coitiantaí

Compiled by Irene McGoldrick


Irish name: Na Coitiantaí

English name: Coteenty

Irish pronunciation:

Area:  358 acres, 3 roods and 27 perches

Information from O’Donovan’s Field Name Books

Names:  Coitiantaidhe, Coteenty, Cuthenti – a common in ancient times, Cutheeanthee (B. S. Sketch Map), Cutteentagh (Barony Map), Cutteentagh (County Map), Cutchanthy (Crampton, Esq., Cahermorris), Lis an Tagaith beg and Lis an Tagaith more Cuttheanty (Local), Couttentybeg and Cuttentymore (Rector of Annaghdown).

Description: It is the property of Rochfort Esq. All under tillage except a portion of flooded ground at the North end, and portions of rocky ground.

Situation: It is situated 2 miles south-west of Currandulla Chapel. Bounded South by Lisanoran. North by Annaghdown and East by Cloonlinnaun.

Population Statistics

1841: 30 houses

1851: 18 houses

1861: 21 houses

1871: 20 houses

1881: 13 houses (36 male / 27 female)

1891: 13 houses (31 male / 24 female)

1901: 10 houses  

1911: 8 houses (29 male / 16 female)

The population fell from 164 in 1841 (pre-Famine) to 45 in 1911.

Tithe Applotments (1824)

Cutteanta More

Cuttienty Beg

The Tithe Applotment Books show Pat McNamara, Richard Fahy, Roger Flaherty and partners as tenants of 165 acres plus 20 acres of bog in Cuttientymore (and its subdivisions Mininiskey and Laurence Park) with William Cavenagh and partners as tenants of 13 acres plus 10 acres of bog.

1840 House Books and 1855 Griffith’s Valuation

George Woods is listed in the House Books as occupying a dwelling, barn & stables, store and cow house on 22 July 1845.

In 1853 the House Books show the following as house occupiers in Coteenty:      

Eleanor Browne, Margaret Woods, George Woods, John Hannan, Richard Burke, Michael Scully, William Woods, Mary Delaney, William Burke, Frank Kavanagh, Pat Greally, Patt Ford, John Flaherty.

 In 1855 Griffith’s Valuations the following are listed as house occupiers in Coteenty:

Eleanor Browne, Margaret Woods, a vacant holding (with George Woods as immediate lessor), John Hannan, Michael Scully, William Woods, Mary Delaney, William Burke, Francis Kavanagh, Patrick Grealy, Patrick Ford, and John Flaherty.

Map of Coteenty on the Griffith’s Valuation site

1856 Encumbered Estates Sales (available on

In 1856, lands held by Horace Rochfort were auctioned in the Encumbered Estates Court and were bought by the Blake family of Cregg.

The rental maps and particulars give the following information about tenants in Coteenty at the time.

Coteenty More:

Patrick Ford

Thomas Fahy

John Cahill and Martin Boyle

William Ford (also Laurence Park)

Thomas Cahill

James Fahy and Richard Fahy junior

Michael, Edward and Bridget Staunton

John Flaherty

Coteenty Beg:

Judith Kilkelly, widow

Michael Scully

Francis Kavanagh (also Mineeniskey)

George Woods (also Mineeniskey and Laurence Park)

Patrick Ford and Michael Scully

William Woods

Mary Delany, widow and William Burke

Margaret Woods, widow

Eleanor Browne

1901 Census

The 1901 census shows 10 houses in the 1901 census. It should be noted that while previous land records appear to work from ‘The Crossroads’ after Blake’s house over through the townland, the census records appear to work in the opposite direction:

  1. Bridget Scully lived with sons Michael, James and daughter Ellen.
  2. John Kavanagh lived with wife Margaret, sons Michael, Martin, Patrick and daughters Mary and Norah.
  3. John Scully lived with wife Mary Scully.
  4. Bridget Fahy lived with her daughter Mary.
  5. Thomas Kavanagh lived with his wife Ellen, sons Martin, Patrick, Thomas, John and daughter Mary.
  6. Patrick Delany lived with his wife Mary, son Patrick and grandson Thomas.
  7. John Gardiner lived with his wife Mary, son Michael and granddaughter Mary Skerit.
  8. James Kilkelly lived with his wife Julia and sons Michael and John.
  9. Bridget Caulfield, a widow, lived by herself.
  10. John Walsh lived with his wife Celia, sons Thomas, Pat, Frank and daughter Bridget.

Four of the houses were classed as second class dwellings, each with three windows in front and two rooms. Six of the houses were called as third class dwellings, three with two windows, three with one window in front. Four of the houses had two rooms and two of the houses had one room.

There were 5 stables, 8 cow houses, 9 piggeries, 5 barns and 5 cart houses in the townland in 1901.

Census 1911

The 1911 census shows 8 houses. By the time the 1911 census came around Bridget Caulfield had emigrated to Brooklyn and was living with her daughter Mary. Bridget Fahy and daughter Mary are no longer in the townland.

  1. Bridget Scully lived with her son James.
  2. John Scully lived with his wife Mary.
  3. John Kavanagh lived with his wife Maggie, sons Michael, Martin, Patrick, John and Thomas and daughters Mary and Norah.
  4. Thomas Kavanagh lived with his wife Ellen, sons Martin, Patrick, Thomas, John, Peter, Michael and daughters Mary and Maggie.
  5. Michael Gardiner lived with his wife Mary, sons John, William, Denis and daughter Mary.
  6. Mary Delany lived with her son Patrick and grandsons Patrick and Thomas.
  7. Julia Kilkelly lived with her sons Michael, Martin and John.
  8. John Walsh lived with his wife Celia, sons Thomas and Patrick, daughter in law Mary and grandchildren Celia, Martin and Bridget.

There were six second class dwellings with three front windows and two third class dwellings with two front windows. There were seven stables, nines cow houses (House 2 had two),  eight piggeries, seven fowl houses, seven barns and five sheds.

Coteenty / Na Coitiantaí

2 thoughts on “Coteenty / Na Coitiantaí

  • January 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Great information, inspirational and within the realms of possibility for others to research & publish other similiar townlands; mé féin included.

  • January 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Fair play, Paul and Irene.


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