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Tullynavall is a large townland of 846 statute acres and 37 perches about five miles north of Crossmaglen, beside the village of Cullyhanna. It is bounded on the north by Tullyvallen and Tullyvallen (Tipping) East, on the east by Dorsey, on the south by Lurgancullenboy and Cregganduff, on the west by Freeduff and on the northwest by Cullyhanna Big.

Name of townland

The name of the townland means sither "The soldier's hill" or "The hedged hill or the round hedged hill" depending on the authority consulted. There is no other townland of that name in Ireland.

Sources of Information

Information about the townland was extracted from the following sources -

  • Hearth Money Roll of the Fews 1664
  • Census of Creggan 1766
  • Tithe Applotment Books - Creggan Parish - 1828
  • Townland Valuation 1837
  • Griffiths Valuation 1864
  • Census of Ireland 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1926, 1937, 1951
  • First Northern Ireland Revaluation 1935
  • Second Revaluation 1957


Annual Rateable Valuation of Townland
Year 1828 1837 1851 1864 1935 1957 1972
Valuation 433-16-8 483-10-0 572-5-0 617-0-0 691-17-0 906-17-0 972-2-0

In the 1828 Tithe Applotment Books the total area of the townland is shown as 508 acres and 23 perches (Irish). The Half Yearly Rectorial Tithe was 21-13-101/2.

The 1837 Townland Valuation recorded only houses worth 5 or more a year. There was only one such house in the townland, that of Patt Donnelly.

The Third Revaluation (1975) did not identify property by townlands. Instead, it used the new Post Office system of road names and postcodes. It can therefore not be used to continue this series of household, land and property censuses. To get as close as possible to the present, the position in the townland at the date of the last recorded revision of the Second Revaluation is presented.

Griffiths Valuation records the name of the owner of the townland as Re. Alex H. Synge.

In Griffiths Valuation, of the 69 landholdings recorded, 49% were of less than 10 acres, 77% less than 15 acres and 90% less than 20 acres.

The distribution of land holdings by acreage in 1864 and 1935 is set out in the following table.

  Holdings - number by acreage
  Less than 10 10 to 19 20 and over Total

Census of Ireland 1901

The Census enumerated 154 persons in 62 households; a ratio of 2.5 people per family.

Native Irish Speakers

Of the 62 households enumerated in the Census, 14 contained at least one native Irish speaker - 15 in all. Since theirs was the last generation to have been born into a predominently Irish speaking environment, their names, occupations and ages are recorded here. All were born in Co. Armagh, with the exception of Patrick Gogarty, born in Co. Louth.

  • Mary Casey, shopkeeper, widow, 70
  • Peter McCoy, farm servant with Owen Carragher, 67
  • John Reel, farmer, 57
  • James Mackin, farmer, 55
  • Patrick McCreesh, farmer, 70
  • Patrick Rooney, farmer, 65
  • Thaddeus Branigan, farmer, 75
  • Bryan Grant, farmer, 61
  • Mary Keenan, farmer, widow, 60
  • Michael Keenan, farmer, 60
  • Peter Macken, farmer, 66
    and his sister Mary Macken, cook and domestic servant, 55
  • Bridget Mackin, farmer's wife, 40
  • Rev. Patrick Gogarty, RC Priest, 40
* The average age of the Irish speakers was 60; oldest 75, youngest 40
* Of the group, nine could read and write, an six could neither read nor write

Population Decline

The following table sets out the number of houses and population enumerated in the townland in each of the 11 Censuses held between 1841 and 1951.

  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1926 1937 1951
Houses 90 77 76 72 71 60 63 60 51 49 39
People 485 418 410 347 298 272 254 244 184 166 149
People per house 5.4 5.4 5.4 4.8 4.2 4.5 4.0 4.1 3.6 3.4 3.8

In the period of 110 years, the number of households dropped by 57% and the population by 62%. The initial fall of 14% between 1841 and 1851 - the famine years, was followed by a short period of stability into the 1860s before the start of a continuing decline up to the 1951 census.

Names of House and Land Holders

All the Valuations since Griffiths identified those with houses in the townland and those who while living elsewhere leased or owned land there. The Census of Ireland enumerated only households in the townland. The following table uses this approach.

Although the data is not strictly comparable since the information was gathered for different purposes and used varying criteria, it provides a comparison of the names listed in the townland at the different periods. While we can not discern the direct lines of descent it is clear that many are from the same families.

Hearth Money Rolls Census of Creggan Tithe Applotment Books Griffiths Valuation Census of Ireland First NI Revaluation Second Revaluation
1664 1766 1828 1864 1901 1935 1957 1969
Tullinvale Tollynevall Tullinavall Tullynavall Tullynavall Tullynavall Tullynavall Tullynavall
Households/Land Households Households Households Households Households
Turlagh McGugan Bryan Cromy Thomas Branagan Laurence Boyle Mary Boyle James Austin James Bailie James Bailie
Turlagh McIlroy Dennis Cromy Patt Caragher Patrick Boyle Michael Boyle Michael Boyle James Bailie Mary A. Caffrey
Bryan McIngale Widow Cromy James Calaghan Thaddeus Branigan Ellen Brannigan Mary A. Caffrey Mary C. Boyle Bennie Carragher
Patte McMackin James Dullaghan Alexander Clarke Thomas Brannigan Thaddeus Brannigan Bryan Conlon Mary A. Caffrey Michael Crummie
Patte McQuaffe Art Keenan William Clarke Owen Caffery Patrick Caffrey Rev. Patrick Crilly Bennie Carragher James Crummy
Connor McQuaffye Bryan Keenan Bryan Crummey James Callaghan Owen Carragher Catherine Cromie E. Concannon Thomas Crummy
Phellom O'Herty Phelemy Keenan Bryan Crummey Bryan Carraher Mary Casey Katherine Cromie Mary Ann Crummie Elizabeth Donnelly
Patte O'Hirty John Kelly Daniel Crummey Michael Conlan Rose Conlon William Donaldson Reps. Catherine Crummie Gerard Donnelly
Hugh Lappin Dennis Crummey Michael Crommie Anne Crommie Margaret Donnelly Thomas Crummy John Donnelly
Cormuck Makkin James Crummey Owen Crommie Patrick Crommie Patrick Donnelly Elizabeth Donnelly Rev. Hugh Dougan
James Makkin Neal Crummey Patrick Crommie Annie B. Donaldson Terence Donnelly Patrick Donnelly ? Duffy
Patrick Makkin Neal Crummey Peter Crommie John Donaldson John Duffy Susan Donnelly John Duffy
Peter Makkin William Davidson Annabella Donaldson Arthur Donnelly James Henry John Duffy John Duffy Jun.
Philip Makkin Daniel Donnelly John Donnelly Mary Donnelly Peter Hughes M. Grimes Michael Graham
Bryan McCave Patt Donnelly Patrick Donnelly Peter Donnelly Philip Hughes James Henry V. Hughes
James McCreesh Samuel Dunn Terence Donnelly Bridget Fearon Alexander Johnston Peter Hughes John Keenan
Neal McGeone Owen Gologhly Owen Hughes Patrick Gogarty Ann Keenan V. Hughes Owen Keenan
Patrick Quin Anne Haddin Bridget Keenan Bryan Grant Catherine Keenan John Keenan ? Kelly
John Roony Owen Hughes Eleanor Keenan James Henery John Keenan M. Keenan Thomas P. Lloyd
Peter Roony Anne Keenan James Keenan Peter Hughes Patrick Keenan Owen Keenan James Patrick Macken
Bryan Toner Andrew Keenan Owen Keenan Peter Hughes Thomas Keenan Owen Keenan Margaret J. Macken
Hugh Toner Edward Keenan Peter Keenan Alexander Johnston Jeremiah Kirby Rev. H. Laverty Patrick Macken (Clothier)
John Toner James Keenan John Louth Bernard Keenan Thomas Loughran Mary A. Louth Stephen Macken
Peter Keenan John Loy Catherine Keenan Patrick Louth Thomas P. Lloyd Eugene Mackin
Widow Edward Keenan Alley Macken Mary Keenan Bridget Loy Elizabeth Macken Margaret Mackin
Widow Michael Keenan Bridget Macken Michael Keenan Francis Loy Kathleen Macken Patrick John Mackin
Francis Loy Daniel Macken Michael Keenan Sarah Loy Margaret J. Macken Peter Mackin
John Loy Felix Macken Peter Kerley Ellen Macken Margaret Macken Peter Mackin
Patt Loy James Macken Thomas Loughran John F. Macken Patrick Macken (Clothier) Stephen Mackin
Andrew Mackin John Macken John Louth John Macken Annie Mackin Terence Mackin
Dennis Mackin Joseph Macken Peter Loy Kathleen Macken Annie Mackin Thomas Mackin
Felix Mackin Joseph Macken (Clothier) Stephen Mackin Margaret Macken Eugene Mackin Mary McCoy
Frank Mackin Mary Macken Edward Mackin Michael Macken Nicholas Mackin ? McGuinnis
John Mackin Mary Macken Edward Mackin Patrick Macken (Clothier) Terence Mackin Patrick McMahon
John Mackin Owen Macken Felix Mackin Patrick Macken Jr. Thomas Mackin Rose McMahon
Michael Mackin Owen Macken Francis Mackin Peter Macken Mary McCoy Rev. John Murphy
Michael Mackin Owen Macken (Mick) James Mackin Peter Macken (Philip) T. McCreesh Patrick Murphy
Michael (Owen) Mackin Patrick Macken (James) John Mackin Stephen Macken Teresa McCreesh Patrick J. Murray
Nicholas Mackin Patrick Macken Joseph Mackin John McCreesh Patrick McMahon Annie Rafferty
Owen Mackin Patrick Macken Michael Macken Thomas McCreesh Rose McMahon Peter Rafferty
Patt Mackin Patrick Macken (Bane) Mary Mackin Rev. J.A. McOscar Minnie Meehan Oliver Reel
Philip Mackin Patrick Mackin (Philip) Michael Mackin James Rafferty Patrick J. Murray Peter Reel
Roger Mackin Peter Macken Patrick Mackin John Reel Bernard Rafferty James Rooney
Thomas Mackin Philip Macken Patrick Mackin Mary Reel Bernard Rafferty Patrick Rooney
Thomas Mackin Bryan Magill Patrick Mackin Owen Rooney John Reel Michael Sheridan
Widow Art Mackin Henry McArdle Patrick Mackin Patrick Rooney Peter Reel Victor Wilson
Widow Mackin Bernard McCreesh Patrick Mackin James Smith Bridget Rooney Thomas Woods
Peter McArdle James McCreesh Peter Macken Terence Toner James Rooney  
Mary McCoy Neal McCreesh Thomas Mackin Owen Rooney Land
Patt McCreesh Patrick McCreesh Patrick McCreesh Land Patrick Rooney Terence F. Caherty
Thomas McCreesh Michael McGill Ellen Magill Daniel Casey Michael Sheridan Philip Hughes
Terence McShane Edward McShane Mary McShane Leo Donnelly Rev. C.B. Vallely John Keenan
William Nelson James McShane Anne McVeigh Reps. John Donnelly Thomas Woods James Lennon
Felix O'Hanlon Owen McShane Susan Murphy Michael Graham Thomas Woods Thomas Loy
Patt Quigley Owen McVeigh James Rafferty Margaret Jane Macken   Elizabeth Macken
Cormick Raverty William Nelson Daniel Reel Patrick Macken Land James P. Macken
Peter Raverty Anne Rafferty John Reel Peter Philip Macken Francis Caherty (John) Nicholas Macken
Francis Rooney Patrick Reel Catherine Rooney Bridget McArdle John Caherty Terence Eugene Macken
Owen Rooney James Rooney Owen Rooney William McBride Michael Graham Patrick Mackin
Peter Rooney Patrick Rooney Patrick Rooney Thomas McCreesh Philip Hughes Teresa McCreesh
Patt Toner Patrick Rooney Patrick Rooney Bernard John McVarry James Lennon Bernard J. McVarry
Terence Toner Peter Rooney Felix Toner Patrick Quigley Sarah Loy John Quinn
Thomas Toner Sabina Rooney Michael Reel Thomas Loy John E. Quinn (Freeduff)
Thomas Rowland James Rooney James P. Macken Bridget Rooney
Anne Toner Peter Rooney Nicholas Macken  
Eliza Toner Terence Eugene Macken  
Terence Toner Catherine Mackin  
Thomas Toner Patrick Mackin  
            Bernard J. McVarry  
            Thomas Quigley  
            John Quinn  
            John E. Quinn (Freeduff)  

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Last Updated on 1 January 2003

© Patrick Devlin 2003