CARNAUN NATIONAL SCHOOL
The Lambert Families
of Castle Lambert and Castle Ellen.
the past the Lamberts owned the land in Carnaun School Area. They lived
in Castle Lambert (One mile west) and Castle Ellen (one mile east). We
often wondered how life was when they lived here and what happened to their
Snippets of information came
down to us through the 'folklore' of the area. We heard how Giles Eyre
Lambert was attacked during land agitation, 1869, and that there was a
famous trial. Walter Eyre Lambert was a founder member of the famous Galway
Blazers, 1839. Isabella Lambert was the mother of Sir Edward Carson the
great Unionist politician. Walter Peter Lambert ('Watty' as he was affectionately
known by the Athenry people) sold Castle Ellen in 1923 to 'The Land Commission'
and moved to Oughterard by Lough Corrib with his daughter Doreen. Now and
again we heard that Lamberts came to visit their old homes but they were
gone again before those of us who were interested could meet them. "If
only they visited the School".
Now with the help of I.T. and
the Internet, in a time of researching our heritage and in a year of the
Peace Process and Reconciliation in the North of Ireland this project is
very important to us. Imagine our surprise when we surfed the Internet
to find Andy Lambert's database on the Lamberts. http://www.motor-software.co.uk/home
This was a great start. Since then we have found out quite a lot about
the Lamberts - and we hope to put it and our research of the locality together
in the form of a book very shortly. We will need help with this in
many ways but especially through articles from interested people. We also
hope to invite all Lambert descendants to Athenry in the near future with
a view to re-starting a great friendship. Call us if you think we are doing
the right thing! We welcome and need your views, suggestions and constructive
Finbarr O'Regan. Principal Teacher.
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a picture of Castle Ellen House - May take some time
Castle Ellen House
Mary Connaughton interviews Johnny
My neighbour Johnny Cahalan lives in Castle Ellen Gatehouse and six generations
of his family lived and worked for the Lambert of Castle Ellen. He is very
helpful to us when we want to know about the history of the area. We invited
him to the school last Monday to show him what we had done on the history
of Castle Ellen and to get more information on our project from him.We
showed him our Internet Page on Castle Ellen and the Lambert Family database
which we had downloaded from the WWW and also loads of old documents our
teacher had gathered over the years.
Johnny talked about the people mentioned in 1901 census [my part of the
project]. He talked about Doreen Lambert who lived in Castle Ellen as a
child. He also told us about the people who lived in Pollach in houses
built by the Lambert and about stable men and coachmen and all the servants.
He had with him an old notebook used to record the Athenry Church of Ireland
Parish Fund 1912 - 1921. It had a record of those who attended church in
St. Mary's in the Square in Athenry. (This old building is now going to
be our new Heritage Centre).
Many of the Lambert descendants call to Johnny when they visit their ancestral
home. He was very interested in our project and promised to help us a lot
1901Census - Castle Ellen area
A census is a survey conducted
by a government to collect information about the society it governs. A
population census determines the size of the population and such information
as the age, occupations and sex of people. A census is conducted by most
governments at regular intervals.
In 1901 the earliest return
for our country was compiled. It includes such data as the religious denomination,
the education and language of the people.
Townland: Castle Ellen
||Daughter in law
Jane Maxwell was a servant,
Tara Anne Watts was a housemaid, Johanna Hunt was a kitchen maid and Michael
Clancy was a coachman. Mathias Cusack was a stableman and they all worked
in Castle Ellen Big House.
Pat Cahalan, Miko Cahalan, Honora Cahalan, Mary Cahalan, John Cahalan,
Pat Cahalan, Kate Cahalan, and Thomas Cahalan all lived on the back road
into Castle Ellen.
Andrew Boyd, Jane Boyd, and John Boyd were all living in the Gatehouse
were Johnny Cahalan now lives.
None of the Lambert family are
named in this census as they were away on holidays at the time.
Old farm buildings at the back of Castle
(Note the cut stonework)
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