Flaherty, Peter and Family

Carnmore West 1901



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Census of Ireland 1901


Household Return (Form A) for house no. 2

In 1901, Peter Flaherty (40), a farmer, was head of the household and lived in Carnmore West, in the parish of Claregalway. Peter could not read nor write but spoke both Irish and English. That night, Peter’s Wife Sarah (40) and six children, one boy and five girls were present. Sarah also could not read nor write but spoke both Irish and English. His eldest John (12) could read and write and spoke both Irish and English. His daughters Bridget (10), Mary(8), Margaret(5) and Sarah(4) could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. The youngest Winnie was only five months old.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

On the night of the census, March 31st there was only one family present in the house. There were two males and six females all were born in County Galway and were of the Roman Catholic faith.


House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)

The house was rent from Peter Grealish. It was a 3rd class stone or brick cottage and had a thatched roof, two rooms were occupied and there were two front windows. There was one out-house, a fowl house.

Peter signed the forms with his mark “X”. It was witnessed, signed and collected by local constable John Reilly on April 9th.





1. Peter Fahy, 2.Peter Flaherty, 3. Bridget Lalley, 4. Patrick Lally, 5. Mary Grealish, 6. Micheal Lynskey,  7. James Grealish.

Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland) www.nationalarchives.ie, accessed 12/04/2017


Census of Ireland 1926

The next census in Ireland was not taken until 1926.  It was not taken in 1921 as Ireland was in the midst the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The official due date for the release of the 1926 Census is January 1st, 2027 as there is a 100-year privacy law in Ireland. There have been many attempts to have an earlier release date, but to no avail yet.


More to Follow!


Questions that can arise…

Why can ages by out by years from the 1901 census to 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

In 1911, if a woman is a widow and head of the household why can I not see how many children she had?

Were the houses actually numbered?

What does forms A, N, B1 and B2 mean?

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