Grealish, Mary and Family

Carnmore West, 1901


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Census of Ireland 1901


Household Return (Form A) for house no. 5

In 1901, Mary Grealish (70), was a retired farmer, a widower and head of the household who lived in Carnmore, Claregalway. Mary could not read nor write and spoke only Irish. That night Mary’s son James(50) and his family were present. James could only read and spoke both Irish and English. Bridget(40), James wife,  could not read or write. James and Bridget had three children, two sons Martin(8) and Patt(6) and one daughter Mally(Masey)(4), Mary’s grandchildren. Both Martin and Patt could read and write but Mally(Masey) could not read nor write. All spoke both Irish and  English.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

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


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

The house was rented from Peter Grealish. It was a 3rd class stone or brick cottage and had a thatched roof. Two rooms were occupied and there was two front windows. There was only one outhouse attached to the house, a fowl house

Mary signed the forms with her mark “x”. It was witnessed 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,  8. Matthew Donohue, 9. Pat Higgins, 10. John Patrick Carr.

Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 09/07/2017


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.


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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?

This page was added on 10/07/2017.

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