Donoghue, Matthew


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A) for house 7

In 1911 Matthew Donoghue (79), a ‘Farm labourer’ and a widower, lived on his own in the townland of Carnmore West, Claregalway. James could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. He was born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

Matthew Donoghue was the only person living in the house, there was one male and was of the Roman Catholic faith.


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

Matthew was a tenant of the house, the house was owned by James Carr.  The house was a 3rd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had one front window and one room occupied. There were no out-offices and farmsteads attached to the house.

The returns were filled out and signed by Matthew. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.


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2. Peter Flaherty, 3. Patrick Lally, 4. Bridget Grealish, 5. Patrick Cooney, 6. James Carr, 7. Matthew Donoghue, 8. John Carr, 9. John Higgins, 10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 23/04/2017


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 of 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?

Why are the additional 3 new columns in 1911 not filled out in some cases?

Were the houses actually numbered?

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


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