Fahy, Peter and Family



Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 1

In 1911 Peter Fahy (80), a ‘Farmer’, was head of the household and lived with his wife Honor (80) and their son John and his family in the townland of Carnmore West, in the parish of Claregalway. Peter and Honor could not read nor write. Peter spoke both Irish and English and Honor only spoke Irish.

Their son John (40) and his wife Mary (40) had two sons Peter (16) Michael (5) and one daughter Mary (3). John was stated as a ‘Farmer’s Son’.  John and Mary could not read or write but spoke both Irish and English. Peter was a ‘Scholar’ and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.  Michael was a ‘scholar’ but could not read nor write. Mary could not read nor write.

There are three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. It shows that Peter and Honor were married 60 years and that they had thirteen children born to them with four children still alive. It also shows that John and Mary were married 9 years and that they had four children born to them and three children were still alive. All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

The Fahy family were the only family living in the house, there were four males and three females and all were of the Roman Catholic faith.


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

Peter was the owner of his house.  The house was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and two rooms were occupied. There were two out-offices and farmsteads a cow house and piggery.

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

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1. Peter Fahy, 2. Peter Flaherty, 3. Patrick Lally, 4. Bridget Grealish, 5. Patrick Cooney, 6. James Carr.


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 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.



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?

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?


This page was added on 18/04/2017.

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