Census of Ireland 1911
Household Return (Form A) for house No. 30
In 1911, Bartley Lalley (85) was a ‘Farmer’ a widower and head of the household. He lived with his daughters Bridget (35) and Sara Commins (36) and her family in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. Sara was married to James Commins (32), they had five sons Pat (6), Michael (5), James (4), John (2) and Edward (11 months) and one daughter Mary (3). Bridget was a ‘Farmer’s Daughter’. Bartley and Bridget could not read. Bartley spoke both Irish and English. James and Sara Commins could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. James’s occupation is not stated. Their children Pat, Michael and James were ‘Scholars’. Pat and Michael could read and write and Pat spoke both Irish and English. James, Mary, John and Edward cannot read. All were born in County Galway.
There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901. They are ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. Sara filled out these columns. James and Sara were married seven years and had six children born and six children alive.
Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)
There was one family living in the house, there are seven males and three females in the house that night. All were of the Roman Catholic faith.
House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)
The house was owned by Bartley and was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatch roof. It had three front windows and two rooms occupied. There were three out-offices or farmsteads a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.
The returns were signed by Bartley. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 12th.
25. Julia Terney, 26. John Moran, 27. Timothy Carr, 28. Thomas Collins, 29. Patrick Hanley, 30. Bartley Lalley, 31. Michael Kenny, 32. Thomas Collins, 33. Michael Fox, 34. Patrick Fox, 35. Maggie Hanley.
Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland) www.nationalarchives.ie, accessed 24/07/2018
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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