Lally, Patrick and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 3

In 1911 Patrick Lally (52), a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Maggie (51), their children and his mother Bridget(86) in the townland of Carnmore West, Claregalway. Peter and Maggie could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had two daughters Mary (27) and Maggie (14) and four sons Michael (23), Thomas (21), John (19) and Edward (12). Mary, Michael, Thomas, and John were able to read, write and spoke both Irish and English. Maggie and Edward were ‘scholars’ and were able to read, write and spoke Irish and English

There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901. ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. It shows that Patrick and Maggie were married 30 years and stated that they had six children born to them and six children were still alive.

Patrick’s mother Bridget Lally was a widow. She could not read nor write and spoke only Irish.  All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Lally family were the only family living in the house, there were five male and four females. All were of the Roman Catholic faith.


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

Patrick owned the house.  The house was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and three rooms occupied. There were four out-offices and farmsteads a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a turf house.

The returns were filled out and signed by Patrick. 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, 7. Matthew Donoghue, 8. John Carr.


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.



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 23/04/2017.

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