Ruane, Stephen and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 12

In 1911, Stephen Ruane (62) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Sarah (57) and their children in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. Stephen and Sarah could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. Stephen and Sarah had one son Thomas (28) and one daughter Norah (15). Both were single and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.

Martin Grealish (19) a ‘Farm Servant’ was also present that night. He was single and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.

All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Ruane family were the only family living in the house, there were two males and town females and all were of the Roman Catholic faith.


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

Stephen owned his house.  The house was a 1st class stone or brick cottage with a slate or tiled roof. It had six front windows and six rooms occupied. There were ten out-offices and farmsteads a stable, a coach house, a cow house, a calf house, two piggeries, fowl house, a barn, a turf house and a shed.

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


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7. Matthew Donoghue, 8. John Carr, 9. John Higgins, 10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane, 13. James Grealish, 14. John Grealish, 15. James Grealish (Micl), 16. John Carr (Pat), 17. Michael Sheridan.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 25/04/2017


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 25/04/2017.

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