Fahey, Richard and Family



Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A)

Richard Fahey and his family, were living with his father-in-law Patrick Burke at the time of the census in 1901. It states Patrick as head of the family. Richard and his family are under the ‘Burke, Patrick and Family‘ in the Families of Cregboy.



Census of Ireland 1911

Household Return (Form A)

In 1911, Patrick Burke has now passed and his son-in-law Richard Fahey(60) is head of the family and a farmer.  Ellen (48) is recorded as having an occupation, she would most likely be a farmer’s wife, domestic duties were not asked to be recorded.   It is recorded that Richard and Ellen have been married thirty one years and have living nine out of their ten children born. Delia, John, Mary and Bryan are not recorded in the night of this census.   The eldest child living in the house is Patrick(23), with Nannie(22), Maggie(19) and Martin(17) all recorded as not married and are down as either farmers sons or daughters.

Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Fahey family are the only family living in the house, there are three males and three females and all are of the Roman Catholic faith.

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

The house is the existing stone, or brick thatched cottage is now owned by Richard. With page 2 of Form B2 available we can tell that there are five out-houses on the farm. A stable, cow house, calf house, barn and a shed.

The 1911 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, April 2nd and the forms were filled out by Richard as noted by his signature. It was witness and collected by local constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 8th.

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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 the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The 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 the 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

In the 1911, if a woman is a widow and head of the household why can I not see how many children she had?

Were the houses actually numbered?

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

This page was added on 20/04/2016.

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