1901 Census of the Carnaun School Area by Anita Coffey (O'Regan)


This area includes part of the parishes of Athenry, Abbeyknockmoy and Lackagh.

A census is a survey conducted by a government to collect information about the society it governs. A population census determines the size of the population and such information as the age, occupations and sex of people. A census is conducted by most governments at regular intervals.

In 1901 the earliest return for our country was compiled. It included such data as the religious denominations, the education and language of the people. It also included information on the quality of housing at the time. The particulars of the inhabited houses are given. Houses were graded according to size and the type of roof. The type of walls and roofs are given. The number of rooms and the number of windows to the front of the houses are shown. The name of the landlord on whose holding the house was situated is also provided.

The complete 1901 census is available to the public on film in our city libraries. For the most part the film is legible, but parts are blurred due to the age of the original copy, hence our lists are incomplete in places. I would like to thank the staff of the Galway Library, Nun’s Island for their help and patience while I was photocopying and collecting the statistics.

Webmaster's note 12.02.2014

Anita's work which took many days of great effort in painstakingly coping from film in the Library was published in the Centenary Book "Carnaun School 1891 - 1991" and covers 25 pages!

It is not replicated here as the 1901 and 1911 Census is now readily available online at www.census.nationalarchives.ie/

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