The 1901 and 1911 Censuses
The 1901 and 1911 censuses are the only surviving full censuses of Ireland open to public viewing. The household manuscript returns are the forms filled out and signed by the head of each household on census night.
The basic topographical divisions for the census are: County; District Electoral Division; Townland or Street. This simple hierarchical structure makes it easy to access any area in the country. In addition to he original household returns, filled in and signed by heads of households, are three statistical returns. These deal with with religious denominations, classification of buildings, and out-offices and farm-steadings, filled out by the Enumerator for that townland/street.
The 1901 census was taken on 31st March 1901 whilst the 1911 census was taken on 2 April 1911. In the returns below from William Joyce of Monroe, the 1901 form is completed in English whilst the 1911 form is completed in Irish. It indicated perhaps the monumental events that lay ahead including the 1916 rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.
Click on the Townland name to see the census return