Owing to the destruction of most of the 19th Century census records in Ireland, the 1911 Census is the second earliest complete census to survive. Taken on 2 April 1911, the household return forms were filled out and signed by the head of household then collected by an Enumerator. Enumerators also noted religious denominations for each townland or street and detailed any outbuildings.

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