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Census of Population of Ireland, 1981

Census Day Sunday 5 April, 1981

Central Statistics Office

Form A: strictly confidential. For official use only.

A.
County or county borough_____
D.E.D. or ward_____
Enumeration area number ____
Townland_____
Town_____
Street, etc.; number/name of house_____
B.
Schedule number _____

C.
[] 1 Private household in house or flat
[] 2 Private household in caravan, mobile home, etc
[] 3 Non-private household
Name, if any ____________

D.
Form D serial no. _____

E.
Number of persons in the household

Persons ____

Males___
Females___

F.
Date of collection of form _______

Part A - Details of individuals
Include every person, whether a member of the family, visitor, patient, employee, or other occupant who passes the night of Sunday 5 April, 1981 in the household, institution or vessel or who arrives on the morning of Monday 6 April, 1981 [who was not] enumerated elsewhere.

Persons normally resident in the household, institution or vessel but absent on the night of Sunday 5 April, 1981 should not be included.

Q.1 Name and surname _______

Particulars in respect of the head of the household should be inserted on the first line.
Any adult member of a private household present on Census night can be returned as the head according as the household members consider appropriate.

Q.2 Sex

[] 1 Male
[] 2 Female

Q.3 Relationship to head of household _______

Write "Head", Husband", "Wife", Son", "Daughter", Visitor", "Patient", "Employee", etc. as appropriate.

Q.4 Date of birth

Use numbers: e.g., enter 14 February 1936 as 14/2/36.

Day___
Month___
Year___

Q.5 Marital status

The marital status indicated should relate to the person's present legal status. If [the person is] under 15 years of age (i.e., born after 5 April, 1966) please check box 1.

[] 1 Child
[] 2 Single
[] 3 Married
[] 4 Widowed
[] 5 Other status

Q.6 Place of birth ____

If born in Ireland, state the county. If born elsewhere, state the country.

Q.7 Religion ____

State the particular denomination. If none, write "None".

Q.8 Ability to speak the Irish language ___

Write "Irish only", "Irish and English", "Read but cannot speak Irish" or leave blank as appropriate.

[Questions 9 and 10 are to be completed by married women only]

Q.9 State the month and year of present marriage____

Q.10 State the total number of children born alive to present marriage_____

If none, write "None".

Q.11 Usual residence now ____

If the person usually lives at this address, write "Here". If not, write the usual address in full.

Q.12 Usual residence one year ago ____

If the person's usual address one year ago was the same as that given at Q.11, write "Same". If not, write in full the usual address at that time. For children now younger than one year old, write "'Under 1".

Q.13 Means of travel to work, school or college

Indicate the usual means of travel to work or school by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box. If the person works at home (e.g. Farmer. shopkeeper living on the premises. etc.), please insert the check mark in Box 11.

[] 1 On foot
[] 2 Bicycle
[] 3 School bus
[] 4 Other bus
[] 5 Train
[] 6 Motorcycle
[] 7 Motor car (driver)
[] 8 Motor car (passenger)
[] 9 Lorry, van
[] 10 Other means
[] 11 None

Q. 14 Distance to work, school or college___

State to the nearest mile, the distance, travelled from residence to place of work, school or college.

[Question 15-22 should be asked to persons age 15 or older]

Q.15 Present status

Indicate, by inserting check mark in the appropriate box, the person's present principal status. Self-employed persons should insert check mark in Box 1. Persons temporarily absent from work because of illness, holidays, etc., should insert check mark in Box 1.

[] 1 At work
[] 2 Seeking regular work for first time
[] 3 Unemployed
[] 4 At school, student
[] 5 Home (i.e. domestic) duties
[] 6 Retired
[] 7 Unable to work owing to permanent sickness or disability
[] 8 Other (specify ______)

Q. 16 Occupation _____

If at work, state here the usual principal occupation, giving a full description. If unemployed or retired, describe the principal occupation previously held. For students or persons at school, state the type (secondary, community, vocational, university, etc.)

Q.17 Employment status

[] 1 Self-employed, employing others
[] 2 Self-employed, without paid employees
[] 3 Employee
[] 4 Assisting relative (not receiving a fixed wage or salary)

Q.18 Employer and employer's business ___

For persons at work: if an employee, state name of employer (person, firm, company public body) and nature of business carried on by the employer.
If self-employed: state nature of business carried on. A farmer or farm worker should also state the area of the land farmed.
If unemployed: state the name and nature of the business of last employer.

Q.19 Address of place of work, school or college ____

Give full and exact address at which actually working or at which attending school or college. If working from a fixed centre or depot give that address. If working at home (e.g. farmer, shopkeeper living on premises), write "At home". For persons with no fixed place of work (e.g., commercial traveler), write "None".

Q.20 Agricultural holdings

If the person is a rated occupier of agricultural holding(s), state the total area and ratable valuation of the land in such holding(s).

Area (statute acres) ____

Valuation (land only) (pounds) ____

[Q.21 to be completed for each person whose full-time education has ceased]

Q.21 Full-time education received.

If the person attended any of the following types of school, etc., full-time, state the number of years in each case. If the person did not attend write "None".
State age at which full-time education ceased____
Primary: ___years
Secondary, community or comprehensive: ___years
Vocational, technical or commercial: ___years

University or other third level: ___years
Q. 22 Scientific or technological qualifications

If the person has such qualifications state at (a) the qualifications held and at (b) the main subject(s) in which held.

(a) ___
(b) ___

Part B - Details of the dwelling

[Questions 23-30 should be answered in respect of each private household. These questions need not be answered in respect of institutions or private household living in caravans or other mobile dwellings]
Q.23 Nature of occupancy of house, flat or rooms

[] 1 Rented from a local authority (corporation, county or urban district council)
[] 2 Rented unfurnished, other than from a local authority
[] 3 Rented furnished or part furnished
[] 4 Being acquired from local authority under a purchase or vested cottage scheme
[] 5 Owner occupied where loan or mortgage repayments are being made
[] 6 Owner occupied where no loan or mortgage repayments are being made
[] 7 Occupied free of rent (caretaker, company official, etc.)

Q. 24 Rent

[Only if the answer in Q.23 was 1, 2 or 3]

If the house, flat or rooms are rented, state the rent and indicate period which applies by inserting check mark in the appropriate box.

Pounds ______
Pence ______, per

[] 1 One week
[] 2 Two weeks
[] 3 Four weeks
[] 4 One month
[] 5 Two months
[] 6 Three months
[] 7 Six months
[] 8 Year

Q.25 Rooms ___

State the number of rooms occupied by the household (including kitchen but excluding kitchenette, scullery, bathroom, toilet, consulting room, office or shop).

Q.26 Year in which the house was built

Indicate the period in which the house or other building containing the dwelling was built by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box. The year in which it was first built is required even if [it was] subsequently converted, extended or renovated.

[] 1 Before 1919
[] 2 Between 1919 and 1940 inclusive
[] 3 Between 1941 and 1960 inclusive
[] 4 Between 1961 and 1970 inclusive
[] 5 Between 1971 and 1975 inclusive
[] 6 1976 or later

Q.27 Water supply:

[] 1 Water tap, inside the building, connected to public main
[] 2 Water tap, outside the building only, connected to public main
[] 3 Water tap, inside the building, connected to private source
[] 4 Water tap, outside the building only, connected to private source
[] 5 No piped water supply

Has the household the use of hot water tap?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

Q.28 Bath or shower:
Has the household the use of a fixed bath or shower?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

If "Yes", is this bath or shower shared with another household?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

Q.29 Sanitary facilities

[] 1 Flush toilet
[] 2 Chemical closet
[] 3 Dry closet
[] 4 No toilet or closet

Is the toilet or closet inside the building?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

Is the toilet or closet shared with another household?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

Q.30 Household heating

(a) Indicate the principal fuel used for heating the dwelling in the winter time by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box. Insert the check mark in one box only.
Type of fuel:
[] 1 Solid fuel
[] 2 Electricity
[] 3 Oil
[] 4 Gas
[] 5 Other

(b) Does the dwelling have a central heating system?
[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No
If "Yes", is the central heating system the principal method used for heating the dwelling?
[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

For official use only
G. Building type

[] 1 Conventional house, containing one dwelling
[] 2 One dwelling building, partly non-residential
[] 3 Multi-dwelling building
[] 4 Caravan or other type of temporary dwelling
[] 5 Hospital, county home and geriatric centre
[] 6 Religious institution
[] 7 Boarding school
[] 8 Other residential institution (e.g., nurses home, student hostel, etc.)
[] 9 Hotel, guesthouse, boarding house
[] 0 All other types of institutions and non-private households

H. Dwelling code

[] 1
[] 2
[] 3

Explanatory notes

Question 1: Name and surname

(i) Include every person, whether a member of the family, visitor, patient, employee or other occupant, who passes the night of Sunday 5 April, 1981 in the household or institution, or who arrives on the morning of Monday 6 April, 1981, not having been enumerated elsewhere.
(ii) Particulars in respect of the head of the household should be inserted on the first line. Any adult member of a private household present on Census night can be returned as the head as the household members consider appropriate. Particulars for one person only should be entered on each line.
(iii) Persons normally resident in the household or institution but absent on the night of Sunday 5 April, 1981 should not be included.
(iv) Babies born after midnight on 5 April, 1981 should not be included. If a baby born before midnight on that night has not yet been given a name, it will be sufficient to write "Baby".

Question 3: Relationship to the head of household

(i) Anyone in a private household whose usual residence is elsewhere should be described as "visitor", whether related to the head of the household or not.
(ii) For persons in hotels, hospitals or other institutions write "Employee", "Guest", "Patient", "Inmate", etc., as appropriate.

Question 5: Marital status

(i) The marital status indicated should relate to the person's present legal status.
(ii) If under 15 years of age (i.e., born after 5 April, 1966) please insert the check mark in box 1.
(iii) The category "Other status" relates only to persons who have obtained a divorce in another country.

Question 6: Place of birth

(i) Give the usual residence of the mother at time of [the child's] birth, not the location of the hospital or nursing home where [the child] was born.
(ii) If born in any part of Ireland (including Northern Ireland), give the name of the county of birth.
(iii) If born outside Ireland, whether now residing in or visiting Ireland, state the country of birth.

Question 8: Ability to speak the Irish language

This question should be asked to persons age 3 years or over. Leave blank for children under 3 years of age.

(i) Write "Irish only" for persons who can speak only Irish.
(ii) Write "Irish and English" for those who can speak Irish and English.
(iii) For persons who can read but cannot speak Irish, write "Read but cannot speak Irish".
(iv) Do not write anything opposite the names of persons who can neither read nor speak Irish.

Question 10: Number of children born alive to the present marriage

[For married women only]

What is required here is the total number of children born alive to the present marriage, including those who are not alive now and those who are alive but not in the household on Census night.

Questions 11 and 12: Usual residence now; Usual residence one year ago

(i) If an address in any part of Ireland (including Northern Ireland) is given, make sure that the county of residence is stated. In addition, if the address is in a town, the name of the town should be given. If it is in a rural area, the townland name should be given. In every case, the full address should be given.
(ii) If the address is outside Ireland, state the country of usual residence. For an address in Great Britain, state the county or shire also.
(iii) For school children who are away from home during term-time, the home address [rather than] the term-time address should be regarded as the usual residence.
(iv) For students at university, etc., who are away from home during term-time, the term-time address should be regarded as the usual residence.
(v) For persons temporarily in hospitals and other institutions, give the home address.
(vi) For persons with no settled address, write "None".

Question 13: Means of travel to work, school, or college

This question and question 14 should be answered in respect of any person who is at work or who is attending school, university, etc. full-time. Leave blank for other persons (e.g., those engaged in home duties, retired persons, children not yet in school, etc.). Particulars given should relate to the outward journey.

(i) If the person regularly uses some means of transport to a fixed place of work or school, the principal means of transport (e.g., bus, train, motor car, motorcycle, bicycle, lorry, van, etc.) should be indicated.
(ii) If the person walks to work or school, indicate "On foot".
(iii) If the person uses more than one means of transport to work or school, indicate only the means by which the longest distance is travelled.
(iv) If the person uses different means of transport on different days, indicate the means used most often.
(v) For persons working mainly at home (e.g. farmers, shopkeepers living on premises, staff living in, etc.), indicate "None".
(vi) For persons working daily from a fixed centre or depot, such as certain transport workers, indicate the means of transport to this centre or depot.
(vii) For school children, etc., resident in schools and colleges, indicate "None".

Question 14: Distance traveled to work, school, or college

(i) State the total distance travelled from residence to place of work, school or college to the nearest mile.
(ii) For persons working daily from a fixed centre or depot, indicate the distance travelled from residence to this centre or depot.
(iii) For persons with no regular place of work (e.g., sales representatives, road workers and others who do not work at or from a fixed centre or depot), write "None".

Questions 15-22 relate to persons age 15 and over

Question 15: Present status

(i) Self-employed persons should insert [the check mark in] in Box 1.
(ii) Persons temporarily absent from work because of illness, holidays, etc., should insert [the check mark in] in Box 1.
(iii) Apprentices who are in employment and who also attend technical schools or colleges of technology should insert the [check mark in] in Box 1.
(iv) Full-time students who are in part-time employment should insert the [check mark in] in Box 4.

Question 16: Occupation

(i) If working, state the usual principal occupation (i.e., the one by which living is mainly earned).
(ii) If unemployed or retired, describe the principal occupation previously held.
(iii) In all cases describe the occupation fully and precisely, using any special name by which the job is known and stating the type of work done. The following are examples of the types of occupational descriptions which should be used: "Hosiery machine operator", "Dock laborer", "Gas fitter", "Ticket checker", "Woodworking machinist", "Builder's laborer", "Electrical fitter", "Goods checker", "Sound technician", "Civil engineer", "Garage foreman", "Radio mechanic", "Laboratory technician", "Electrical engineer", "Site foreman", "Motor mechanic". General terms such as "Machine operator", "Technician", "Laborer", "Engineer", "Fitter", "Foreman", "Checker", or "Mechanic" should not be used alone.
(iv) For civil servants and local government employees, the grade should be stated. For Army or Garda personnel, the rank should be stated.
(v) For teachers, the branch of teaching should be stated (e.g., "Primary teacher", "Vocational teacher", etc.)
(vi) For clergy and members of religious orders engaged in teaching or other service, a full description should be given, such as "Christian Brother, primary teacher", "Nun, general hospital nurse", etc.
(vii) For students or persons in school, state the type of school or institution (e.g. "Secondary", "Community", "Vocational", "University", etc.)

Question 18: Employer and employer's business

This question should be answered in respect of each person aged 15 years or over who is at work or unemployed.

(a) For a person at work:
(i) if an employee, state the name of the employer (whether person, firm, company or public body) and the nature of the business carried on by the employer.
(ii) if self-employed, state the nature of the business carried on.
(iii) if a farmer or a farm worker, state also the area (in statute acres) of the land farmed (i.e. including land taken and excluding land let).
(b) For an unemployed person, state the name and nature of business of the last employer.

The nature of business carried on should be described fully indicating the type of goods made or dealt with, or type of service rendered; for example, use descriptions such as "Shirt factory worker", "Shoe manufacturer", "Cattle dealer", "Wholesale tea merchant", "Import agent (textiles)", etc. Descriptions such as "Factory worker", "Manufacturer", "Dealer", "Merchant", "Agent", should not be used alone.

Question 19: Address of the place of work, school, or college

This question should be answered in respect of each person aged 15 years and over who is at work, at school, or at college. Give full and exact address where [the person is] actually working or where attending school or college. The address where [the person is] working is required, not the headquarters or head office of the employer, if this is different.

(i) For persons who work from a fixed centre or depot, give that address.
(ii) For persons who work mainly at home (e.g., farmer, shopkeeper living on premises, etc.) write "At home".
(iii) For persons with no fixed place of work (e.g., sales representatives, road workers and others who do not work at or from a fixed centre or depot) write "None".

Question 21: Full-time education received

The questions in this section should be completed for each person aged 15 years or over who is no longer receiving full-time education. No entry should be made in respect of part-time education received. Do not complete for persons still receiving full-time education.
In the first column provided enter the age at which each such person ceased full-time education.
In each of the other columns state the number of years spent in full-time attendance at the type of school, etc. shown. Enter "None" where this type of school, etc., was not attended full-time.

Primary school includes national school, private school and junior or preparatory school attached to a secondary school. Secondary, community or comprehensive school includes the secondary top of a primary school. Vocational, technical or commercial includes school of commerce, secretarial college, school of domestic science, agricultural school. University or other third level [education] includes the constituent colleges of the National University of Ireland, Dublin University, Maynooth College, College of Surgeons, National College of Art, Regional Technical College, College of Advanced Technology, Teachers' Training College, Military Training College, Major Religious Seminary, Agricultural College, and Veterinary College.

Question 22: Scientific or technological qualifications

This question should be answered for persons who hold one or more qualifications of the type listed below in a branch of science or technology, including natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences and social sciences, but excluding commerce, geography, domestic science and nursing.

(a) Qualifications: the qualification(s) held should be stated at (a). See examples below:
Qualifications
Certificate, diploma, associateship or degree awarded by an educational institution (e.g. university, National Council for Educational Awards, City and Guilds, Department of Education, etc.) following at least one year's full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) after the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent, Graduate or Corporate Membership of a professional institution.

Examples of entries at (a):
National Certificate (NCEA); City and Guilds Technician Certificate; National Diploma (NCEA); College Technician Diploma; A.R.C.Sc.1.; A.I.M.L.S.; Grad.1.E.E.; Grad.1.Mech.E.; B.Sc.; B.E.; M.E.; Ph.D.; B.A. (Mathematics); B.Soc.Sc.; M.B.; B.Ch.; B.A.O.; M.Econ.Sc.; M.I.E.I.; M.I.C.I.; M.R.I.C.; M.1.Mech.E.; A.1nst.P.; F.I.M.L.S.; M.I.Biol.
(b) Main branch:
The main branch of science or technology in which the qualification(s) are held should be stated at (b): e.g., agriculture; horticulture; veterinary science; physics; medicine; dentistry; pharmacy; biochemistry; mathematical physics; architecture; mechanical engineering; applied biology; applied chemistry; electronics; sociology; economics, etc. B.A. (Mathematics); B. Soc. Sc.; M.B.; B.Ch.; B.A.O.; M. Econ. Sc.; M.I.E.I.; M.I.C.I.; M.R.I.C.; M.1.Mech.E.; A. 1nst. P.; F.I.M.L.S.; M. I. Biol.

Question 30: Household heating

(a) Indicate the principal fuel used for heating the dwelling in winter time. Indicate one fuel only.
(i) Solid fuel includes coal, turf, briquettes, wood.
(ii) Oil also includes kerosene.
(b) Central heating means two or more rooms heated by a single fuel burning appliance and associated heat distribution system (e.g. radiators), or, in the case of electricity, permanently wired heating units.