Census of Population of Ireland, 1981
Number of persons in the household
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.
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.5 Marital status
 1 Child
 2 Single
 3 Married
 4 Widowed
 5 Other status
Q.12 Usual residence one year ago ____
Q.13 Means of travel to work, school or college
 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.15 Present status
 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 _____
Q.18 Employer and employer's business ___
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.20 Agricultural holdings
Area (statute acres) ____
Valuation (land only) (pounds) ____
State age at which full-time education ceased____
Secondary, community or comprehensive: ___years
Vocational, technical or commercial: ___years
University or other third level: ___years
Q. 22 Scientific or technological qualifications
[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
 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.)
If the house, flat or rooms are rented, state the rent and indicate period which applies by inserting check mark in the appropriate box.
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.26 Year in which the house was built
 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:
 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
 2 No
 2 Electricity
 3 Oil
 4 Gas
 5 Other
For official use only
G. Building type
 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
(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
(ii) For persons in hotels, hospitals or other institutions write "Employee", "Guest", "Patient", "Inmate", etc., as appropriate.
Question 5: Marital 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
(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
(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.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(a) For a person at work:
(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).
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.
(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
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
(a) Qualifications: the qualification(s) held should be stated at (a). See examples below:
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.
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
(ii) Oil also includes kerosene.