Census unearths famous names


When filling out the census on Sunday March 31st 1901, John Stanislaus Joyce could not have imagined his 19-year-old son James would go on to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

At the time, John was a government pensioner residing in Fairview with his wife Mary and 10 sons and daughters including James, who he lists as a student.

The information of Joyce’s early life comes available today as the 1901 census goes online.

According to the census, the third President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera, was a boarder student at Blackrock College on the eve the census was carried out, famous author Peig Sayers was living with her husband and in-laws on the Great Blasket Island and Terence MacSwiney, who would later die in prison after 74 days on hunger strike, was residing in Cork City.

Pádraig Pearse was, at age 22, the head of his household living on Sandymount Avenue in Dublin. In the census he made the return in English. By the time of the 1911 return he makes the family return in Gaeilge.

Hanna Sheehy and her sister Mary, were living in Belvedere Place in Dublin. Hanna later married Francis Skeffington, who was murdered in 1916, and Mary married Tom Kettle, who died in the British army during the first World War.

Movie fans who believe there is only one James Bond will also be surprised by the newly released data from 109 years ago.

Information from the census shows there were 29 people who shared the same name as the famous double agent living in Ireland at the time.

Some 280 John Lennons, 36 George Harrisons, 159 John Cusacks, 133 Michael Jordans, 19 Tom Cruises and eight Edward Nortons were also residing in the country.

There was even a Christopher Columbus in Co Limerick.