1926 Census release date announced!

It was an ordinary November day. Then came an announcement from Minister Catherine Martin that she was making €5m available to digitise the 1926 census and it will be available online, for free, in April 2026.

You can read the full press release here!

I’m really hoping they’ll redesign the whole census/genealogy site, which are distinct parts of the National Archives of Ireland’s website. My wishlist includes:

  • Maps – county/DED
  • Soundex
  • Full transcription of entries in Irish

The census was the first taken in the recently partitioned island and covers the 26 counties which today form the Republic of Ireland.

Who will you look up first? It’ll be the first census to feature my four grandparents, so they are top of my list. They were all under 10 in 1926.

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