The Important Records
Census returns are usually amongst the most valuable records available to family researchers. Unfortunately, the big problem in Ireland is that, apart from a few fragments, no 19th century census returns survive. Only the 1901 and 1911 censuses are currently available in their entirety, although they are free to access.
As in the UK, thanks to privacy laws, census returns are released after 100 years have passed. This means that the 1911 census is the most recent available. No census was taken in 1921 due to the war of independence, so 1926 will be the next one released, probably in 2027.
See our guide to find out more about the Irish censuses; which records survive and how to access them: