1821-1891: Kilnamona's Censuses

Although the individual census records do not survive, abstracts of the general population are still in existence.

In 1821, there were 221 inhabited houses in Kilnamona with 238 families. The gender split was 714 males and 631 females in 1821 [1]. Kilnamona's population increased from 1345 to 1767 between 1821 and 1831 [2].

Kilnamona's population loss between the censuses of 1841 and 1851 was enormous. It went from 2,321 to 1,487. The number of inhabited houses went down from 352 to 229. In all probability, the decline was probably far steeper, as the 1841 census is thought to have undercounted the population. It is also thought that the population would have increased up to the start of the famine in Clare in 1846 [3]. The following table shows Kilnamona's townlands and their population decline in the decades after the famine:

Population Change 1841-1891

Townland 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Ahasla 91 35 43 38 36 35
Ballyashea 164 126 112 86 73 73
Ballyduff More 199 73 61 60 56 47
Ballyknock 44 24 53 40 41 41
Ballymongaun - 15 - 8 5 4
Ballynabinnia 61 11 38 21 31 21
Ballyneillan 10 6 9 18 8 6
Caherbannagh 74 50 40 29 31 27
Clooncaurha 23 11 9 10 9 5
Cloongowna 289 197 169 172 154 120
Cooguquid 38 22 21 18 21 16
Croaghaun 43 33 29 46 36 29
Derroolagh 31 24 36 42 25 19
Islandgar 13 4 11 7 5 12
Kilnamona 55 38 7 - 11 4
Knockacaurhin 117 108 91 53 54 61
Knockatemple 66 79 22 29 15 22
Lickaun 290 224 144 120 148 121
Magowna 32 37 17 12 6 -
Moarhaun 21 15 16 19 24 13
Mweelagarraun 8 11 8 4 3 1
Rushaun 119 66 59 47 47 48
Shallee 21 10 9 4 5 5
Soheen 125 65 42 33 46 47
Toureen East 54 44 43 36 45 35
Toureen West 60 56 44 39 32 25
References
  1. (1821) Abstract of the answers and returns made pursuant to...an act to provide for taking an account of the population of Ireland, and for ascertaining the increase or diminution thereof.
  2. (1833) Population, Ireland. Census of the population, 1831. Comparative abstract of the population in Ireland, as taken in 1821 and 1831.
  3. Ó Murchadha, Ciarán. (1998) Sable wings over the land. Ennis: CLASP Press.