People of Calry

The overall objective of this menu item is to provide information on people who lived in the Calry area from around the middle of the 17th century, when names started to be recorded in surveys, down to the early 21st century. It was quite common to have names of individuals and families linked with the ownership of property.

Early records on the inhabitants of Calry are rather sparse and the earliest Census of Ireland that is fully extant is the 1901 census.  Both the 1901 and 1911 Census are available on the National Archives of Ireland website (URL). The section People and property (1662-1911) provides information on Calry inhabitants in the 1901 and 1911 Census returns and lists various sources dating back to the Hearth Money Rolls of 1662. Also included are extracts from Griffiths Valuation (1857), the Tithe Applotment Books (1823) and the Flaxgrowers List (1796)

The plantations that occurred in Ireland under the Protestant ascendancy (1691–1801) gave rise to a number of estates and the so-called ‘landed gentry’ which are covered in the section Landed Gentry and their Seats.

As the 1926 Census of Ireland is not yet released, there are no official records on the population of Calry after 1911 and therefore we have to rely on various unofficial sources, including oral history, on people who inhabited the area over the past hundred years approximately, and this is presented under the section People we remember (1912 – present).

Aside from data gleaned from official sources, the true spirit within a community is derived from the interactions of the people who lived there and contributed to the social and cultural fabric of the area. Many are still living in the Calry area. The following sections provide information on various individuals and families – past and present:


Profiles of Calry residents – past and present

Family trees and family history research

A local history site should also provide information on people going about their daily business and those who provide services to the community such as craftsmen, postmen, farmers, transport operators, and so on. This information is presented under the section People at work. The only exceptions are teachers (covered under School Days) and religious servants (covered under Places of interest/churches).