The returns from the 1901 Census of Drumkeeran indicate that the town consisted of
five streets; Main St, Market St, Church St, Chapel St and Back St. The returns give
the names and the occupations of those who resided on those streets on the night
of the census, 31st March 1901.
The total population of the town on the night of the census was 273. This number
includes everybody who was resident in the town that night, including servants, visitors,
Looking through the list of occupations as recorded in the returns we get a very
interesting insight into the social and business life of the town at the beginning
of the 20th century.
Looking at people’s occupations we see that the biggest group with a total of 30
is that of "servant". Included under that term are those who are recorded as "labourer",
but not included are those who were recorded as "shop assistant" etc. The large number
of servants recorded for Main St and Chapel St is explained by the fact that many
shopkeepers hired a servant to help in the household tasks. All of these servants
were resident in the houses where they worked.
The next group is that of "shopkeeper", numbering 15, but if we include those who
described themselves as "merchant", the number rises to 18.
"Farmer" is next, numbering 14. This number includes both those who owned farms of
land and those were are recorded as farm labourers.
There are a number of unusual occupations:
Allan Nixon (54), the post master who lived on Main St, was also the Clerk of Petty
Joseph Gallagher (30), who lived with Terence Kelly on Market St, was recorded as
a “photographic artist”.
Francis McNamarah, a lodger with Mary Flynn on Chapel St, was described as an “umbrella
Using the following the links below visitors can read a more full list of names and
occupations for each street. Ages are shown in brackets and the spellings of names
are as they appear on the census returns.