Oldest Ireland census goes online

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The earliest surviving complete census of all of Ireland is now available at the click of a mouse.

More than 4.5 million records made by 850,000 households on census night in 1901 have been put online for the public to access.

The census provides personal details including religion, profession, and if the person spoke Irish or English.

It was launched on Thursday by the Republic's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin.

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