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Population Changes in Portumna 1841-2002

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Screen Shot of the Irish Population Change Atlas

The Famine of 1846-50 determined the course of Irish history even to this day, and reduced the population dramatically through starvation, disease and emigration. In terms of death by famine alone, the biggest losses were in Galway and Clare. The National Centre for Geocomputation’s (NCG) Online Atlas Portal is an absolute goldmine of information on 160 years of population data mapping changes across the decades. The data used in the Atlas is from 16 censuses, taken in both the Republic and the North of Ireland between 1841 and 2002.

It is incredible to learn that almost 6,000 people lived in Portumna in 1841! Between 1841 and 1851, Portumna suffered a massive 30.6% loss of population, and in the years after the Famine, another 29%. The population has never recovered and steadily declined ever since except for the period after 1971 when it has risen slightly. The surrounding parishes of Meelick, Tieranascragh and Tynagh suffered even greater declines of over 40%. The parishes of Killimor and Meelick are today 10% of their 1841 populations!

Total Population 
Names 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1926 1936 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2002
EYRECOURT 2521 1670 1520 1120 1018 738 670 625 518 546 590 586 580 565 552 532
KILLIMOR 2779 2096 1459 660 623 604 812 829 847 850 759 687 745 754 379 321
MEELICK 2096 1172 894 833 745 570 484 441 434 410 391 336 311 273 258 231
PORTUMNA 5887 4083 2892 2626 2660 2270 2082 1998 1841 1851 1721 1618 1669 1889 1883 1920
TIERNASCRAGH 968 577 444 338 321 251 228 242 354 296 297 262 255 210 181 164
TYNAGH 2308 1329 833 801 750 685 550 512 546 568 510 425 452 476 409 369
WOODFORD 2046 1452 1266 1207 1147 1068 870 749 670 620 499 9 411 452 441 479
 All maps produced in this Irish Famine Population Change Atlas are produced under the National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG) mapping license: Ordnance Survey Ireland Licence Number EN. 0072711 © Ordnance Survey Ireland / Government of Ireland