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‘We were honoured to be her parents’: The most touching Census time capsule contributions


By Sarah Finnan
31st Aug 2022

@CensusIreland

‘We were honoured to be her parents’: The most touching Census time capsule contributions

The new Census data came out earlier this year, but it's the time capsule section that continues to resonate with people. Ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, it gave people the freedom to add in relevant information that they felt was missing otherwise.

Census night took place earlier this year, with people all around Ireland sitting down to fill in their forms together on Sunday 3 April. A fairly mundane task by all accounts, some might question the importance of it all but the results help to generate a detailed picture of social and living conditions in Ireland. So, it’s really quite helpful. 

As Ross O’Carroll–Kelly put it, “it’s a count  – an account, actually – of everyone in the country at a particular moment in time. It’s, like, a snapshot of our population that provides vital information that will help plan our accommodation, education, health, transport and other needs into the future.” 

You’re also legally obliged to fill it out. 

Comprising 11 household questions and 33 other questions to be completed for up to six individual people present in the household on Census night, this year’s form included the new addition of a time capsule section… which, incidentally, has proven to be extremely popular on social media. 

A blank space at the very end of the form, it essentially left room for people to write anonymous messages that they consider to be of importance. According to the official Census website, the time capsule is “completely voluntary” and it’s “entirely up to you whether you wish to write anything here or not.” 

These messages – which can be anything you want – will be held by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) before they’re transferred along with your Census form to the National Archives to be unsealed in 100 years’ time. 

Some people opted to leave this section blank, preferring not to add anything superfluous. Many others didn’t though and the internet has been awash with some of the best contributions since census night. Ranging from the hilarious to the more melancholy, we’ve rounded up some of the most touching below. 

 

Could someone please pass the tissues? I seem to have something in my eye…