A new statistical picture of life in Ireland in 1916 shows just how much can change in a century. CSO’s ‘Life in 1916 Ireland’ research crunches the numbers on the centenary of Easter Rising and have compiled the most interesting data into a handy infographic.
“Things were very poor back then so poverty jumps out at you, the lack of variety. From some simple things like names, people felt they could only use certain names for their babies,” explained Helen Cahill, the lead statistician on the project. “We have average prices of groceries that people bought. There was very little variety in food.” “The infant mortality rates were just phenomenally high and in Dublin in particular they were sky high,” explained Ms Cahill.
As one of the most influential areas during the Easter Rising, we have set up a page for Dublin 8 during 1916. The page contains stories from a century ago as well as commemoration events happening throughout 2016. See the page here.