Tuesday 27 September 2016

Dorothea Findlater (106) to be counted in her 19th census

Barry Lennon

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD with 106 years old Dorothea Findlater (right) and 100 year old Teresa Moran (left) at the launch of Census 2016 at Government Buildings. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD with 106 years old Dorothea Findlater (right) and 100 year old Teresa Moran (left) at the launch of Census 2016 at Government Buildings. Photo: Tom Burke

Dorothea Findlater, aged 106, will be counted in her 19th census when the national survey is held on Sunday, April 24.

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Census night takes place exactly 100 years to the start date of the Easter Rising, which Ms Findlater's family were actively involved in - as part of the British army.

Her father, Captain Henry de Courcy-Wheeler, took surrender of the last garrison of the 1916 rebels led by Michael Mallin and Countess Constance Markievicz, at the Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen's Green.

Her granddaughter, Zanya Dahl, who joined her at the Census 2016 launch yesterday, said Ms Findlater could not remember much of her father's involvement as "it was 100 years ago". However, Ms Dahl could tell her grandmother's secret to reaching such a ripe old age.

"Up until about five years ago she still played a small bit of golf and she enjoys a small tipple from time to time," she said.

Ms Findlater (pictured right with Enda Kenny) was also accompanied by 100-year-old Teresa Moran from Raheny, Dublin. Ms Moran (left) said although she had no memory of the Rising she could remember the Black and Tans when growing up in Dublin.

Householders will get the exact same questionnaire to fill out as the last census in 2011.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) explained it did not have "resources or budget to make big changes" to the €54m project.

An extra category for couples in a same-sex civil partnership under martial status is the only adjustment to the form.

CSO staff will personally deliver forms, available in 24 different languages to all households ahead of the census night. Audio versions are available online, while Braille and large font copies can be provided by staff.

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