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Ireland Dog Licence Registers

The annual dog licence (tax) entered into Irish law in 1865 and was first collected in 1866. Licences cost two shillings per dog, and an additional administration fee of 6d was charged. The licences were purchased at the same courts that held the Petty Sessions.

In the first year 353,798 dog licences were purchased generating over £35,000 in revenue. Subsequent years saw an average of 250,000 licences purchased.

Findmypast has digitised all of the available registers and will be putting them online throughout 2013.

What information is available in the Dog Licence Registers?

The details included in the dog licence entry are similar to those found on modern dog licences

Owner’s (licencee) name
Owner's address
Owner's county
Year of Licence
Court

Dog breed
Dog Sex
Dog colour

We have transcribed the name, address and county of the dog-owner (transcribed fields are searchable). The dog’s breed, colour and sex can be seen in the images of the original registers.

Over the course of the decades covered by these records millions of dogs were licenced, providing a promising avenue for Irish family historians in search of their late nineteenth and early twentieth century forebearers.

What's on site now?

There are currently over 500,000 records available, millions more will be added over the course of the coming months

County of CourtCourtYear Coverage
CLAREKILKEE1877-1912
CLAREKILRUSH1866-1913
CORKRATHCORMACK1866-1913
DONEGALMILFORD1866-67
DONEGALRATHMULLEN1866-1913
DUBLINBALBRIGGAN1873-84, 1887, 1898-99
DUBLINDRUMCONDRA1866-93, 1903-13
DUBLINLUCAN1867-90, 1895-1913
GALWAYCLEGGAN1902-13
GALWAYCLIFDEN1866-74
KERRYTARBERT1901-12
KILKENNYGRACES OLDCASTLE1866-1913
KILKENNYKILKENNY1886-1906
KILKENNYSTONEYFORD1899-1905
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)BALLYBRITTAS1866-1913
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)MARYBOROUGH1881, 1885-1913
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)MOUNTRATH1866-87, 1903-13
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)PORTARLINGTON1868-95
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)STRADBALLY1866-71, 1874-1913
LAOIS (QUEEN'S)TIMAHOE1866-86
LIMERICKASKEATON1909-13
LIMERICKBALLINGARRY1866-1913
LIMERICKCROOM1866-1913
LIMERICKPALLASKENRY1866-1913
LIMERICKRATHKEALE1902-13
LOUTHARDEE1866-1907
MAYOBALLINA1866-74
MAYOLOWPARK1866-1905
ROSCOMMONBALLYFORAN1866-1913
ROSCOMMONBRIDESWELL1866-96
ROSCOMMONCOOLDERRY1866-1913
ROSCOMMONROSCOMMON1882-1913
ROSCOMMONBOYLE1897-1913
ROSCOMMONCOOTEHALL1866-1913
ROSCOMMONCROGHAN1866-1906
ROSCOMMONLECARROW1866-96
TIPPERARYROSCREA1883-1913
TIPPERARYTEMPLEMORE1881-1913
WICKLOWRATHDRUM1866-83