Freeman, T.W. 'The changing distribution of population in Kerry and West Cork'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVI part 5, 1941/1942, pp28-43
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVI part 5 1941/1942
Many of the picturesque
areas in the peninsulas known to tourists have lost forty per cent or
more of their 1891 population. The loss is so striking that a very small
area would remain as a Congested District if re-assessed today on the
same basis as in 1891. In Donegal, approximately half the area congested
in 1891 is still congested to-day.
In this paper the whole of Kerry is considered, with the four rural
districts of West Cork (Bantry, Castletown, Skibbereen and Skull), which
were taken over by the Congested Districts Board in 1909, when the
scope of their work was extended to include part of the richer hinterland
of the poverty-stricken western regions. Geographically, there is no line
of separation between West Cork and Kerry and the whole region gives
a compact area forming the extreme south-west of Ireland south of the
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