Life on the island had changed enormously between 1901 and 1911. In 1901, it was a quiet place. Thomas was living alone on the island with his mother Bridget aged 72. Within the space of 10 years Thomas buried his mother, married Margaret and had 5 children.
The House and Building Return tells us that Thomas and his family and Bernard Donnelly live in the only house on the island. It is built of stone with a thatch roof. There are 3 windows to the front of the house and 3 rooms in the house. There is one distinct family living in the house. The house is judged to be a second class house. There are 4 farm buildings adjacent to the house, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery and a barn.
Read the story of Patrick Brennan, Clawinch my great great grandfather here
Brennan Clawinch Island, Co. Longford