Sunday, 18 August 2013

Irish dog license records on FindmyPast Ireland

FindmyPast Ireland ( has released a new collection entitled Ireland Dog Licence Registers. From the search page at

The annual dog licence (tax) entered into Irish law in 1865 and 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.

Information available in the registers:
  • Owner’s (licencee) name
  • Owner's address
  • Owner's county
  • Year of Licence
  • Court
  • Dog breed
  • Dog Sex
  • Dog colour

The company has 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.


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