Over 3.6 million records have been added to our collection of Irish Dog Licence registers. Dog licences were introduced in Ireland in 1865 to make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of troublemaking dogs that either worried sheep or damaged property. It cost two shillings per dog, plus sixpence in administration costs. The licences were issued in the same courts that held the Petty Sessions.

Now containing over 6 million records, the Irish Dog Licences list not only the name, breed, colour and sex of your ancestor’s four legged friend, but also the owner’s address and the date the licence was issued, making them a valuable census substitute.