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The Irish Statistical Survey was carried out under the direction of the Royal Dublin Society. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy'. In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. Because these studies were carried out under central direction the quality of the information provided is good, and given their early date, they remain an invaluable source for the study of each county. They record many details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the Irish language and local customs.
The Statistical Survey of the County of Tyrone was published in 1802. In more than three hundred pages the Survey describes many of the aspects of Tyrone's agricultural economy and as such many aspects of daily life in pre-Famine Tyrone are recorded. An appendix of almost one hundred pages deals exclusively with the state of the Mountjoy estate. McEvoy is quite complimentary to Lord Mountjoy on his planned efforts to improve the conditions of the estate and of those living on it.
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