In order to bridge the gap between the census of 1926 and the census which it was intended to take in 1941, a census of more limited scope (e.g., omitting questions regarding occupation and industry) was taken in 1937. The returns were made as at midnight of 28th February – 1st March, 1937, and a Preliminary Report, containing population and other tables, was issued in July of that year.

It was intended to publish in 1939 a General Report for the whole of Northern
Ireland, containing statistical notes on the recorded results, together with tables
covering, in more detail, the figures given in the County volumes. Most of the
tables were duly prepared, but the remainder of the work had to be postponed
indefinitely owing to the outbreak of war. Further, the present paper shortage
renders the immediate production of a lengthy volume undesirable.

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