Ireland’s census is collecting time capsules to be opened in 100 years

“People in a hundred years will not only see the message, but the actual handwriting of the people who wrote it, which is such an intimate detail,” she said. “The next census in 2027 will mostly be online, but based on the reaction we’ve got this time, we’ll definitely have to keep something similar in the future. We may be able to use new technologies to enable people to to give it that personal touch. “

Amy Dutil-Wall, a native of Michigan who emigrated to Ireland 12 years ago, was one of many respondents who used their time capsule to remember relatives who were away the night of the census or who had died and would not officially be spoken. She also posted her capsule on Twitter:

“Tonight, when we count them in our house and our family, we think so much of our beloved little girl, Estlin Luna. She was tragically taken from us 5 years ago, just before her 4th birthday, in a car accident. Estlin was our firstborn child and the love of our lives. She was never counted in a census, which is why we are so relieved to be able to mention her here. She was beautiful, creative, funny, so smart and smart and confident beyond her years. We were honored to be her parents and still honored to care for her for the rest of our lives. Estlin Luna, we carry you in our hearts – love always, mom, dad, Mannix & Lucie. “

Mrs. Dutil-Wall later said in an interview: “By filling out that part of the form to name the people in the house, it seemed so clear that Estlin should be there too, but she was not. The time capsule let us say how much we loved her and missed her, and it was great to have even that little little thing that people in the future can look back on. “

Mrs Dutil-Wall’s post quickly gained more than 40,000 likes. A woman in her 60s responded by saying that her own first child had been born out of wedlock, and was taken from her for adoption, who had broken her heart. They later found each other again, she wrote, and loved each other dearly.

David Hayden, a Dublin father of two, wrote: “2022 is a worrying time. We have hopefully left Covid, but it took my youngest sister Alison in 2020. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is our biggest concern. The prospect of world war is very real . “

He hoped that his daughters’ grandchildren would read the time capsule in “happier and more peaceful times … We do not own this planet, we only take care of it for future generations, so take care of it !!! PS Our children laugh.”

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