All this group are deemed to be more or less town or a#39;urban people and constituted 23.2% of the national sample, one per cent above the whole agricultural class. The Clare ... Quite a proportion were manual labourers living either in rural villages or in the open countryside. ... In contrast, the merchant class include all wholesalers, factory owners, shippers and apothecariesa#39;. ... Students comprise the final category a 20 (2.2%) for County Clare and 138 (1.6% ) for the country as a whole.