Ballywilliam - Wexford Guide and Directory, 1885

About “Wexford County Guide and Directory,” 1885

George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. This online version of Bassett’s Wexford County Guide and Directory is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
  2. The text has been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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AT present the chief interest attaching to Ballywilliam arises from the fact that it is the New Ross connecting point for the Great Southern and Western Railway to Dublin, via Borris and Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow; to Dublin by the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway; and to Wexford by the same line. It is five miles from New Ross, in the Barony of Bantry, and the lands of the surrounding country are good for tillage.



Rev. John Walsh, P.P.

Rev. John Druhan, C.C.



Rev. David H, Scott, Rector


Michael Doran


Dr. Stock


Thomas Corrigan, sergeant



Peter Byrne, Master


John Boland.

Michael Doyle.


(Marked thus * sell spirits.)

*Joseph Brown

Michael Doran

*Johanna Boland

SMITHS (Forges).

Rd. Carney, Jere. Boland


Bailey, Patrick, Ballywilliam, s

Breen, James, Ballygalvert

Brennan, John, Ballinvegga

Brennan, John, Currawn

Brennan, Patrick, Ballinvega

Brett, John, Boherstooka

Browne, Mary, Ballywilliam

Byrne, Anastasia, Templeudigan

Delaney, William, Ballyleigh

Devereux, Martin, Ballygalvert

Doyle, Andrew, Currawn

Doyle, J., Ballinabanogue

Doyle, James, Ballygalvert

Dunne, Mrs., Ballintober

Dunne, Thomas, Mackmurroughs

Furlong, Patrick, Clonleigh

Furlong, Philip, Ballygalvert

Furlong, Winifred, Bantry CoM.

Furlong, Patrick, Rathgarogue

Gaffney, Adam, Ballygalvert

Gaffney, Laurence, Ballygalvert

Higgins, Michael, Ballyleigh

Kavanagh, Ed., Ballygalvert

Kavanagh, Luke, Ballywilliam

Kavanagh, Pk., Ballinacoola

Keating, John, Ballygalvert

Keating, John, Ballywilliam

Keeffe, Laughlin, Ballywilliam

Keefe, Patrick, Ballinaberna

Kehoe, William, Ballintober

Murphy, Arthur, Ballinvegga

Murphy, David, Ballybanogue

Murphy, John, Ballinaberna

Murphy, Mathew, Ballygalvert

Murray, Ellen, Ballinaberna

Murray, Philip, Ballycoher

Murphy, Richard, Templeudigan

Murray, Thomas, Ballygalvert

Murphy, Mrs., Bolacoheer

Murphy, Ths., Bolacoheer

Power, Edward, Ballinvegga

Prendergast, Nich., Ballygalvert

Redmond, M., Ballinabanogue

Redmond, Moses, Ballintober

Rickerby, James, Templeudigan

Ryan, Henry, Clonleigh

Summers, Stephen, Ballygalvert

Thorpe, David, Knockroe

Whitty, Marks, Ballintober

Williams, James, Mount Hanover

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