Churchtown - 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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THE village of Churchtown has, in its normal condition, about sixty residents, a number which is considerably augmented in the summer. It is situated on the sea coast, 13 miles south of Wexford, and is yearly growing in favour as a bathing resort. It is convenient of access to Wexford, as a car runs thrice a week to Ballygeary Railway Station, a distance of 5 miles. The surrounding land is good for pasture and tillage. Lady’s Island Lake and village are a little more than a mile distant. A fowl market is held on Mondays at Lady’s Island, and fairs twice a year. Lord Keane, Castletown House, Mr. R. Nunn, St. Margaret’s, and Messrs. Howlin and Denny, Carna House, are the owners of the handsomest private residences in the neighbourhood. For ruins, there are Clough East Castle, in a state of repair, and the ancient Church of St. Vogh, a building with massive walls and small windows. A moat surrounds the burial place of the Church, which is of considerable size, and in which are buried the remains of shipwrecked persons driven ashore at this point.


Lady’s Island.

The Very Rev. T. Roche, P.P. Rev.

Patrick Furlong, C.C.


Rev. Patrick Foley, Rector


Martin Parle



Mary Dunne, Teacher


Michael Sinnott, Master


Cullen, Laurence, Buncarrig

Kirwan, Matthew, Ballyfane


Nicholas Moran, Ballysheen


Wm. Murphy, Ballyfane


Wm. Murphy, Ballyfane


(Those marked thus (*) are licensed to sell Spirits.)

Golfer, Mrs.

Devereux, R., Ballyfane

Gainfort, Mrs.

Mahon, Mary, Buncarrig

*Murphy, W., Ballyfane


Meyler, John, Ballyfane

Parle, Andrew, Churchtown

White, Nicholas, Ballyfane


Codd, Peter, Buncarrig

Parle, Andrew, Churchtown


(Postal District.)

Barry, James, Ballysheen

Boggan, Nicholas, Cousinstown

Boggan, Thomas, Shilmore

Brennan, James

Burke, Patrick, Ballygarra

Cash, Charles, Shilmore

Code, Captain, Mooretown

Corish, Peter, Rincherane

Crosbie, James, Shilmore

Devereux, Richard, Ballyfane

Everett, Miss Burns, Rectory house

Fortune, Ellen

Fortune, John

Fortune, Robert, Ballask

Furlong, Bart., Ballygarra

Furlong, Thomas, Ring

Furlong, William

Gaul, David, Ballysheen

Hanton, Richard, Ballyfane

Hore, James, Ring

Howlin, A. J., Carne house

Howlin, Nicholas, Nineacre

Kavanagh, Patk., Ballyfane

Keane, Lord, Castletown house

Keating, Bridget, Ballask

Keating, Mary, Ballask

Kirwin, Mathew, Ballyfane

Lambert, Wm., Clougheast castle

Marshall, James, Ring

Meyler, John, Ballyfane

Mitty, Thomas, sen. and jun.

Mitty, Walter, Nethertown

Murphy, Alexander, Chower

Murphy, Edmond, Nethertown

Murphy, James, sen. and jun., Nethertown

Murphy, John

Murphy, Mat., Castletown cottage

Murphy, Mrs., Nethertown

Murphy, Mrs., Pullingtown

Murphy, Mrs., Ring

Murphy, Nicholas, Mooretown

Murphy, Patrick, Hilltown

Murphy, Patrick, Nineacre

Murphy, Patrick, St. Vogh

Murphy, Wm., Ballyfane

Newton, John, Castletown Gate house

Parle, Andrew

Parle, Martin

Roche, James, Ballask

Rossiter, James, Shilburne

Rossiter, Michael

Rowe, Stephen, Barnawheel

Scallan, Daniel, Summertown

Sinnott, Michael, Bunarge

Sinnott, Nicholas, Chower

Thomas, James

Waddy, Mrs., Clougheast castle

Wall, John, Ballyfane

White, Nicholas, Ballyfane

White, Peter, Logensherd

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