Clonegal - 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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CLONEGAL occupies a picturesque valley on the border of Wexford and Carlow, three miles to the north-west of Newtownbarry. Its nearest railway station is Shillelagh, seven miles English. It is twelve miles from Enniscorthy, and fifteen from Gorey. The lands surrounding it are good for pasture and tillage.

Rev. Daniel Maher, P.P.

Rev. J. Dowling, C.C.

Rev. M. Hanrick, C.C.

Rev. J. M. Ffrench, Rector I.C.

Timothy Byrne, Postmaster

G. P. Rogers, Dispensary Doctor

Constable Walker, R.I.C.

T. Byrne, master Nat. School

M. Nolan, mistress, Nat. School

Robt. Rathwell, master Prot. Schl.


Auctioneer—T. Pierce

Bakers—T. Dunne, J. Finn

Grocers—D. Donhoe, T. Dunne, J. Finn, J. Quigley, H. Ryan


D. Donohoe, J. Finn, H. Ryan


Barnes, John, Park

Black, George, Corragh

Burgess, Mrs., Ballinastraw

Byrne, James, Coolmelagh

Byrne, T., Johnstown

Deacon, John, Drumderry

Dempsey, Daniel, Corragh

De Rinzy, Mrs., Johnstown

Donnolly, Patrick, Abbeydown

Doyle, James, Ballyshonock

Doyle, John, Corragh

Doyle, Laurence, Ballinastraw

Doyle, Moses, Ballinistraw

Doyle, Myles, Abbeydown

Durdin, A., Huntingdon Castle

Hopkins, Wm., Garryhasten

Kehoe, James, Drumderry

Kennedy, John, Prospect

Kennedy, Patrick, Garryhasten

Kennedy, Wm., Abbeydown

Kenny, Hugh

Keogh, John, Corragh

Keogh, Peter, Corragh

Molloy, James, Corragh

Nolan, Michael, Abbeydown

Nolan, Patrick, Johnstown

Rathwell, Samuel, Coonagh

Redmond, P., Garryhasten

Reid, Richard, Donishall

Roche, Thomas, Corragh

Walker, Thomas, Drumderry

Young, Francis, Drumderry

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