Clonroche - 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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FORMERLY called Stonepound, is 8 miles from Enniscorthy and 12 from New Ross. The nearest railway station is Chapel, 2 miles, on the Ballywilliam Line. It is on the Boro river, on rising ground, and has plantations in the immediate vicinity. Killegney old Church is distant about one mile and a-quarter. There is a fowl market on Tuesdays. The population in 1881 was 142.

Rev. John Cleary, P.P.

Rev. Thomas Staples, C.C.

Rev. John Macbeth, D.D., Rector, Killegney and Rossdroit

James Tector, Postmaster & Petty Sessions clerk. Court held first Friday in each month

James Mulrooney, C.B.O.

Frederick Stock, dispensary doctor

Patrick M‘Hugh, sergt. R.I.C.

James Lambert, master, National school

Margt. Kerwin, mistress, National school


A. Brown, E. Dowling


(Marked thus * sell spirits.)

*J. Cullen, E. Dowling

*M. O’Brien, R. Tector


Breen, John, Tomanearly

Bolger, James, Rathturtin

Brett, W., Courtnacuddy

Carew, Lord, Castleboro

Cassin, Mark J., Ballymackessy

Coady, Garret, Raheen

Codd, J., Ballygilliestown

Condon, Patk., Courtnacuddy

Connock, Patrick, Knockstown

Cooke, William, Poulpeasty

Cullen, John, Tomanearly

Cullen, Ml., Knockstown

Cullen, Nicholas, Killegney

Cullin, John, Clonroche

Cullin, Moses, Knockstown

Devereux, Pk., Courtnacuddy

Doogan, Thomas, Dranagh

Doyle, James, Killegney

Doyle, John, Poulpeasty

Dunne, John, Ballyboro

Edward, John E., Poulpeasty

Fairweather, John, Tomfarney

Flood, Luke B., Rossdroit

Furlong, James, Rathturtin

Gorman, Henry, Coolroe

Hannan, William, Coolnacon

Henrick, John, Poulpeasty

Hore, Edward, Raheen

Keating, James, Raheen

Kehoe, Patrick, Ballyboro

Kehoe, Peter, Killegney

Kendrick, William, Poulpeasty

Keogh, John, Tomfarney

M‘Grath, J., Tomanearly

Macquillan, James, Ballyedon

Maguire, John

Meyler, Martin, Raheen

Murphy, James, Chapel

Murphy, James, Moneytucker

Murphy, Martin, Chapel

Murphy, Michael, Knockstown

Murray, Denis, Coolnacon

Neill, Michael, Ballygillestown

Nolan, Michael, Coolought

O’Neill, H. H.

Parle, Patrick, Poulpeasty

Redmond, James, Forrestalstown

Redmond, Michael, Knockstown

Robinson, Eusebius

Roche, Thomas, Coolroe

Sinnott, John, Ballygilliestown

Stafford, Robert, Moneytucker

Sweetman, L., Ballymackesy

Tobin, Peter, Tomanearly

Walsh, James, Tomfarney

Whelan, Moses, Rathturtin

Whitty, P., Knockredmond

Wickham, James, Forestwood

Wickham, Moses, Forestwood

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