Coolgreany - 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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IN 1881 the population of Coolgreany was 176. It is now supposed to be over 200. The situation of the village is commanding, and the lands of the district are good for pasture and tillage. Mr. G. F. Brooke, of Celbridge, County Kildare, is the landlord. The houses are slated and in good repair. Fairs are held on the third Monday of each month. Gorey is six miles, English, to the south. Arklow, County Wicklow, four miles to the north-east, is the nearest railway station and market.

Francis Prendergast, Postmaster

James Metge, Dispensary Doctor

Samuel Willis, Sergt. R.I.C.

James & Eliza A. Prendergast, teachers Nat. Schl.


Groceries, Provisions, Spirits, &c.—Bridget Moran, C. Mulligan, M. Murphy, P. O'Rafferty.

Seeds and Manures.—Christopher Mulligan


Beakey, J., Ballykilty

Byrne, J. B., Ballylarkin

Clancy, Mrs., Askinch

Condron, Morgan, Scarnagh

Conway, J., Knockgreaney

Darcy, John, Askinch

Darcy, P., Ballyfad

Doyle, J., Gurteen

Dunne, J., Askinch

Freeman, Miss, Ballyfad

Garvey, J., Monreigh

Garvey, Mrs., Coolgreany

Graham, G., Croghan

Green, Michael, Knockgreaney

Greene, Mrs., Ballyfad

Halle, Henry, Ballylarkin

Higginbotham, R., Ballyfad

Hughes, W. R., Coolgreany demesne

Kavanagh, M., Croghan

Kennedy, J., Askinch

Kelly, J., Ballylarkin

M‘Carthy, P., Askinch

M‘Donald, D., Askinch

Manning, G., Askinch

Moore; W., Knockbawn

Moran, Mrs., Coolgreany

Neill, M., Knockgreany

Reid, W., Coolgreany

Ward, Mrs., Ballylarkin

Wood, John, Scarnagh

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