Curracloe - 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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SEVEN miles north-east of Wexford, in the Barony of Shelmaliere East, is the small village of Curracloe. The lands of the district are good for tillage and pasture; and the houses, the majority thatched, are in fair repair. A striking evidence of the rapacious appetite of the sea is shown at Curracloe. A bed of peat runs under water, at a depth of from six to eighteen feet, for a considerable distance from the shore.

Mary Redmond, Postmistress

A. A. Breen, mistress, Nat. School


Grocers, &c.—Mary Redmond, Bridget Roche, Thomas Scallan (and spirits)

Spirit dealer—Michael Redmond


Brien, Moses, Kilmacoe

Cloke, Nicholas, Ballynacoolamore

Cloke, Patrick, Ballinamurragh

Clooney, James, Ballinacoolabeg

Fortune, Nicholas, Ballinacoolabeg

Keating, John, Ballinablake

Murphy, E., Ballinacoolamore

Murphy, James, Curracloe

Murphy, J., Ballynacooleymore

Murphy, John, Coolrainey

Murphy, J., jun., Curracloe

Murphy, Joseph, Ballinamurrigh

Murphy, Patrick, Ballinacoolamore

Murphy, Patrick, Barnahask

O’Neill, William, Kilmacoe

O’Neill. Wm. J., Kilmacoe lodge

Rowe, J., Seaview Cottage

Scallan, John, Coolrainey

Scallan, Nicholas, Ballyneskar

Sinnott, Nicholas, Curracloe

Sinnott, Sylvester, Barnahask

Toole, Wm. J., Curracloe house

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