Drinagh - 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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AMONG the charming drives in the vicinity of Wexford, that which leads past Drinagh deserves to rank. Drinagh is the famous limestone region of the county, and is a little more than two miles from Wexford. Many quarries have been worked out, leaving holes, which are now full of water, and but for mounds of rubbish, would not be easily identified, so closely do they resemble natural ponds. The houses in the district of Drinagh are scattered, and barely suggest the nucleus of a village in the neighbourhood of the post office.


James Scallan (and grocer)


Cooper and Co.


Moses Rocheford


Boxwell, Frank, Kerlogue

Charlton, Wm., Felthouse

Codd, John, Coolballow

Codd, Francis, Pollbrane

Cooper, Harry J.

Cooper, John R., Birchgrove

Cullen, Thomas, Sinnottstown

Devereux, Thomas, Blackhorse

Furlong, Mrs.

Harpur, Thomas, Levitstown

Hogan, Michael, Jacketstown

Hutchinson, William, Kerlogue

Hutchinson, Wm., Sinnottstown

Kelly, Richard, Rowestown

Mayler, Patrick, Rocksborough

Newenham, Thos., Summerseat

Newport, Richard, Jacketstown

Scallan, James

Stafford, Michael, Sinnottstown

Thomas, John, Sheepwalk

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