Killanerin - 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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KILLANERIN has about 60 inhabitants, and its district is very good for pasture and tillage. It is on the Bann river, four miles English from Gorey, well built, and surrounded by hills. Limbrick old castle, at present in the process of restoration, is a quarter of a mile from the village, on the property of Sir Thomas Esmonde and Mr. Henry Quinn. There is a fowl market at Killanerin weekly, on Tuesday.

Rev. William O’Neill, P.P.

Rev. N. Roche, C.C.

Miss M‘Donald, Postmistress

Dr. Metge, Dispensary M.O.

James O’Keeffe, Sergeant R.I.C.

Thomas and Mrs. O’Kennedy, teachers National School


Bootmaker—Peter Loughlin

Carpenters—M. Kinsella, James Murphy

Grocers—Miss M‘Donald, Mrs. Boland, Peter Loughlin

Millers—Patrick Redmond, Rchd. Kinsella

[See Gorey Alphabetical and Inch Farmers, &c ]

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