Kilmore - 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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THAT part of Kilmore which stretches to within a distance of seven and a-half miles, Irish, from Wexford, the natives distinguish by the addition of the word upper. It is known to the postal authorities simply as Kilmore. Summer visitors to Kilmore Quay, two miles and a-half, Irish, distant, find good accommodation in the trim white cottages of the upper village. A Catholic Church, with dome-shaped tower, for many years was the place of worship for the residents of the district, down to the coast. Now Kilmore Quay has a Catholic Church of its own, a handsome structure, with a presbytery in which the curate resides. The Parish Priest continues to live in the upper village. Potatoes and barley are the chief crops of the vicinity.


Rev. F. O’Gorman, P.P.


Nicholas Blake


Bolger, Martha

Harpur, John


William Cahill


Frank Cousins


Blake, Mrs.

Ronan, Mrs.


Nicholas Hayes


John Roche


Bartholomew Power


John Molloy


(Postal District).

Allen, Rev. Joseph, Racardstown

Barry, John, Bastardstown

Boxwell, William, Sarshill

Boyle, Nicholas, Ballyhealy, s

Codd, Nicholas, Gallagh

Codd, Patrick, Ringbawn

Furlong, Patrick, Bastardstown

Harper, Walter, Ballygrangans

Howlin, James, Grange

Howlin, John, jun., Grange

Jordan, Moses, Hill

Joyce, Thomas, Ballyask

Kenselah, Thomas, Sarshill

Kinsella, Richard, Sarshill

Laffan, John, Moortown, great

Lambert, John, Ballask

Lambert, Patrick, Ballask

Moran, James, Racardstown

Murphy, William, Chapel

Parle, Francis, Clongaddy

Parle, Peter, Ballyhealy

Pierce, Andrew, Ballyseskin

Pierce, James, Gallagh

Pierce, Jasper, Bastardstown

Roche, William, Moortown, great

Rashford, James, Racardstown

Rossiter, Walter, Chapel

Whelan, Stephen, Grange

White, James, Hill

White, William, Ballycleary

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