Kilrane - 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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ROSSLARE Station, on the railway, between Wexford and Ballygeary, is a quarter of a mile from Kilrane. Wexford is nine miles distant by road. The village is on flat ground, in a good farming district, and consists of fourteen houses, four of which are slated, and the rest thatched. There is neither fair nor market.


Rev. Thos. Cloney, P. P., Tagoat

Rev. B. J. Ennis, C.C., Kilrane


William Murphy


Margaret Kehoe, Mistress


James Pitt


Thomas Neill


William Murphy


Edmond Fortune


John Pitt


(Postal District.)

Armstrong, F.C.,(B.L.), Ballygeary house

Day, Nicholas, Ballygeary

Fortune, Nicholas, Tenacre

Furlong, James, Hayesland

Furlong, John, Churchtown

Furlong, Thomas, Ballyadragh

Furlong, William, Hayesland

Howlin, James, J.P., Ballycronigan

Lambert, Stephen, Killelane

Murphy, James, Ballygeary

Murphy, Martin, Hayesland

Murphy, Patrick, Newhouses

Parle, John, Ballyreilly

Roche, Arthur, Kilvane

Sandwith, Capt., Ballaline Castle

Sandwith, Col., St. Helens

Stafford, Luke, Ballyhote

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