Oulart - 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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OULART is nine miles to the east of Enniscorthy, its nearest railway station. It is in the Barony of Ballaghkeen, and ccupies the eastern slope of Oulart hill. Population about 100, mostly farmers. The vicinity is historical, from the fact that the first shot of the Rebellion of ’98 was fired here. The rebels were attacked in their camp by a detachment of the North Cork Militia, with the result that the lieutenant and three privates of the latter only escaped. There are ruins of a church at Meelnagh, a mile and a-half from the village. On Tuesday of every week there is a foul market, and four fairs during the year.

Rev. P. Kenny, P.P.

Rev. F. Corish, C.C.

Rev. C. E. Morrow, Rector (I.C.)

Moses Murphy, Postmaster

S. G. Lee, Petty Sessions Clerk. Court held third Tuesday of each month

Sam Wade, C.B.O.

Dr. J. A. Ryan, Medical Officer Dispensary and Fever Hospital.

Jerome Murphy, R.O.

Sergeant John Walsh, R.I.C.

Mr. Byrne, Master Nat. School

B. Murphy, Mistress Nat. School


Grocers—J. Kelly, M. Murphy, Mrs. Quinsey, L. Smyth, Edwd. Stephens

Spirit Dealers—J. Kelly, M. Murphy


Bennett, Arnold, Ballinahoun

Bolger, J., Raheenaskeagh upper

Bolton, William, Island

Bourke, Mrs.

Brien, Peter, Monawilling upper

Byrne, Michael, Raheen

Cassidy, John, Raheen

Connolly, Edward, Ballytarsna

Cooney, H., Kilnamanagh upper

Cooney, Myles, Raheenduff

Dempsey, John, Ballinerode

Dempsey, Moses, Monawilling

Devereux, E., Raheenduff

Devereux, John, Raheenduff

Doran, Miles, Ballinvack

Doyle, Felix, Raheenaskeagh lr

Earl, Robert, Ballynahoun

Fitzgerald, Garret, Knockskemolin

Foxton, John, Glenranny

Foxton, Thomas, Dranagh

Hayden, Wm., Monawilling up.

James, Edward, Ballynahoun

Kavanagh, Michael, Glenranny

Kelly, Peter, Raheenaskeagh up

Kinsella, Owen, Monawilling

Lee, John, Kyle

Lindon, James, Killagowan

Mithen, J., Monawilling lr

Mitten, L., Tubberlamina

Murphy, M., Garrybran

Meythen, P., Raheenduff

O’Neill, John, Moneyboe

Philips, John, Garrybran

Prendergast, L., Glenagark

Rath, John, Raheenduff

Rice, Michael, Ballinerode

Rynhart, Thomas, Glenagark

Stamp, John, Oulart

Stephens, Edward, Oulart

Sutton, Simon, Ballytarsna

Turner, John, Oulartwickbeg

Walsh, George, Island

Walsh, J., Raheenskeagh

Webster, Robert, Raheen

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