Oylgate - 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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PURSUING the charming road from Enniscorthy by the Dane’s Castle at Brownswood, the village of Oylgate is reached at a distance of six miles. A majority of its residents are salmon fishers of the Slaney. The nearest railway station is Macmine, one mile. There has lately been built a row of ornamental houses by Sir J. T. Power, Bart. The houses generally are in good repair. A fowl market is held weekly, on Thursday. Population, 123.

Rev. Michael Cosgrave, P.P.

Rev. Thomas Meehan, C.C.

Rev. Frederick Thompson, Rector I.C., Edermine and Ballyhuskard

Rev. Mr. Burnett, Curate

Eliza Murphy, Postmistress

Thomas Kelly, Dispensary doctor

Martin Keating, R.O.

James Lonergan, sergt., R.I.C.

John Fogarty, master, National school

Mary Murphy, mistress, National school


E. Murphy, M. Whelan


P. Kelly, H. Whitty


Barlow, Walter, Ballylucas

Barry, John, Coolamain

Bolger, John, The Oyle

Brien, John, Coolakip

Brien, Joseph, Coolamane

Carroll, John, Coolnickbeg

Cleary, Thomas, Ballyroe

Clooney, Ellen, Ryane

Codd, Michael, Coolamain

Connors, Michael, Tinnehask

Cosgrave, William, Ballysilla

Crowley, Michael, Coolamain

Culleton, John, Ballinaslaney

Doran, Peter, Craanroe

Doyle, Elizabeth, Ballincarrig

Doyle, John, Ballyroe

Doyle, Mathew, Coolamain

Doyle, Nicholas, Coolamain

Furlong, Eliza, Jamestown

Furlong, John, Jamestown

Gordon, Thomas, Ballysillagh

Grannell, Patrick, Monavoduagh

Hayes, Thomas, Coolamain

Kehoe, Michael, Whitefort

Kehoe, Patrick, Jamestown

Kelly, E., The Mill, Edermine

Kelly, Mary, Jamestown

Keogh, Owen, Ballybanogue

Lambert, Patrick, Ballyrannell

Leary, Henry, Ballinaslaney

M‘Donald, John, Martingale

M‘Donald, Randall, Tinnehask

Maher, M. A. (J.P.), Ballinkeele

Murphy, Eliza, The Oyle

Murphy, John, Roperstown

Murphy, Walter, Knockduff

Murphy, William, Riverview

Nolan, Nicholas, Coolnaboy

Parker, George, Tincoon

Parker, James, Coolamain

Power, Sir John Talbot, Edermine

Quinlan, David, Coolamain

Roche, John, Ballylucas

Ryan, Kate, Ballyvake

Ryan, Patrick, Coolnaboy

Sinnott, James, Munroe

Stafford, James, Coolakip

Sutton, Catherine, Tomalane

Sutton, Francis, Tomalane

Whitty, H., Ballinaslaney

Whitty, William, Pouldarrig

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