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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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THIS village is six miles to the north-east of Wexford, on a small trout stream known as Keating’s River. There are three plantations in the vicinity, at a distance of about a quarter of a mile. The surrounding lands are suitable for tillage and pasture.

Rev. A. Kinsella, C.C.

Margaret Conway, Postmistress

Ml. and Honorah Furlong, teachers National school


Butcher—Owen Leary

Grocers, flour dealers, &c.—Ellen Fortune, Martin Conway, Laurence Kavanagh

Spirit dealers—Ellen Fortune, Pat Fortune


Adams, John, Ballybought

Browne, George, Ballyhoe

Browne, John, Glenbough

Byrne, Michael, Ballyhow

Cash, Moses, Ballinra

Coghlan, Michael, Ballinra

Conway, Arthur, Ballinruane

Cosgrave, Francis, Ballybeg great

Dempsey, Daniel, Killelan

Devereux, Patrick, Galballybeg

Doran, James, Ballyhow middle

Gainfort, Benjamin, Ballinruan

Gainfort, Joseph W., Ballyheigue

Gainfort, William, Ballylemin

Howlin, Thomas, Ballyvaloo upr

Lacy, John, Ballinteggart

Leary, Moses, Ballyheigue

Murphy, Michael, Ballybeg great

Potts, Wm., Ballyhowbeg

Rath, Margaret, Ballybawn

Rath, Richard, Newfort

Ridge, R. T., Movilla

Rowe, John, Ballymore

Siggins, William, Ballinteggart

Sinnott, Oliver, Killahard

White, Mathew, Ballyrouan

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