New Ross Boat Club, etc. - 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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NOT many of the Irish rivers are as well adapted fo aquatic exercises as the Barrow at New Ross. About five years ago the Boat Club was established, and a house and slip built near the bridge at Rosbercon. The entrance fee is ten shillings, and the annual subscription one pound. One hundred and forty members are in good standing and the greater part of them actively engage in keeping up the interest which it develops. An annual regatta occurs in August, and it is usual for the townspeople to contribute liberally towards the purchase of the prizes offered for competition. The club owns thirty boats, and several of the members have yachts and other pleasure craft of their own. Dr. Rossiter, Mr. Elly Graves, and Mr. Arthur B. Cherry, have fast sailing yachts.

The Barrow and Ballynaboola stream afford good sport for anglers. Full information on this subject can be obtained by communicating with the hotel proprietors.

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