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Wexford is part of the province of Leinster on the south-east coast of Ireland. Wexford is named after the City of Wexford which was named by the old Norse word Waesjord, meaning inlet or bay of washed mud flats. The county covers about 909 square miles (2,352 sq km). Its length is 55 miles from the south-west boundary of Arklow (County Wicklow) to Hook Head. Its breadth is 29 miles from Greenore Point to New Ross.

Settlements in Wexford are shown on maps dated in the second century.  The Norse Vikings established the town of Wexford in the ninth or tenth century as a trading settlement.  The Norse were eventually driven out of this area to the area around Rosslare where they gradually were assimilated into the local population.  They were replaced by the steady influx of Normans, Flemish, French and Welsh.  The first Norman invasion was in 1169.  In 1610, there was a small plantation of English settlers in northern part of the county.

Wexford was part of the Confederacy of Irish Catholics who rebelled in 1641 which led to Oliver Cromwell besieging Wexford in 1649. On their surrender, the lands of the chief leaders of the rebellion were confiscated. Many were transported to the West Indies or forced to move west of the Shannon. The confisgated lands were given to those supporting the English Parliament or to Cromwell’s officers and soldiers as payment. Later, many English families were brought to Enniscorthy in 1661 to work at the iron works. In the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishment, the county was a major center. A large army of the United Irishmen took control of Wexford and Enniscorty and controlled the county.

The population was 170,806 in 1821 and grew to 202,033 in 1841. It was affected less by the potato famine than most counties. Its population only decreased to 180,158 in 1851. The population, however, continued to decrease until it was only 95,848 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 131,749. The predominant religion in the county is Roman Catholic. In 1871, 90.7% of the population were Roman Catholic followed by the Church of Ireland at 8.5% with 0.3% each being Presbyterian and Methodists. Overtime there has been a slight increase in the percentage of Roman Catholic to 94.0% in 1926. In 1926, the Church of Ireland decreased to 5.3% with 0.15% and 0.23% being Presbyterian and Methodist, respectively.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Wexford is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Wexford is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union
Adamstown Bantry New Ross
Ambrosetown Bargy Wexford
Ardamine Ballaghkeen Gorey
Ardcandrisk Shelmaliere West Wexford
Ardcavan Shelmaliere East Wexford
Ardcolm Shelmaliere East Wexford
Artramon Shelmaliere East Wexford
Ballingly Shelmaliere West Wexford
Ballyanne Bantry New Ross
Ballybrazil Shelburne New Ross
Ballybrennan Forth Wexford
Ballycanew Gorey Gorey
Ballycarney Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Ballyconnick Bargy Wexford
Ballyhoge Bantry Enniscorthy
Ballyhoge Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Ballyhuskard Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballylannan Shelmaliere West New Ross
Ballymitty Shelmaliere West Wexford
Ballymore Forth Wexford
Ballynaslaney Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballynaslaney Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Ballyvaldon Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballyvalloo Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Bannow Bargy Wexford
Carn Forth Wexford
Carnagh Bantry New Ross
Carnew Gorey Gorey
Carnew Gorey Shillelagh
Carnew Scarawalsh Gorey
Carrick Shelmaliere West Wexford
Castle-ellis Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Chapel Bantry Enniscorthy
Clone Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Clongeen Shelmaliere West New Ross
Clongeen & Horetown Shelmaliere West New Ross
Clonleigh Bantry New Ross
Clonmines Shelburne New Ross
Clonmore Bantry Enniscorthy
Clonmore Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Clonmore Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Coolstuff Shelmaliere West Wexford
Crosspatrick Gorey Gorey
Donaghmore Ballaghkeen Gorey
Donaghmore Gorey Gorey
Donaghmore Upper Talbotstown Baltinglass
Doonooney Bantry Wexford
Drinagh Forth Wexford
Duncormick Bargy Wexford
Edermine Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ferns Gorey Enniscorthy
Ferns Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Ferns Scarawalsh Gorey
Shelburne New Ross
Shelburne New Ross
Shelmaliere West New Ross
Gorey Gorey
Shelmaliere West New Ross
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Gorey
Shelmaliere West Wexford
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Bargy New Ross
Bargy Wexford
Gorey Gorey
Scarawalsh Gorey
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Enniscorthy
Bargy Wexford
Bargy Wexford
Bantry Enniscorthy
Forth Wexford
Shelmaliere West New Ross
Gorey Gorey
Bargy Wexford
Bantry Enniscorthy
Bantry Enniscorthy
Bantry Mountmellick
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Shelburne New Ross
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Shelmaliere West Wexford
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Gorey
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Bargy Wexford
Bargy Wexford
Shelburne New Ross
Bargy Wexford
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Gorey
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Gorey
Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Shelmaliere East Wexford
Gorey Gorey
Forth Wexford
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Bantry New Ross
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Gorey
Bargy Wexford
Forth Wexford
Gorey Gorey
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Ballaghkeen Gorey
Gorey Gorey
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Shillelagh
Ballinacor South Shillelagh
Bargy Wexford
Bantry New Ross
Shelmaliere West New Ross
Bantry New Ross
Shelburne New Ross
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Shelburne New Ross
Bantry Enniscorthy
Forth Wexford
Gorey Gorey
Ballaghkeen Wexford
Shelmaliere East Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Shelburne New Ross
Shelburne New Ross
Bantry Enniscorthy
Forth Wexford
Ballaghkeen Wexford
Forth Wexford
Shelmaliere East Wexford
Bantry New Ross
Forth Wexford
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Bantry New Ross
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Forth Wexford
Bargy Wexford
Shelmaliere West New Ross
Shelmaliere West Wexford
Shelburne New Ross
Bantry New Ross
Bantry Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Shelburne New Ross
Shelmaliere East Wexford
Shelburne New Ross
Bargy Wexford
Gorey Gorey
Scarawalsh Gorey
Bantry New Ross
Shelburne New Ross
Bantry Wexford
Shelmaliere West Wexford

Web Sites

To view a list of Wexford web sites, visit FHLFavorites.info for some great sites.



 

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