Irish Directories



For those areas and classes which they cover, Irish directories are an excellent resource, often supplying information not readily available elsewhere. Their most obvious and practical use is to find out where precisely, in the larger towns, a family lived, but for members of the gentry, and the professional, merchant and trading classes, they can show much more, providing indirect evidence of reversals of fortune or growing prosperity, of death and emigration. In many cases, directory entries are the only precise indication of occupation. The only classes totally excluded from all directories are, once again, the most disadvantaged, small tenant farmers, landless laborers and servants. Virtually all classes other than these are at least partly included. This file categorizes the Irish directories into:

In each category are included the dates, locations, and information concerning the directories, followed, in the first two categories, by a chronological checklist. *


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