The 200,000 records in Byrne’s Irish Times Abstracts 1859-1901 are sure to be a huge benefit to those of you who have ancestors who were based in Dublin city and it’s Southern Suburbs in the later part of the 19th century. The information contained in this index is of such value  as records a huge variety of information on virtually every building in Dublin city and the South-side of Dublin including:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Accidents
  • Employment
  • Suicides
  • Social activities
  • Criminal and civil law cases

As well as property information such as:

  • Sales
  • Lettings
  • Households
  • Lodgings
  • Prices
  • Sanitary conditions
  • Names of occupants (both current and previous, historical facts)

Oscar Wilde

The entries, all taken from copies of the Irish Times are also useful for tracking well know members of Dublin society at this time. For example we can track some of the activities of Ireland’s most famous wit Oscar Wilde. We can see here how at the age of 24 he took legal action regarding a contract for a property in Bray:

The second entry takes note of a trip to Brighton for the playwright:

While the third references his trial in 1895:

If an event was recorded in the Irish Times during these year’s it’s here!

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