A Guide to Discovering More About Stradbally's History
Situated along Waterford's beautiful Copper Coast, the village and parish of Stradbally have a long and interesting history...
This website aims to provide a useful overview of Stradbally's history, where you can post your own research about your ancestors and reach out to members of our local community to help fill in the missing details. On here you will find:
A timeline, stretching from the first reference to a settlement at Stradbally, up to the present day.
An overview of the area's notable historical buildings, and,
Entries for individuals who once called Stradbally their home.
We hope it provides you with a detailed overview and we aim to keep expanding the information to make this an invaluable tool for anyone researching their family history. There are more detailed tips for starting your own research on the Ireland XO help page, but a good starting point for anyone looking up their Stradbally relatives is the National Cenus of 1901 and 1911, available for free on the National Archives website http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie and Griffiths Valuation, carried out between 1848 and 1864 and freely available here: https://www.nli.ie/en/griffiths-valuation.aspx
In addition, there are some well-written and excellent overviews of Stradbally's history:
Stradbally na Déise II by Tom Hickey, John Keane and Brian Corry (2013).
The chapter on Stradbally by Cian Flaherty in The Towns and Villages of the Waterford Greenway (2018).
If you're in the area, or want to make further enquiries, there are also some excellent museums dealing with Stradbally's history:
The Woodhouse Museum is a private museum focusing on the history of Stradbally's Big House, Woodhouse, and its inhabitants through the years.
The Waterford County Museum is based in nearby Dungarvan and houses a wealth of information on County Waterford's history. Its website is a brilliant and informative resource in its own right, with a photo archive that has several historical photos of Stradbally and its inhabitants: Waterford Museum Website
The Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre at nearby Bunmahon tells the story of the local mining community and explains the landscape's geological features: https://coppercoastgeopark.com/copper-coast-geopark-visitor-centre/
Finally, given that people are identified with their townland in censuses and valuations, a full list of Stradbally townlands, for those unfamiliar with them, is available here: https://www.townlands.ie/waterford/stradbally2/
We wish you luck in your research and encourage you to share your findings and difficulties along the way, so together we can map out Stradbally's fascinating history.