Almanacs and street directories are an invaluable resource for researchers into 18th and 19th century Dublin. The earliest directory in the collection is from 1636.
Included in the Gilbert Collection is a set of Irish almanacs, dating from the year 1700, containing the daily motions of the planets, astrological, general and monthly observations, festival days, state of the weather, rising and setting of the sun, time of high-water, the highways and fair days of the towns of Ireland and even A Brief Chronology of Things memorable from the Creation of the World to this Time in 1727.
An almost complete set of Dublin directories from 1751 to the present is held in hardcopy:
- Wilson's Dublin Directories, 1751-1753; 1761-1837
- Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Directories, 1834-1847
- Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directories, 1844 - present.
The early directories, from 1751 to 1833, are in surname order only. From 1834, street listings are available as well as the name sequence.
Directories on Microfilm
Pigot's Directory 1820, 1821, 1822 and 1824 are the earliest directories in the collection to cover all of Ireland. They are followed by Slater's Directory of Ireland, published in the years 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1894. The 1894 edition has a very useful general directory of private residents of Ireland. These are held on microfiche.
Directories, which cover individual counties, other than Dublin, include:
- Bassett's Directories of Wexford 1885, Down 1886 and Tipperary 1889
- Gillespie's Directory of Co. Monaghan 1892
- Griffith's Directory of Wexford 1874
- Egan's History, Guide & Directory of Waterford 1892
- Lowe's Directory of County Fermanagh 1880
- Francis Guy’s Directory of Munster 1886
Belfast and Ulster Directories are available for 1924, 1930, 1934 and 1940. Belfast and Northern Ireland Directories are held for the years 1941, 1951 – 1962, 1964, 1966 – 1972, 1979, 1914 and 1996. These include street listings for Belfast.