1931 Trade Directory, Athenry Town, Co. Galway

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Directories set out to record the ‘principal inhabitants’ of a community, particularly those in trade or the professions. Directories were put together by individuals and publishers for commercial purposes at intervals during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Here is the 1931 Trade Directory, exclusive to From-Ireland.net:

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NameAddressOccupationTown
Gannon JamesHigh St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Garvey JohnThe MallBakersTuam
Gibbons P.Dublin Rd.HairdressersTuam
Gleeson ThomasShop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Glynn James P.Dublin Rd.SolicitorsTuam
Goggins MichaelThe Sq.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchsTuam
Gormally Alice, Mrs.Vicar St.FruiterersTuam
Hare JosephDublin Rd.Egg MerchantsTuam
Harrington PatrickShop St.FruiterersTuam
Heskin MichaelShop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Heskin MichaelShop St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Hession JohnHigh St.Egg MerchantsTuam
Hopkins P.Bishop St.VictuallersTuam
Hopkins ThomasFoster placeVictuallersTuam
Hosty & Co.The Sq.BakersTuam
Hosty & Co.The Sq.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Hosty & Co.The Sq.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Hosty H., L.R.C.P. & S.I.Bishop St.Physicians & SurgeonsTuam
Hosty Patrick M.Bishop St.SolicitorsTuam
Hynes PatrickBishop St.BakersTuam
Imperial HotelThe Sq.HotelsTuam
Jordan Mary K., Mrs.Vicar St.FruiterersTuam
Keane BrothersHigh St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Keane FrancisDublin Rd.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Kenny E.Dublin Rd.TailorsTuam
Kilgariff'sBishop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Leo M.The Sq.ChemistsTuam
Lydon AustinBallygaddy Rd.BakersTuam
Lynch P. J.Vicar St.Boot & Shoe MerchantsTuam
Mangan H.Bishop St.DentistsTuam
Mannion P.Bishop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Mannion PatrickBishop St.DrapersTuam
McDonnell JamesBishop St.DrapersTuam
McDonogh Frederick B.Dublin Rd.SolicitorsTuam
McElgunn MichaelBishop St.FruiterersTuam
McHugh MichaelHigh St.Egg MerchantsTuam
McHugh PatrickHigh St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
McHugh PeterBishop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
McHugh ThomasVicar St.Stone & Marble WorksTuam
McNamara M. H.Shop St.ChemistsTuam
McTigue & Co.Vicar St.DrapersTuam
Mellin Thomas J.Vicar St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Mitchell PatrickBishop St.Egg MerchantsTuam
Moloney JamesVicar St.Saddlers & Harness-makersTuam
Moran JamesVicar St.Egg MerchantsTuam
Moran JamesVicar St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Moran T. & Co.Vicar St.Motor Engineers & GaragesTuam
Moran T., & Co.Vicar St.Car & Coach BuildersTuam
Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd.Bishop St.BanksTuam
Murphy M. K.Vicar St.HairdressersTuam
National Bank Ltd.Dublin Rd.BanksTuam
Naughton PatrickShop St.DrapersTuam
Nohilly J. J. M.B.. B.Ch.Dublin Rd.Physicians & SurgeonsTuam
Nohilly JamesDublin Rd.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Nolan ThomasShop St.VictuallersTuam
O'Brien P.Dublin Rd.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
O'Connor FrancisVicar St.VictuallersTuam
O'Connor RichardShop St.Saddlers & Harness-makersTuam
O'Donoghue Thomas A.Vicar St.SolicitorsTuam
O'Grady P. T. J.Dublin Rd.AuctioneersTuam
O'Malley BrothersHigh St.DrapersTuam
Quinn see ConwayDublin Rd.SolicitorsTuam
Quinn's Rustic VaultsVicar St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Rishworth W. H.Ballygaddy rdWool BuyersTuam
Rooney EdwardEgan's laneMotor Engineers & GaragesTuam
Rooney MartinShop St.Motor Engineers & GaragesTuam
Rooney WilliamOld Rd.Stone & Marble WorksTuam
Sheehan Mary, Mrs.Vicar St.FruiterersTuam
Sheehan Wm.High St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Sloyan Thomas & Co.Bishop St.AuctioneersTuam
St. John J.High St.Cycle AgentsTuam
Stafford FredVicar St.ChemistsTuam
Thompson R. E. L.R.C.S.I.Eastland HousePhysicians & SurgeonsTuam
Tighe JohnCircular Rd.VictuallersTuam
Tuam HeraldDublin Rd.NewspapersTuam
Ulster Bank Ltd.Shop St.BanksTuam
Waldron JohnShop St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Waldron John J.Bishop St.Fancy WarehouseTuam
Waldron John J.Bishop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Walsh JohnHigh St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Walsh JohnHigh St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Walsh JohnBallygaddy Rd.TailorsTuam
Walsh M. S., & SonsHigh St.Boot & Shoe MerchantsTuam
Walsh M. S., & SonsHigh St.DrapersTuam
Walsh M. S., & SonsHigh St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchantsTuam
Walsh PatrickShop St.TailorsTuam
Walsh S. Martin & SonsHigh St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Walsh WilliamMcHale Tr.TailorsTuam

In Ireland, many of the towns had a square, and around the square were houses (homes) with one or two shops or business’s. The streets of the town all went from that square. Most towns had a ‘Main street’ – some called it a High street, and it was usually on that main street that the majority of shops and businesses were located. Shops had one or two large windows depending on the size of the shop. Many Public houses had a grocery section. You walked in the door and the grocery section was at the front of the shop with the pub at the back – usually a wooden division separating both. The Grocer or Publican may have had a field or more behind the building, cows were milked and the milk was sold to those who would bring in their ‘Jimmy’ cans. Most business men/people had more than one occupation. The Publican as described above was also the Grocer and if he sold milk then he could also be described as a Dairy man. As you go through this list of names you will see that many.

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