1931 Trade Directory, Ireland

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:

Delaney P. J.Main St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Delaney WilliamMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dempsey J.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Dempsey J.Main St.Motor Engineers & GaragesMountrath
Dowling JohnMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dowling M.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dunne's Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
FitzPatrick F.Main St.Saw MillsMountrath
Fitzpatrick FintanMain St.DrapersMountrath
Fletcher ThomasMain St.SolicitorsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Gallagher E.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Gallagher EdwardMain St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Gallagher EdwardMain St.TobacconistsMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.DrapersMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.ConfectionersMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Fruiterers & GreengrocersMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kelly's HotelMain St.HotelsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.BakersMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Kittler WilliamMain St.HairdresserMountrath
Lupton KateMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
McCabe J.Main St.BootmakerMountrath
McKenna P.Main St.PaintersMountrath
Miller JamesMain St.VictuallersMountrath
Mooney James S.Main St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Mooney James S.Main St.TobacconistsMountrath
Munster & Leinster Bank, Ltd.Main St.BanksMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.DrapersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.TobacconistsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Odlum M., MissMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Odlum Martha, MissMain St.DrapersMountrath
Odlum W.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Odlum W.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
O'Toole C., Mrs.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Phelan M.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Reid WilliamMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Roche J. A.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Rourke & SonMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Rourke WilliamMain St.DrapersMountrath
Ryan J. P., M.P.S.I.Main St.ChemistsMountrath
Sawyer HenryMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Sheenan P. & SonMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Sheeran & SonMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Sheeran Patrick & SonMain St.DrapersMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.TobacconistsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Telford John E.Main St.BakersMountrath
Treacy P. J.Main St.DrapersMountrath
Treacy P. J.Main St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Wallis F.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Wallis FintanMain St.BakersMountrath
Whelan KateMain St.BakersMountrath
Whelan Kate, MissMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Young M., MissMain St.DressmakerMountrath
Bennett MissMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Byrne MissMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Drury T.Market Sq.VictuallersMountrath
Moloney T.Market Sq.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Moloney T.Market Sq.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Moloney ThomasMarket Sq.DrapersMountrath
Murphy Mrs.Market Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
O'Meara JamesMarket Sq.CarpenterMountrath
Rourke W.Market Sq.VictuallersMountrath
Rourke WilliamMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Ryan DanielMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Ryan KieranMarket Sq.TailorsMountrath
Wallace Ed.Maryboro' Rd.BootmakerMountrath
Nunan T. J.Mayville'Physician & SurgeonMountrath
Lynch J. A., L.D.S.O'Rourke's ChemistDentistsMountrath
FitzgeraldRyan's Chemist, Main St.DentistsMountrath
Dunne MartinShannon St.SaddlersMountrath
Golderick JosephShannon St.SaddlersMountrath
O'Connell W. D., & SonsShannon St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
O'Connell W. D., & SonsShannon St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
O'Gorman Patrick J.The Sq.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath

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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