1931 Trade Directory, Co. Carlow

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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Carlow WoodworkersCarlowBuilders & ContractorsCarlow Town
Carlow WoodworkersCarlowUndertakersCarlow Town
Carlow Wood WorkersCox's laneFurniture Manufacturers & DealersCarlow Town
Corcoran & Co.CarlowGrocersCarlow Town
Irish Sugar *CarlowSugar & Stock*Carlow Town
Carlow-Graigue Coal & Corn Co., Ltd.GraiguecullenCoal & Corn MerchantsCarlow Town
Walshe & SonsCarlow Marble WorksMarble & Stone WorksCarlow Town
Dempsey Jas.Tullow streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersCarlow Town
Dugan (sic) JamesDublin streetFruiterers & GreengrocersCarlow Town
McWey T.HaymarketWool Merchants & Felt MongersCarlow Town
Wallace W.Dublin streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Doyle M.Tullow streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
O'Neill W.Tullow streetMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
Wallace Bros.Green laneCoal MerchantsCarlow Town
Haughton W. J.Burrin streetGrain & Forage MerchantCarlow Town
O'Neill JohnDublin streetFruiterers & GreengrocersCarlow Town
Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd.Tullow streetBanksCarlow Town
Tynan's Commercial HotelTullow streetHotelsCarlow Town
McElwee MissDublin streetStationers & NewsagentsCarlow Town
Kelly JamesTullow streetStationers & NewsagentsCarlow Town
Parr MissBurrin streetCorn MerchantsCarlow Town
Byrne Richard39 & 80 Tullow st.Carting & Haulage ContractorCarlow Town
Byrne Richard39 & 80 Tullow st.Motor Engineers & GaragesCarlow Town
Byrne Richard39 Tullow stMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
Mulhall Wm.Tullow streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersCarlow Town
Hughes J.Tullow streetMarble & Stone WorksCarlow Town
Bergin P. C.52 Dublin streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Kelly M. A.Tullow streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Leverett & Frye Ltd.56 Dublin stProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Good W. P.Tullow streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersCarlow Town
Rly = Reilly? (G.S.) *Cattle BankMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
Irish B.P. Co. LtdCattle BankMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
Frye see Leverett &56 Dublin stProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
DoyleTullow streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Robinson T.Burrin streetFurniture Manufacturers & DealersCarlow Town
Healy & MooneyCoal MarketCabinet MakersCarlow Town
Bolger's PharmacyTullow streetChemists & DruggistsCarlow Town
Kearney B., MissCastle streetCorn MerchantsCarlow Town
Boake E.Tullow streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Mooney see Healy &Coal MarketCabinet MakersCarlow Town
Purser MarkGreen laneBuilders & ContractorsCarlow Town
Colgan J. M., Mrs.Tullow streetStationers & NewsagentsCarlow Town
Timmins M. A.Tullow streetFruiterers & GreengrocersCarlow Town
Colgan F. P., M.D.Athy roadPhysicians & SurgeonsCarlow Town
Foley Bros.Tullow streetVintnersCarlow Town
Coleman A. E.19 Dublin stMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
Foley JohnTullow streetGrocersCarlow Town
Clerkin J.HaymarketProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Thompson **Hanover WorksBuilders & ContractorsCarlow Town
Coleman A. E.19 Dublin stMotor Engineers & GaragesCarlow Town

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.