1931 Trade Directory, Co. Kildare

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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:

Ryan W.Claregate streetSaddlerKildare
Ryan WilliamDublin roadMotor GaragesKildare
Ryan Wm.Dublin streetCycle AgentsKildare
Sargent R.Fair GreenUndertakersNaas
Scanlon J.Eyre streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNewbridge
Scully W.Leinster streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Sex ThomasEyre streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNewbridge
Shaw & SonsDuke streetBoot MerchantsAthy
Shaw & SonsDuke streetDrapersAthy
Shaw & SonsDuke streetHouse FurnishersAthy
Sheehan JohnHenry streetBootmakersNewbridge
Sheridan BrothersHenry streetTimber MerchantsNewbridge
Sheridan Denis & SonDublin roadPainters & PlumbersNaas
Shiel John J.Charlotte streetSolicitorsNewbridge
Singer Manufacturing Co.Edward streetSewing Machine ManufacturersNewbridge
Sisters of MercyThe ConventSchoolsAthy
Smith P.Stanhope streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Spaine JohnGeorge's streetBootmakersNewbridge
St. John C. S.Duke streetWatchmakers & JewellersAthy
Swift C. DonnellyThe SquarePhotographerKildare
Sylvester H.Market SquareGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Technical School-SchoolsAthy
The Athy Loan Bank Ltd.Duke streetBankersAthy
The CinemaThe Town HallCinemaNaas
The Model School-SchoolsAthy
The National Bank Ltd.Emily squareBankersAthy
The National Bank Ltd.Main streetBanksNewbridge
The Palace-CinemaAthy
Timmins E., Mrs.Poplar squareCaterersNaas
Timmins R.Poplar squareGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNaas
Toomey Henry K.Emily squareSolicitorsAthy
Tyrrell T. J., M.R.C.V.S.North Main streetVeterinary SurgeonsNaas
Ulster Bank Ltd.South Main streetBanksNaas
Wafer M.Main streetConfectionersNewbridge
Wallace BrothersCanal HarbourCoal ImportersNaas
Wallace Brothers Ltd.Eyre streetCoal ImportersNewbridge
Wallace E.Eyre streetConfectionersNewbridge
Wallis John & SonsCharlotte streetCarriersNewbridge
Walsh DavidLeinster streetGeneral MerchantsAthy
Walsh DavidLeinster streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Walsh DavidLeinster streetHardware MerchantsAthy
Walsh J. W.Woodstock streetTailorsAthy
Walsh T. & J.Woodstock streetBoot MerchantsAthy
Ward J.Duke streetProvision DealerAthy
Ward M., Mrs.Poplar squareUndertakersNaas
Ward Mr.Duke streetFishmongersAthy
Warner T.Main streetDrapersNewbridge
Warner T.Main streetHouse FurnishersNewbridge
Watts M. A.Duke streetConfectionersAthy
Watts M. A.Duke streetStationersAthy
Webster J.Market SquarePaintersAthy
Whelan JamesSouth Main streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNaas
Whelan JamesStation RoadVictuallersKildare
Whelan JohnClaregate streetDrapersKildare
Whelan Joseph P.Offaly streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Whelan MylesDuke streetBakersAthy
Whelan MylesDuke streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Whelan T.North Main streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNaas
Whelan T.North Main streetPublicansNaas
Whelan T. J.William streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Whelan Wm.Grey Abbey roadBuilders & ContractorsKildare
Whelan's Royal Family HotelSouth Main streetHotelsNaas
White W.Edward streetBookmaker (Licensed)Newbridge
White William** (Also at Brownstone, The Curragh)Edward streetBookmaker (Licensed)Newbridge
Williams J. P., Dr.Glenville TerrracePhysicians & SurgeonsNaas
Youell F. B.Duke streetBoot MerchantsAthy
Young's Medical Hall Charlotte streetChemistsNewbridge

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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