1931 Trade Directory, Co. Laois

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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:

NameAddressOccupationTown
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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