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:

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NameAddressOccupationTown
Wilde Bros. see MooreMain St.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Wilde BrothersMain St.Booksellers & StationersAbbeyleix
Wilde BrothersMain St.China & Glass DealersAbbeyleix
Wilkinson J.Main St.BakersAbbeyleix
Wilkinson J.Main St.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Central HotelMarket Sq.HotelsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Delaney W.Market Sq.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Fyffe A.Market Sq.DrapersAbbeyleix
Galbraith Thomas A.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Kelly MaryMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kelly MaryMarket Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Kelly Mary, Mrs.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Kelly Mary, Mrs.Market Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kennedy BridgetMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kennedy BridgetMarket Sq.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
McDonnell M. & SonsMarket Sq.Corn MerchantsAbbeyleix
McDonnell MichaelMarket Sq.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
O'NeillMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Wilkinson JamesMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Wilkinson JamesMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Armour R. H., M.P.S.I.Medical Hall, Main stChemistAbbeyleix
Cosgrove J.New Rd.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Bergin J.New RowGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Bergin TimothyNew RowGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
McHugh Bros., MssrsNew RowIron FoundryAbbeyleix
Hibernian Bank Ltd.-BanksAbbeyleix
Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd -BanksAbbeyleix
Toole Wm.-Motor Engineers & GaragesAbbeyleix
Pallin G.OldtownCoal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Pallin G.OldtownGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Pallin George E.OldtownTobacconistsAbbeyleix
McEntegart A., Mrs.Park ViewPhysicians & SurgeonsAbbeyleix
Ryan Michael J.Park ViewVeterinary SurgeonAbbeyleix
Miller J.Railway HouseCoal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Brophy P.Stucker HillGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Cahill JosephStucker HillTobacconistsAbbeyleix
Crennan J.Stucker HillUndertakersAbbeyleix
Crennan JamesStucker HillCoachbuildersAbbeyleix
Crennan Patrick & SonStucker HillPaintersAbbeyleix
Deegan JamesStucker HillTailorsAbbeyleix
Golden J.Stucker HillDrapersAbbeyleix
Golden J.Stucker HillHardware Merchants & IronmongersAbbeyleix
Golden JamesStucker HillGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Golden JamesStucker HillLicensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Golden JamesStucker HillTobacconistsAbbeyleix
Kelly K.Stucker HillDrapersAbbeyleix
Kelly M.Stucker HillCarpentersAbbeyleix
Kelly VeronicaStucker HillMilliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Hill T.Temperence St.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Finnegan Francis ParisThe Beechfield Milling Co.MillerAbbeyleix
Morrissey MaryThe HotelMilliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Delaney Ml.The Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Delaney Ml.The Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Delaney W.The Sq.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Fitzpatrick M.The Sq.DrapersAbbeyleix
Fyffe A.The Sq.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Galbraith T. A.The Sq.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Phelan M.The Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Cosgrove C.Upper Main St.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Comyns Benjamin & SonVesey HillPaintersAbbeyleix
Sheeran D.Water CastleButter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Maher Nicholas, M.B.Woodville HousePhysicians & SurgeonsAbbeyleix
Kavanagh P.Borris Rd.PlumbersMaryborough
Lalor T. J.Borris Rd.TailorsMaryborough
Murray J.Borris Rd.PlumbersMaryborough
Boylan M.Bridge St.BakersMaryborough
Boylan M.Bridge St.GrocersMaryborough
Breen M.Bridge St.ConfectionersMaryborough
Hanlon P.Bridge St.Cycle AgentsMaryborough
Hanlon P.Bridge St.Petrol DealersMaryborough
Murphy Mrs.Bridge St.GrocersMaryborough
Murphy Mrs.Bridge St.PublicansMaryborough
Brown JamesChurch avenueFishmongersMaryborough
Brown JamesChurch avenueFruiterersMaryborough
Aldritt F. & SonsChurch St.Motor GaragesMaryborough
Aldritt F. & SonsChurch St.Petrol DealersMaryborough
Bank of IrelandChurch St.BanksMaryborough
Brennan R. F.Church St.PrintersMaryborough
Byrne T.Church St.SolicitorsMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.AuctioneersMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.Corn MerchantsMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.Cycle AgentsMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.Motor GaragesMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.Petrol DealersMaryborough
Gaze & Jessop Ltd.Church St.Wool MerchantsMaryborough
Henderson E.Church St.Watchmaker & JewellerMaryborough
Jessop see Gaze &Church St.AuctioneersMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.Cycle AgentsMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.Furniture WarehousesMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.Glass & China DealersMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.Hardware MerchantsMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.Implement MakersMaryborough
Kelly Patrick & Co.Church St.IronmongersMaryborough
Maguire Mrs.Church St.DrapersMaryborough
Meehan P. J.Church St.SolicitorsMaryborough
Leinster ExpressCoote St.NewspaperMaryborough
Leinster ExpressCoote St.PrintersMaryborough
Mara L.Coote St.TailorsMaryborough
O'Connell M.Coote St.Physicians & SurgeonsMaryborough
Phelan W.Coote St.Physicians & SurgeonsMaryborough
Turpin H.Coote St.SolicitorsMaryborough
FitzpatrickDeerpark, MountrathVeterinary SurgeonMaryborough
Brady T.Dublin Rd.GrocersMaryborough
Dooley J.Dublin Rd.GrocersMaryborough
Farrell M.Grattan St.GrocersMaryborough
Fitzpatrick L.Grattan St.BakersMaryborough
Fitzpatrick L.Grattan St.ConfectionersMaryborough
McEvoy JosephGrattan St.SaddlersMaryborough
Scully P. V.Grattan St.FruiterersMaryborough
Scully Patrick V.Grattan St.FishmongersMaryborough
Wilkinson Mrs.Grattan St.GrocersMaryborough
McCormick T.Kellyville ParkPhysicians & SurgeonsMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.Cycle AgentsMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.Furniture WarehousesMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.GrocersMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.Guns & AmmunitionMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.Hardware MerchantsMaryborough
Aird James J.Main St.IronmongersMaryborough
Aird James J. & SonsMain St.AuctioneersMaryborough
Aird see Cenrtal HotelMain St.HotelsMaryborough
Ardhill George W.Main St.GrocersMaryborough
Bennett J. P.Main St.GrocersMaryborough
Bennett J. P.Main St.PublicansMaryborough
Bennett J. P.Main St.TobacconistsMaryborough
Bennett J. P.Main St.Wine & Spirit MerchantsMaryborough
Bolger J. B.Main St.DentistsMaryborough
Breen M.Main St.BakersMaryborough
Breen W.Main St.HairdressersMaryborough
Brennan J.Main St.PublicansMaryborough
Brennan Mrs.Main St.GrocersMaryborough
Burke James M.Main St.DrapersMaryborough
Carey Mrs.Main St.ConfectionersMaryborough
Carey Mrs.Main St.RestaurantsMaryborough
Central HotelMain St.Petrol DealersMaryborough
Central Hotel (James J. Aird & Sons)Main St.HotelsMaryborough
Croke DenisMain St.VictuallersMaryborough
Delaney J. F.Main St.IronmongersMaryborough
Delaney JohnMain St.Hardware MerchantsMaryborough
Delaney P. J.Main St.IronmongersMaryborough
Delaney PatrickMain St.Cycle AgentsMaryborough
Delaney PatrickMain St.Furniture WarehousesMaryborough
Delaney PatrickMain St.Glass & China DealersMaryborough

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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