1931 Trade Directory, Athenry Town, Co. Galway

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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Athenry HotelCross St.HotelsAthenry
Bank of Ireland-BanksAthenry
Brady E.Church St.DrapersAthenry
Broderick C. L.Old Church St.ChemistsAthenry
Broderick J. F.Church St.PublicansAthenry
Broderick John & SonChurch St.BuildersAthenry
Condron MissDavis St.TobacconistsAthenry
Corbett & Co.Northgate St.PublicansAthenry
Corbett S. P.Northgate St.GrocersAthenry
Corbett'sNorthgateCycle AgentsAthenry
Corbett'sNorthgate St.Egg MerchantsAthenry
Corbett'sNorthgate St.Provision DealersAthenry
Curran ThomasThe Sq.PublicansAthenry
Daly & SonsNorthgate St.Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
Daly C.Northgate St.DrapersAthenry
Daly M.Cross St.PublicansAthenry
Daly MatthewCross St.GrocersAthenry
Dempsey MichaelChurch St.VictuallersAthenry
Duffy PatrickThe ArchPublicansAthenry
Durkin E.Church St.PublicansAthenry
Fahy JamesNorthgate St.Cycle AgentsAthenry
Fallon Mrs.Northgate St.PublicansAthenry
Feeney P.NewfordMotor Engineers & GaragesAthenry
Fitzsimons E. J.-Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
Fitzsimons E. J.Northgate St.DrapersAthenry
Foley Charles H.,*-Motor Engineers & GaragesAthenry
Fox P. J.Old Church St.Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
Fox P. J.Old Church St.GrocersAthenry
Fox P. J.Old Church St.PublicansAthenry
Glynn J.Old Church St.GrocersAthenry
Glynn J.Old Church St.PublicansAthenry
Heavey T.Chapel St.SaddlerAthenry
Hession M.Northgate St.GrocersAthenry
Hession MichaelNorthgate St.Egg MerchantsAthenry
Hession MichaelNorthgate St.VictuallersAthenry
Higgins B.Davis St.GrocersAthenry
Higgins ThomasDavis St.BakerAthenry
Higgins ThomasDavis St.Provision DealersAthenry
Higgins ThomasDavis St.PublicansAthenry
Higgins W. P.Old Church St.Motor Engineers & GaragesAthenry
Hogan Patrick-SolicitorAthenry
Howley ThomasThe Sq.Motor Engineers & GaragesAthenry
Hynes PatrickCross St.BuildersAthenry
Jordan StephenDavis St.Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
Jordan StephenThe Sq.GrocersAthenry
Jordan StephenDavis St.PublicansAthenry
Kelly J. F.Cross St.PublicansAthenry
Kelly T. McDermott,Raheen ParkVeterinary SurgeonAthenry
Lardner B., Mrs.Church St.PublicansAthenry
Lardner M. J.Church St.GrocersAthenry

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.