1931 Trade Directory, Ireland

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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Alexander W. V.Main streetDrapersTullow
Armstrong P.Church streetChemistsTullow
Aughney HonoriaAbbey streetPhysicians & SurgeonsTullow
Aughney PatrickBridge streetGrocers & Spirit DealersTullow
Bank of IrelandCourt placeBanksCarlow Town
Bank of IrelandRegent streetBanksBagnalstown
Barrington & Co.Mill streetDrapersTullow
Barron MatthewMill streetVictuallersTullow
Barry Mrs.Main streetDrapersBagnalstown
Beard R. & F.Tullow streetPhotographersCarlow Town
Bergin P. C.52 Dublin streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Bergin P. C.Dublin streetAuctioneersCarlow Town
Bergin P. C.Dublin streetVintnersCarlow Town
Birmingham J.College streetPainters & DecoratorsCarlow Town
Birney OwenBarrack streetFruit MerchantsTullow
Boake E.Tullow streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Bolger K., MissBridge streetBakersTullow
Bolger K., MissBridge streetFruit MerchantsTullow
Bolger MissBridge streetConfectionerTullow
Bolger's PharmacyTullow streetChemists & DruggistsCarlow Town
Bolton R.26 Dublin stFruiterers & GreengrocersCarlow Town
Bowe D.Regent streetHairdressersBagnalstown
Boylan JamesMill streetIronmongers & Builders ProvidersTullow
Bradley R. J.Market SquareCoal MerchantsBagnalstown
Bradley R. J.Market SquareProvision DealersBagnalstown
Bradley RobertMarket SquareMotors for HireBagnalstown
Bradshaw E. J., Rev.Church of IrelandClergymenBagnalstown
Brady J. P.Main streetDrapersBagnalstown
Brannigan J.Tullow streetSaddlersCarlow Town
Brennan JohnDublin streetVictuallersCarlow Town
Breslin PeterChurch streetShoemakersTullow
Brigidine ConventTullowEducational institutionsTullow
Brophy M.Burrin streetVintnersCarlow Town
Brothers of St. PatrickSt. Patrick's MonasteryEducational institutionsTullow
Brown & CrosthwaitLodge MillsMillersBagnalstown
Brown JohnRegent streetGrocers & Spirit DealersBagnalstown
Brown Paul A.Burrin placeSolicitorsCarlow Town
Bruen H. A.Court placeEstate AgentCarlow Town
Burgess W. S.Main streetGrocers & Provision MerchantsTullow
Burgess W. S.Mill streetBakersTullow
Burgess W. S.Mill streetConfectionerTullow
Burns & SonCollege streetHairdressersCarlow Town
Butler P.Regent streetSaddlersBagnalstown
Butler T.Regent streetDrapersBagnalstown
Butler ThomasMarket squareGrocers & Spirit DealersTullow
Byrne BarneyBridge streetMotor EngineersTullow
Byrne CharlesMill streetGrocers & Spirit DealersTullow
Byrne ChristopherMill streetShoemakersTullow
Byrne H., Mrs.Mill streetDrapersTullow
Byrne J.Kilree streetBooksellersBagnalstown

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.