1931 Trade Directory, Co. Carlow

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:

Sofrin J. D.Mill streetSaddlersTullow
Somers StephenThe SquareGrocers & Provision MerchantsTullow
Stokes Mrs.Main streetFancy Goods DealersBagnalstown
Sunderland Jas.Castle streetPlumbers & GasfittersCarlow Town
Sutton W.Castle streetChina DealerCarlow Town
Sutton W.Castle streetGrocersCarlow Town
Texas Co. (of Ireland) Ltd.Cattle BankMotor Spirit DistributorsCarlow Town
The Bridge HotelThe BridgeHotelsTullow
The Royal Hotel-HotelsCarlow Town
The Slaney Hotel (M. Lennon)Abbey streetHotelsTullow
Thompson **Hanover WorksBuilders & ContractorsCarlow Town
Thompson JamesMill streetMotor EngineersTullow
Thorp C. & SonBagenalstownSolicitorsBagnalstown
Timmins M. A.Tullow streetFruiterers & GreengrocersCarlow Town
Toye & Co.Regent streetDrapersBagnalstown
Traynor JohnCollege streetAuctioneersCarlow Town
Traynor John A.Carlow townAuctioneerTullow
Tucker RichardDublin streetDentistsCarlow Town
Twomey & SonTullow streetVintnersCarlow Town
Twomey Thomas & SonTullow streetGrocersCarlow Town
Tynan's Commercial HotelTullow streetHotelsCarlow Town
Ven. ArchD Becher J. H.,Church of IrelandClergymenBagnalstown
Wall C.Regent streetBootmakersBagnalstown
Wall T.Kilree streetBootmakersBagnalstown
Wallace Bros.Green laneCoal MerchantsCarlow Town
Wallace W.Dublin streetGrocersCarlow Town
Wallace W.Dublin streetProvision, Tea & General MerchantsCarlow Town
Walpole Jas.Kilree streetMotors for HireBagnalstown
Walsh Bros.Fair ViewMotors for HireBagnalstown
Walsh J.Castle streetBakersCarlow Town
Walsh MissTullow streetConfectionersCarlow Town
Walsh W.Castle streetBootmakersCarlow Town
Walshe & SonsCarlow Marble WorksMarble & Stone WorksCarlow Town
Walshe PatrickKilree streetProvision DealersBagnalstown
Ward WilliamHotel streetGrocers & Spirit DealersBagnalstown
Watson Joshua & Co., Ltd.The QuayMaltstersCarlow Town
Whelan J.Dublin roadPlumbers & GasfittersCarlow Town
Whelan P.Castle streetSaddlersCarlow Town
Williams J. C.Dublin streetTailorsCarlow Town
Williams M., Mrs.Tullow streetConfectionersCarlow Town
Wynne Mark-Picture HouseBagnalstown
Young R.Regent streetConfectionersBagnalstown
Young S. H.Tullow streetDrapersCarlow Town
Young William & SonKilcarrig, BagenalstownAuctioneersBagnalstown

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.