1931 Trade Directory, Co. Cavan

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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Acheson see Tweedy &77 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Adams The MissesMarket streetDrapersCootehill
Allen & HalpinErskine Terrace*SolicitorsCavan Town
Anglo Celt'Sean McDermott stNewspaperCavan Town
Atkinson RobertUpper Bridge stSpirit DealersBelturbet
Ballyhaise Co-operative MillsBallyhaise, CavanMillersCavan Town
Bank of IrelandPearse streetBankCavan Town
Bank of Ireland N/ALower Bridge stBankBelturbet
Beggan JohnChapel streetBuilderCootehill
Belford John73 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Black RandalOliver Plunkett stVictuallersCavan Town
Bowden J.CortoberAuctioneerCootehill
Boyle BernardMarket streetGrocersCootehill
Boyle C. B. W.Market streetSolicitorsCootehill
Brady Bernard27 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Brady E. & Co.Market streetGrocersCootehill
Brady E. & E.Market streetDrapersCootehill
Brady John26 Pearse st.Boot Makers & Boot WarehousesCavan Town
Brady John26 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Brady M.Corner HouseGrocersCootehill
Brady Patrick38 Pearse stGrocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Brady Patrick41 Pearse st.Boot Makers & Boot WarehousesCavan Town
Brady Patrick41 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Brady Thomas92 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Brennan not namedWolfe Tone streetPainters & DecoratorsCavan Town
Brennan ThomasHolburn HillHairdressersBelturbet
Bridge Hotel (Temperance)Coleman roadHotelsCavan Town
Brown S.Market streetBooksellers & StationersCootehill
Brown SamuelBridge streetGrocersCootehill
Burke T. J.18 Pearse st.ChemistsCavan Town
Burnett V. F. E.Casement streetDentistsCavan Town
Burnett WilliamThe DiamondDrapersBelturbet
Burns ThomasBridge streetHairdressersCootehill
Cahill Patrick36 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Callaghan O.Bridge streetSaddlersCootehill
Callan PatrickBarrack HillGrocersBelturbet
Calligan JohnLargan, Carrickboy, CavanButter & Egg MerchantsCavan Town
Campbell HenryMarket streetHardware MerchantsCootehill
Campbell HenryMarket streetIronmongersCootehill
Carnew ThomasMarket streetWatchmakers & JewellersCootehill
Carney & McCaulMarket streetGrocersCootehill
Carney & McCaulMarket streetSpirit & Wine DealersCootehill
Carney & McCaulMarket streetUndertakersCootehill
Carney AndrewMarket streetBakerCootehill
Carney AndrewMarket streetGrocersCootehill
Carney PatrickBarrack HillSpirit DealersBelturbet
Carney PhilipErrigle, CootehillPhysicians & SurgeonsCootehill
Carragher P.Bridge streetHairdressersCootehill
Carroll J.31 Pearse stVeterinary SurgeonsCavan Town
Carroll P.Market streetGrocersCootehill

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.