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:

Smyth M. A.60 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Smyth M. E.66 Pearse st.Coal MerchantsCavan Town
Smyth Michael E.66 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Smyth Michael E.66 Pearse st.TobacconistsCavan Town
Smyth PatrickThe DiamondGrocersBelturbet
Smyth PeterMarket streetSpirit & Wine DealersCootehill
Smyth Philip65 Pearse st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Smyth PhilipCorn Mill, Aughaconey*MillersCavan Town
Smyth PhilipHolburn HillHairdressersBelturbet
Smyth T. J.10 Pearse st.Booksellers & StationersCavan Town
Smyth ThomasColeman roadGrocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Smyth ThomasColeman roadTobacconistsCavan Town
Soden Peter20 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Stewart Brothers Ltd.Market streetGrocersCootehill
Stewart CharlesLawnBooksellers & StationersBelturbet
Stewart CharlesThe LawnGrocersBelturbet
Stewart I. & E.Market streetDrapersCootehill
Stewart J.Market streetChina & Glass DealersCootehill
Stewart J.Market streetIronmongersCootehill
Stewart J.Market streetUndertakersCootehill
Stewart MissesMarket streetMilliners & DressmakersCootehill
Stewart WilliamDeanery stMillerBelturbet
Stuart James, Dr.The LawnPhysician & SurgeonBelturbet
Sullivan Bernard1 Pearse st.Hardware MerchantsCavan Town
Sullivan Bernard1 Pearse st.IronmongersCavan Town
Sullivan Bernard1 Sean McDermott st.ConfectionersCavan Town
Sullivan Mary AnneUpper Bridge stGrocersBelturbet
Swan Frederick W.88 Pearse st.Boot Makers & Boot WarehousesCavan Town
The Bridge HotelBridge streetHotelsBelturbet
The Lawn HotelMain stHotelsBelturbet
Thompson BrothersMarket streetGrocersCootehill
Thompson J.Lower Bridge stButter & Egg MerchantsBelturbet
Thompson J.Market streetConfectionersCootehill
Thornton JohnHolburn HillGrocersBelturbet
Tierney MartinFrancis streetSolicitorsCavan Town
Tracey see Devine &Holburn HillBuildersBelturbet
Trainor MissMarket streetDrapersCootehill
Tweedy, Acheson & Co.77 Pearse st.DrapersCavan Town
Ulster BankPearse streetBankCavan Town
Ulster Bank Ltd N/AHolburn HillBankBelturbet
Ulster Bank Ltd.Market streetBankCootehill
Vessey MaryUpper Bridge stSpirit DealersBelturbet
West GeorgeBridge streetVeterinary SurgeonCootehill
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.China & Glass DealersCavan Town
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.ConfectionersCavan Town
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.Cycle AgentsCavan Town
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.Hardware MerchantsCavan Town
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.IronmongersCavan Town
Whelan Bernard69 Pearse st.UndertakersCavan Town
White Horse HotelMarket streetHotelsCootehill
White JeremiahPearse streetWatchmakers & JewellersCavan Town
White T. J.Market streetChemistsCootehill
Wiggins JamesLawnBooksellers & StationersBelturbet
Winters HughButler's streetChina & Glass DealersBelturbet
Winters HughMain stHardware MerchantsBelturbet
Winters HughMain stIronmongersBelturbet
Woodhouse AnnieBridge streetMilliners & DressmakersBelturbet
Woodhouse Annie, Mrs.Lower Bridge stDrapersBelturbet
Woodhouse BrothersBridge streetHardware MerchantsBelturbet
Woodhouse BrothersBridge streetIronmongersBelturbet
Woodhouse BrothersLower Bridge stCoal MerchantBelturbet
Woodhouse BrothersLower Bridge stGrocersBelturbet
Woods W. H.Church streetButter & Egg MerchantCootehill
Wylie MissMarket streetDrapersCootehill
Wylie MissMarket streetMilliners & DressmakersCootehill
Young John40 Pearse st.SaddlersCavan Town
Young Thomas1 Thomas Ashe st.Grocers & Spirit DealersCavan Town
Young Thomas2 Thomas Ashe st.TobacconistsCavan Town

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.