1931 Trade Directory, Co. Clare

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:

Slattery MaryHenry streetGrocersKilrush
Slattery PatrickO'Connell streetProvision MerchantsEnnis
Smith MichaelLiffordBuilding ContractorsEnnis
Smith Mrs.Carmody streetBoarding HousesEnnis
Spellissy JamesO'Connell streetCattle DealersEnnis
Spellissy K., MissO'Connell streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Spring JohnAbbey streetHairdressersEnnis
Spring M.Riverview terraceHairdresserEnnistymon
St. Ita's Knitting IndustryConvent of MercyKnitting IndustryEnnis
Stack MichaelBank placeTailors & OutfittersEnnis
Stapleton EllenAlbert roadGeneral MerchantsKilkee Town
Stapleton ThomasO'Connell streetGrocersKilkee Town
Stella Maris Hotel KilkeeHotelsKilkee Town
Stewart H. L., & SonsAbbey streetWatchmakers & JewellersEnnis
Stewart L., Mrs.Abbey streetChina & Glass DealersEnnis
Stewart L., Mrs.Abbey streetStationers & NewsagentsEnnis
Strading F. B.Bank placeDentistsEnnistymon
Swenry F.Henry streetGrocersKilrush
Taylor PatrickCircular roadBlacksmithsKilkee Town
The Cinema-CinemasKilkee Town
The Clare Hotel*O'Connell streetHotelsEnnis
The Medical HallThe SquareChemists & DruggistsKilrush
Tierney & O'LearyStore roadHardware MerchantsEnnis
Tierney M. F.Cornmarket streetMotor GaragesEnnis
Tierney MartinAbbey streetCycle DealersEnnis
Tierney Martin, F. C.E..Abbey streetArchitects & EngineersEnnis
Tierney MichaelAbbey streetArchitects & EngineersEnnis
Tobin Joseph M.Main streetWatchmaker & JewellerEnnistymon
Toppin N.Moore streetVictuallersKilrush
Tourist RestErin streetHotelsKilkee Town
Tubride P. F.The SquareVeterinary SurgeonsKilrush
Tubridy MortimerFrancis streetGrocersKilrush
Tubridy SissieHenry streetGrocersKilrush
Tuohy E., Mrs.Parnell streetPawnbrokersEnnis
Tuohy O., Mrs.O'Connell streetStationers & NewsagentsEnnis
Tuttle JohnLower Market streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Twomey J.Henry streetSolicitorsKilrush
Tyler John & SonsAbbey streetBoot MerchantsEnnis
Vaughan KateParnell streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Vaughan MichaelParliament streetGrocersEnnistymon
Vaughan MissMain streetMilliners & DressmakersEnnistymon
Victoria HotelKilkeeHotelsKilkee Town
Walker J.Victoria HotelGrocersKilkee Town
Walker JamesVictoria HotelSpirit DealersKilkee Town
Wall see Conole &Main streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesEnnistymon
Walsh A.Main streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesEnnistymon
Walsh JohnO'Connell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Walsh P.Main streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesEnnistymon
Walsh RichardMoore streetGrocersKilrush
Walsh RichardO'Connell streetSingers Sewing Machine AgentEnnis
Waters J.O'Curry streetGrocersKilkee Town
Webster HarryAbbey streetGrocersEnnis
West End or Golf Links Hotel West EndHotelsKilkee Town
Wheeler JohnParliament streetTailorsEnnistymon
Wylde D.Market streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Wylde DenisO'Connell streetGrocersEnnis

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.