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:

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Brew G.Henry streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersKilrush
Brew MissFrancis streetDrapersKilrush
Brew RichardEnnis roadGrocersKilrush
Broderick-Motor GaragesEnnis
Brody JohnSt. Patrick's terraceMotor GaragesEnnis
Brooks JosephAbbey streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Brooks WilliamO'Curry streetGrocersKilkee Town
Brosnan JeremiahChurch streetNewsagents & StationersEnnistymon
Brown JohnFergus RowTailors & OutfittersEnnis
Brown M.Brewery laneTailors & OutfittersEnnis
Bugler Henry,*St. Anthony's terracePhysicians & SurgeonsEnnis
Burke C. A., Mrs**Abbey streetTobacconistsEnnis
Burke MichaelMain streetTailorsEnnistymon
Burke MissHenry streetGeneral MerchantsKilrush
Burke S. M.Lower Market streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Burke T.Market SquareGrocersKilrush
Burns PatrickLower Market streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Butler FrankParnell streetInsurance AgentsEnnis
Butler JamesParnell streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Butler JohnParnell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Byrne P. J.O'Connell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Cahir PatrickParnell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Callinan Agnes, MissMaid of Erin'Milliners & DressmakersEnnis
Callinan ThomasChurch streetGrocersEnnistymon
Carey & Co. *O'Connell streetSaddlers & Harness makersEnnis
Carey P.Moore streetTailorsKilrush
Carmody & HoganMain streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersEnnistymon
Carmody May, MissO'Connell streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Carmody MichaelCarmody streetInsurance AgentsEnnis
Carmody Michael J.Henry streetGrocersKilrush
Carmody Mrs.Ennis roadGrocersKilrush
Carmody PatrickCarmody streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Carmody PatrickParnell streetBakersEnnis
Carmody's Hotel **Abbey streetHotelsEnnis
Carrigg MichaelMain streetGrocersEnnistymon
Carrigg MichaelMain streetSpirit DealersEnnistymon
Carrigg ThomasMain streetChina DealersEnnistymon
Carroll FrederickEdenvaleButter & Egg MerchantsEnnis
Carroll MartinDrumbiggleFarriersEnnis
Carroll PatrickParnell streetBoot MerchantsEnnis
Carroll PatrickParnell streetInsurance AgentsEnnis
Casey-Saddlers & Harness makersEnnis
Casey MartinBallyalley laneBillpostersKilrush
Casey ThomasBusheyparkCarriersEnnis
Cassidy T. F.Parnell streetBoot MerchantsEnnis
Caulfield P.BorheenBillposting etc.Ennis
Cavanagh's HotelO'Curry streetHotelsKilkee Town
Central HotelO'Connell streetHotelsKilkee Town
Clair MichaelChurch streetCoopersEnnistymon
Clair MichaelChurch streetGeneral MerchantsEnnistymon
Clancy J.Moore streetDrapersKilrush
Clancy John JoeVan streetGeneral MerchantsKilrush
Clancy John JoeVan streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersKilrush
Clancy Mary, MissO'Connell streetStationers & NewsagentsEnnis
Clancy PatrickFrancis streetBootmakers & BootwarehousesKilrush
Clancy PatrickFrancis streetDrapersKilrush
Clare Champion'*Upper O'Connell streetNewspapersEnnis
Clare Motor Works**Circular roadMotor Engineers & GaragesKilkee Town
Clifton HotelWest EndHotelsKilkee Town
Clohessy Bridget, Mrs.Lower Market streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Clohessy DavidLiffordSculptorsEnnis
Clune P.Moore streetTailorsKilrush
Coffey E., Mrs.Parnell streetSilk MerchantEnnis
Coghlan Dr.Henry streetPhysicians & SurgeonsKilrush
Coghlan HarryO'Connell streetChemists & DruggistsEnnis
Colgan FreresParnell streetHairdressersEnnis
Collins-Grocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Collins D.O'Connell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Collins D.O'Curry streetGeneral MerchantsKilkee Town
Collins GarrettO'Connell streetGrocersKilkee Town
Collins Maria, Mrs.O'Curry streetSpirit DealersKilkee Town
Collins Mrs.O'Connell streetCollector of Income TaxEnnis
Collins S.O'Curry streetChemists & DruggistsKilkee Town
Collopy MartinO'Connell streetBoot MerchantsEnnis
Comerford Mary A.Henry streetGrocersKilrush
Conlan Susan, Mrs.Moore streetGrocersKilrush
Connihan MauriceFrancis streetDentistsKilrush
Connolly PeterO'Connell streetVictuallersEnnis
Conole & WallMain streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesEnnistymon
Conole & WallMain streetGeneral MerchantsEnnistymon
Conole MariaMain streetGrocersEnnistymon
Conry J. J.Henry streetCycle AgentsKilrush
Considine Helena, MissParnell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Considine Margaret, Mrs.Abbey streetVictuallersEnnis
Considine MichaelFrancis streetBakersKilrush
Considine MichaelO'Connell streetCattle DealersEnnis
Considine MichaelO'Connell streetCollector of Income TaxEnnis
Considine MichaelO'Connell streetGrocers & Licensed VintnersEnnis
Considine MichaelO'Connell streetRestaurantsEnnis
Considine MissDunlickey roadMilliners & DressmakersKilkee Town
Considine MortimerParliament streetMotor CarrierEnnistymon
Considine PatrickChapel laneTailors & OutfittersEnnis
Considine TurlochVale CottageRate CollectorsEnnis
Considine WilliamO'Connell streetFancies (Sweets, Cigarettes etc.)Ennis
Conway MartinMain streetBakersEnnistymon
Conway MartinMain streetSpirit DealersEnnistymon
Conway MartinMain streetTobacconistsEnnistymon
Conway MichaelMain streetNewsagents & StationersEnnistymon
Corry J. J.Henry streetAuctioneerKilrush

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.