1931 Trade Directory, Co. Cork

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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A. C. Horne & Co.Lynch's quayLloyd's AgentCobh
A. CotterScott squareGrocersCobh
A. H. Ledlie L.R.C.P., & S.I.WestbournePhysicians & SurgeonsCobh
A. H., Allen & SonsWestbourne placeSolicitorsCobh
Ahern-BakersCork City
Ahern D.Wolfe Tone streetCattle Exporters Cork City
Allen J. J.The Lee Pharmacy, St. Luke'sChemists & DruggistsCork City
American Shoe Co.Patrick streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Andrews & Co.Patrick streetBooksellersCork City
Atkins J. & Co., LtdSouth MallAgricultural Implement MerchantsCork City
Atkins, Chirnside & Co.South MallAuctioneers & AuditorsCork City
Baker & WrightAcademy streetCement Merchants Cork City
Baker & WrightAcademy streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Baker R. B.MacCurtain streetCycle & Motor AgentsCork City
BarrettEast BeachTobacconistsCobh
Barrett FrankParliament streetBooksellersCork City
Barrett Mrs.Oliver Plunket streetConfectionersCork City
Barry & HylandPatrick streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Barry Mrs.Douglas streetBakersCork City
Barry Thomas & Co.Academy streetAuctioneersCork City
Bass, Ratcliffe & Gretton Ltd. Lavitt's quayBrewers Distributing DepotsCork City
Beamish & Crawford LtdSouth Main streetBrewersCork City
Beamish S. C. A.Marlboro' streetAuctioneers & AuditorsCork City
Beck James A., & Co., Ltd.Deane streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Blair G. & Co.Cook streetBookbindersCork City
Blair John & SonPatrick streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Bolton C. V.Bridge streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Booth & Fox, Ltd.Lavitt's quayCurled Hair ManufacturersCork City
Booth & Fox., Ltd.Lavitt's quayBedding Manufacturers Cork City
Bowen J. J., M.R.I.A.I., F.S.I.FermoyArchitectsCork City
Boyd-Barrett J. R., A.R.I.B.A., M.R.I.A.I.South MallArchitectsCork City
Bradley P. J.Lancaster quayConfectionersCork City
Brennan James & SonTuckey streetBottle MerchantsCork City
Brennan James & SonsTuckey streetCork CuttersCork City
British Portland Cement Co.Copley streetCement Merchants Cork City
Broderick John D., M.P.S.I.Barrack streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Brown & O'SullivanMcCurtain streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Brown & ThompsonPatrick streetArtificial Manure MerchantsCork City
Brown, Thompson & Co.Patrick streetAgricultural Implement MerchantsCork City
Browne & Nolan LtdCook streetBooksellersCork City
Browning & JagoeGrand ParadeAgricultural Implement MerchantsCork City
Browning & JagoeWashington streetArtificial Manure MerchantsCork City
Buchan W. J., A.R.I.B.A.South MallArchitectsCork City
Buckley E.Lavitt's quayCabinet & Furniture MakersCork City
Buckley EdwardLavitt's quayBedding Manufacturers Cork City
Buckley JohnGrattan streetBuilders & ContractorsCork City
Buckley T. & SonsBallyphehane roadCattle Exporters Cork City
Building GuildJohn streetBuilders & ContractorsCork City
Burke JohnPatrick streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Burke LukePatrick streetClothiers & OutfittersCork City

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.