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:

Stack* E.North Main streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Stapleton & Co.South MallAuctioneers & AuditorsCork City
States HotelWestbourne placeHotelsCobh
Stephen MoynihanHarbour rowConfectioners & RestaurantsCobh
Sullivan-Coal Merchants Cork City
Sullivan JamesLower George streetCarriersCork City
Sullivan Joseph & SonsGrenville placeBuilders Providers Cork City
Sullivan'sOliver Plunket streetBooksellersCork City
Suttons LtdSouth MallAgricultural Implement MerchantsCork City
Suttons LtdSouth MallArtificial Manure MerchantsCork City
Suttons LtdSouth MallCoal Merchants Cork City
Suttons LtdSouth MallCorn Merchants Cork City
T. D'ArcyPearse's (King's) squareGrocersCobh
T. FarrellHarbour rowTailorsCobh
T. GriffinHarbour terraceGrocersCobh
T. WhiteWestbourne placeChemistsCobh
TalisburySea ViewPhysicians & SurgeonsCobh
Teaman & Co.Scott squareArmy & Navy ContractorsCobh
Teaman & Co.Scott's squareGrocersCobh
Tedcastle McCormick & Co. Ltd.Lapp's quayCoal Merchants Cork City
Temperance HotelScott's squareHotelsCobh
The Hanover Shoe Co. Ltd.Hanover streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
The Lee-CinemasCork City
The Main Colliery Co.RocksavageCoal Merchants Cork City
The Munster Arcade Furniture FactoryOliver Plunket streetCabinet & Furniture MakersCork City
Thomas MathewBarrack streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Thomas MurrayScott's buildingsLaundrymenCobh
Thomas Murray East BeachTobacconistsCobh
Thompson-Agricultural Implement MerchantsCork City
Thompson F. H. & Son, Ltd.MacCurtain streetBakersCork City
Thompson F. H. & Son, Ltd.MacCurtain streetConfectionersCork City
Thos O'ConnorHarbour rowBoot & Shoe MerchantsCobh
Three C's Butter Co.Drawbridge streetBuilders Providers Cork City
Tooms D. W.Copley streetCoal Merchants Cork City
True Form Boot Co.Patrick streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
Tucker M., L.P.S.I.Longford row, CapwellChemists & DruggistsCork City
TwomeyRoche's rowMotor Engineers & GaragesCobh
Twomey MauriceWatercourse roadCattle Exporters Cork City
Twomey PatrickWellington roadConfectionersCork City
Tyler & SonsWest BeachBoot & Shoe MerchantsCobh
Tyler J. & Sons, Ltd.Patrick streetBoot & Shoe MerchantsCork City
U.S., Lines S.S. Co.Westbourne placeShipping AgentsCobh
U.S.A.Consulate, CobhConsular Representatives Cork City
Urney Chocolates Ltd.Patrick streetChocolate Manufacturers (Agent)Cork City
V. LottiHarbour rowTailorsCobh
Verdon Private HospitalWellington roadBathsCork City
W. E. AhernWest BeachDrapersCobh
W. GlassonThe RanchPainters & DecoratorsCobh
W. HealyMidleton streetGrocersCobh
W. J. Barrett-GrocersCobh
W. WillcoxCloyne terracePress CorrespondentsCobh
Walker RobertSouth MallArchitectsCork City
Wallace RichardMerchant streetCarriersCork City
Wallis & SonGt. Southern railwayCarriersCobh
Wallis John & SonsAnderson's quayCarriersCork City
Walsh JohnOliver Plunket streetCattle Exporters Cork City
Walsh TimothyGreat William streetBuilders & ContractorsCork City
Walter WilliamsConnelly streetGrocersCobh
Washington Cinema Ltd. Washington streetCinemasCork City
Washington Clothing Factory Little Anne streetReady-to-wear Clothes Cork City
Washington Clothing Factory LtdLittle Anne streetClothiers & OutfittersCork City
Waters James & Son Ltd.Winthrop streetChemists & DruggistsCork City
Watson E., Mrs.Clancarty Bldgs., Oliver Plunket st.BooksellersCork City
Westbourne Hotel (Carroll's)Westbourne placeHotelsCobh
Whittaker Edward E.Knapp's squareBuilders Providers Cork City
William MillwoodWest BeachDrapersCobh
Wm. McDonnellProp. Temperance HotelHotelsCobh
Wood William G., & SonsMarlborough streetAuctioneersCork City
Woodward JosephCook streetAuctioneersCork City
Wright-Cement Merchants Cork City
Young John & Sons, Ltd.West Washington streetCorn Merchants Cork 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.