1931 Trade Directory, Co. Donegal

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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Anderson & AndersonMain streetAuctioneersBallyshannon
Anderson BrothersMain streetGrocersBallyshannon
Anderson FrederickHollymountMillersCarndonagh
Anderson J.Main street & MallVictuallersBallyshannon
Anderson J.Main street & MallWool MerchantsBallyshannon
Anderson N.Main streetCattle DealersBallyshannon
Anderson R., & Co.Main streetGrocersBallyshannon
Anderson R., & Co.Main streetSeed & Manure MerchantsBallyshannon
Assaroe HotelMain streetHotelsBallyshannon
Atlantic HotelEast EndHotelsBundoran
Baird R. A.Main streetGrocersLetterkenny
Bannon JamesBundrowes FisheryFish MerchantsBundoran
Barr E.Main streetBuildersBuncrana
Barr E.Main streetUndertakersBuncrana
Barr JohnMain streetDrapersBuncrana
Barr JohnMain streetTailorsBuncrana
Barr's Temperance HotelMain streetHotelsBuncrana
Barry Mrs.West PortMilliners & DressmakersBallyshannon
Battisti BrothersMain streetConfectionersBuncrana
Battisti BrothersMain streetTobacconistsBuncrana
Beatty Mrs.Main streetGreen Grocers & Fruit MerchantsBundoran
Belfast Banking Co. Ltd.Main streetBanksBundoran
Belfast Banking Co., Ltd.Main streetBanksLetterkenny
Benson JamesMain streetDrapersLetterkenny
Bigger W.Bishop streetButter & Egg MerchantsBallyshannon
Boner T. J., Mrs.Main streetGrocersLetterkenny
Bonnar HughTullaghanGeneral MerchantsBundoran
Bovaird MichaelMain streetTailorsBuncrana
Boyle DenisMarket squareWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Boyle M.East PortOculistBallyshannon
Boyle WilliamMain streetGrocersLetterkenny
Bradley M. A.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Brady BernardThe West End BarSpirit DealersBundoran
Brennan D.Main streetGrocersBuncrana
Brennan DenisMain streetButter & Egg MerchantsBuncrana
Brennan DenisMain streetHardware MerchantsBuncrana
Breslin M.Bridge EndSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Breslin P.Main streetSpirit & Wine DealersBuncrana
Bridge Hotel-HotelsBundoran
Brodin J.Malin streetButter & Egg MerchantsCarndonagh
Brodin J.Malin streetChina & Glass DealersCarndonagh
Brogan & ClarkePound streetPainters & DecoratorsCarndonagh
Buchanan's Motor Services DepotRamelton roadMotor Engineers & GaragesLetterkenny
Buncrana Co-Operative Society Ltd.Market squareGrocersBuncrana
Burns J.The Bundoran StudioPhotographersBundoran
Butler S. R.Bank PlaceGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Butler StephenBank PlaceBooksellers & StationersCarndonagh
Butler StephenBank PlaceCycle AgentsCarndonagh
Butler StephenBank PlaceHardware MerchantsCarndonagh
Butler StephenBank PlaceIronmongersCarndonagh

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.