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:

Spence MissMain streetMilliners & DressmakersBuncrana
Spence MissWest EndDrapersBundoran
Stephens D. V.Main streetBooksellers & StationersBundoran
Stephens D. V.Main streetChina & Glass DealersBundoran
Stephens E.Castle streetDrapersBallyshannon
Stephens E.Castle streetUndertakersBallyshannon
Stephens E., MissMain streetChina DealersBallyshannon
Stephens E., Miss (Agent)Main streetPullar's Dye WorksBallyshannon
Stephens J.Main streetDrapersBallyshannon
Stephens P. B.Castle streetIronmongersBallyshannon
Stephens P. B., & Co.Castle streetHardware MerchantsBallyshannon
Stewart RobertMain streetChemistsLetterkenny
Strand HotelWest EndHotelsBundoran
Swan J. (Manager)The MallErne FisheriesBallyshannon
Swan Thomas & Co.Ardaravan MillsIronmongersBuncrana
Sweeney B.Port roadGrocersLetterkenny
Sweeney GeorgeMain streetHairdressersLetterkenny
Sweeney HughPort roadBooksellers & StationersLetterkenny
Sweeney HughPort roadBoot Makers & WarehousesLetterkenny
Sweeney J.Commercial HotelSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Sweeney MissMain streetNewsagents & StationersBallyshannon
Sweeney R.Main streetBoot Makers & WarehousesBallyshannon
Sweeney R.Main streetSolicitorsBallyshannon
Sweeney T.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Sweeny RobertMain streetDrapersBallyshannon
The Belleek Pottery CompanyMain streetChina & Glass DealersBundoran
The Donegal Printing CompanyMain streetBooksellers & StationersLetterkenny
The Grafton StoresMain streetChina & Glass DealersLetterkenny
The Medical HallMain streetChemistsBundoran
The Modern PharmacyMarket squareChemistsLetterkenny
Timoney Mrs.West EndHairdressersBundoran
Tullyarvan Milling Co., Ltd. Tullyarvan, BuncranaIronmongersBuncrana
Ulster Bank Ltd.Main streetBanksLetterkenny
Vaughan B.Main streetNewsagents & StationersBallyshannon
Vaughan D.Main streetGrocersBallyshannon
Vaughan D.Main streetHardware MerchantsBallyshannon
Vaughan D.Main streetIronmongersBallyshannon
Vaughan D.Main streetSeed & Manure MerchantsBallyshannon
Vaughan D.Main streetWool MerchantsBallyshannon
Vaughan E.PortnasonBakersBallyshannon
Vaughan E.PortnasonConfectionersBallyshannon
Walker W. N., M.B.Market squarePhysicians & SurgeonsLetterkenny
Walsh P.West PortSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Ward C.OldtownBoot Makers (repairs only)Letterkenny
Ward J.Main streetSpirit DealersBundoran
Ward J.Main streetSolicitorsLetterkenny
Ward JohnMain streetBakersLetterkenny
Ward M. E., M.I.M.E.Erne GarageMotor Engineers & GaragesBallyshannon
Ward MissesMain streetMilliners & DressmakersLetterkenny
Ward Mrs.MallLaundryBallyshannon
Ward T.Market streetPaintersBallyshannon
Ward The MissesBridge EndDrapersBallyshannon
Ward W.Bridge EndSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Ward W.Market streetSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Ward WilliamMarket streetAuctioneersBallyshannon
Warner R.Malin streetVeterinary SurgeonCarndonagh
White GeorgeMain streetSeed & Manure MerchantsBallyshannon
White GeorgeThe BarrackGrocersBallyshannon
Wilkinson J.Main streetUndertakersLetterkenny
Wilkinson J.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Winters J.East EndGrocersBundoran
Woods J. J.MallSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Wray J.Main streetSolicitorsLetterkenny
Wylie Station squareButter & Egg MerchantsLetterkenny
Wynn BrothersMain streetTailorsBundoran

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.