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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Caldwell H.MallBakersBallyshannon
Caldwell H.MallConfectionersBallyshannon
Callaghan J.DiamondBootmakers & RepairersCarndonagh
Callaghan M.West endGrocersBuncrana
Callaghan MichaelWest endSpirit & Wine DealersBuncrana
Callaghan MissMain streetDrapersBuncrana
Callaghan P.DiamondGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Cameron J.East EndTailorsBundoran
Campbell B.Main streetSpirit & Wine DealersBuncrana
Campbell B.-GrocersBuncrana
Campbell BrothersAbbey MillsMillersBallyshannon
Campbell D.PortnasonButter & Egg MerchantsBallyshannon
Campbell HumphreyHillview, BuncranaBuildersBuncrana
Campbell Mrs.West PortDrapersBallyshannon
Campbell P.East PortVictuallersBallyshannon
Cannon MissThe MallDepot for Hand Made Woolen GoodsBallyshannon
Canny Celia, MissChapel streetFruiterersCarndonagh
Canny NealPound streetVictuallersCarndonagh
Canny's HotelThe DiamondHotelsCarndonagh
Carberry ConnellMain streetWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Carndonagh Motor CompanyChapel streetMotor Engineers & GaragesCarndonagh
Carrigan J. J.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Carroll JamesThe East End BarSpirit DealersBundoran
Carroll MichaelEast EndDrapersBundoran
Carroll MichaelEast EndGrocersBundoran
Carroll MichaelMain streetBoot Makers & WarehousesBundoran
Carroll MichaelMain streetNewsagentsBundoran
Carroll P.Railway terraceWine & Spirit MerchantsLetterkenny
Cassidy J.CoolcolleyCattle DealersBallyshannon
Cassidy JohnBundrowes FisheryFish MerchantsBundoran
Cassidy M.Erne ViewCattle DealersBallyshannon
Cassidy M.Main streetVictuallersBallyshannon
Cassidy MichaelThe BarrackSpirit DealersBallyshannon
Central HotelMain streetHotelsBundoran
Chapman BrothersEast EndGrocersBundoran
Cheap Cash StoresLower Main streetGrocersLetterkenny
Clancy P.Main streetVictuallersBundoran
Clarke-Painters & DecoratorsCarndonagh
Cleary A.Bishop streetBuildersBallyshannon
Cleary JamesMain streetGrocersBundoran
Cleary PatrickEast EndSpirit DealersBundoran
Cleary T.Bishop streetBakersBallyshannon
Cleary T.Bishop streetConfectionersBallyshannon
Closkey M. & Co.St. Helens FactoryShirt ManufacturersBuncrana
Cole RobertPost OfficeBooksellers & StationersBuncrana
Cole Sarah, Mrs.Bridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Coleman W.MallChina DealersBallyshannon
Coleman W. & D.MallBoot Makers & WarehousesBallyshannon
Colhoun J.Main streetCycle AgentsLetterkenny
Colquhoun I. J. T.Main streetSolicitorsBuncrana
Commercial Hotel-HotelsBuncrana
Commercial HotelWest PortHotelsBallyshannon
Conlan C., & Co.Great Western WarehouseGrocersBundoran
Conlan C., & Co.Great Western WarehouseUndertakersBundoran
Conlan ChristopherGreat Western WarehouseAuctioneersBundoran
Conlan Christopher & Co.Great Western WarehouseIronmongersBundoran
Conlan Christopher & Co.Main streetHardware MerchantsBundoran
Conlan P. & Co.BundoranAuctioneersBundoran
Conlan P. & Co.Main streetCoal MerchantsBundoran
Conlan P., & Co.Main streetGrocersBundoran
Conlan P., & Co.Main streetHardware MerchantsBundoran
Conlan P., & Co.Main streetIronmongersBundoran
Conlan P., & Co.Main streetUndertakersBundoran
Connolly P.East PortGrocersBallyshannon
Conroy & Co.-Wool MerchantsBuncrana
Conwal Co-Operative SocietyMain streetChina & Glass DealersLetterkenny
Conwal Co-operative Society, Ltd.Main streetGrocersLetterkenny
Corry'sMain streetGrocersLetterkenny
Coyle H.-Painters & DecoratorsLetterkenny
Coyle J.-Painters & DecoratorsLetterkenny
Coyle R.Erne streetBillpostersBallyshannon
Coyle WilliamMain streetWatchmakers & JewellersLetterkenny
Cramsie W.DiamondGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Crawford & AikenVictoria roadBuildersBuncrana
Crerand C. E.Main streetDrapersLetterkenny
Croal P. J.Main streetNewsagents & StationersBallyshannon
Crosson W. J.DiamondGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Crowder C. F.Main streetConfectionersBundoran
Crowder G. F.Brighton TerracePhotographersBundoran
Cullen J.Lower Main streetBoot Makers & WarehousesLetterkenny
Cullen J.Main streetDrapersLetterkenny
Cullen J.Main streetTailorsLetterkenny
Cullen JohnHigh roadBoot Makers & WarehousesLetterkenny
Cullen MissModern PharmacyChemistsLetterkenny
Cullen P.Major's laneCoal MerchantsLetterkenny
Cutlipp JackMain streetHairdressersBuncrana
Daly DanBundrowes FisheryFish MerchantsBundoran
Daly P.RockBoot Makers & WarehousesBallyshannon
Daly P. H.Main streetDrapersBallyshannon
Davis J. A.Port roadDentistLetterkenny
Dereen Private HotelMain streetHotelsBallyshannon
Diver D.Main streetUndertakersLetterkenny
Dobson RobertMain streetBoot Makers & WarehousesLetterkenny
Doherty & Co.DiamondTobacconistsCarndonagh
Doherty & Co.The DiamondGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCarndonagh
Doherty & SmithDiamond, CarnloughAuctioneersCarndonagh
Doherty Annie, MissCorner HouseConfectionersCarndonagh
Doherty ArthurBridge streetConfectionersCarndonagh
Doherty ArthurBridge streetTobacconistsCarndonagh

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.