1931 Trade Directory, Co. Galway

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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Lynch BrothersThe Sq.Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
Mahon P.Cross St.GrocersAthenry
Mahon PatrickCross St.PublicansAthenry
Manning JosephBridge St.PublicansAthenry
McCabe JosephNorthgate St.GrocersAthenry
McCabe JosephNorthgate St.TobacconistsAthenry
Mills A. J.,B.M.S., N.U.I.Murphy's HotelDentistAthenry
Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd -BanksAthenry
Nolan Mrs.Northgate St.PublicansAthenry
Nolan P. J.Northgate St.GrocersAthenry
Nolan R. P.Old Church HillBakerAthenry
Nolan R. P.Old Church St.GrocersAthenry
Nolan R. P.Old Church St.PublicansAthenry
O'Flynn'sThe Sq.DrapersAthenry
O'Neill Mrs.The Sq.Bootmakers & Boot WarehousesAthenry
O'Neill Mrs.The Sq.DrapersAthenry
O'Neill Mrs.The Sq.Provision DealersAthenry
O'Neill Mrs.The Sq.PublicansAthenry
O'Neill Mrs.Cross St.PublicansAthenry
O'Neill P.The Sq.BakerAthenry
O'Neill P.The Sq.ChemistsAthenry
O'Neill Patrick J.The Sq.GrocersAthenry
Quinn BrothersOld Church St.Coach BuildersAthenry
Railway HotelOpposite StationHotelsAthenry
Regan ThomasNorthgate St.SculptorAthenry
Reynolds D.Old Church St.PublicansAthenry
Rooney MissNorthgate St.PublicansAthenry
Ruane's Chemical WorksAthenryFertiliser ManufacturersAthenry
Ruane'sNorthgate St.Bottler (Wholesale)Athenry
Ruane'sNorthgate St.Cycle AgentsAthenry
Ruane'sNorthgate St.GrocersAthenry
Ruane'sNorthgate St.Motor Engineers & GaragesAthenry
Ruane'sNorthgate St.Provision DealersAthenry
Ryan MissNorthgate St.PublicansAthenry
Shields Vincent P.-SolicitorAthenry
Sweeney J. M.Old Church St.Provision DealersAthenry
Sweeney J. M.Old Church St.PublicansAthenry
Sweeney JosephCross St.Cycle AgentsAthenry
Sweeney JosephCross St.PublicansAthenry
Ulster Bank Ltd.-BanksAthenry
Walshe J.Northgate St.PublicansAthenry
Arcade Drapery Co.Shop St.DrapersTuam
Bank of IrelandShop St.BanksTuam
Begley E.Shop St.DrapersTuam
Browne Mrs.The Sq.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Burke D. H., & SonShop St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Burke JohnDublin Rd.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Butler Daniel J.The Sq.DrapersTuam
Byrne P.Vicar St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Byrne PatrickVicar St.Cycle AgentsTuam
Cahill M. W.TuamWool BuyersTuam
Cahill & Co.Bishop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Cahill T. J. & Co.Vicar St.AuctioneersTuam
Cahill Thomas J.Vicar St.General MerchantTuam
Cahill's Vicutalling StoresVicar St.VictuallersTuam
Canavan E.High St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Canavan P.Vicar St.AuctioneersTuam
Canney BrothersThe Sq.DrapersTuam
Carroll's BakeryHigh St.BakersTuam
Central HotelShop St.HotelsTuam
CinemaThe MallCinemaTuam
Cloran's BakeryShop St.BakersTuam
Concannon Wm., J.Bishop St.SolicitorsTuam
Concanon Henry & Co.Circular Rd.SolicitorsTuam
Connaught Arms HotelVicar St.HotelsTuam
Connaught TribuneVicar St.NewspapersTuam
Connaught WarehouseBishop St.DrapersTuam
Connaughton MichaelShop St.Cycle AgentsTuam
Connaughton MichaelShop St.Hardware & IronmongeryTuam
Connelly JohnShop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Conway & QuinnDublin Rd.SolicitorsTuam
Cooney M.Shop St.AuctioneersTuam
Corbet DanielOld Rd.TailorsTuam
Corcoran & Co.The BridgeUndertakersTuam
Corcoran BrothersThe BridgeGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Corcoran John H.The BridgeEgg MerchantsTuam
Corcoran MartinTullinadaly Rd.UndertakersTuam
Costello T. B. M.D., D.P.HBishop St.Physicians & SurgeonsTuam
Crean P.The Sq.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Creighton HenryTullinadaly Rd.Car & Coach BuildersTuam
Cullinane PatrickBishop St.TailorsTuam
Cummins JamesBishop St.DrapersTuam
Cunningham Kate, Mrs.Shop St.FruiterersTuam
Cunningham ThomasThe Sq.UndertakersTuam
De Mangeat R.The Sq.DentistsTuam
Dempsey PatrickHigh St.VictuallersTuam
Dennehy GeorgeVicar St.Saddlers & Harness-makersTuam
Donoghue PatrickHigh St.Saddlers & Harness-makersTuam
Dwyer PatrickVicar St.Motor Engineers & GaragesTuam
Egan FrankBishop St.Motor Engineers & GaragesTuam
Egan FrankBishop St.Stone & Marble WorksTuam
Egan John & SonRailway placeMineral Water ManufacturersTuam
Egan Mary, Mrs.Shop St.MillinerTuam
Fahey (sic) JamesShop St.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsTuam
Fahy & Co.The Sq.Boot & Shoe MerchantsTuam
Fahy & Co.The Sq.DrapersTuam
Fahy EdwardBishop St.TailorsTuam
Fahy JamesShop St.Boot & Shoe MerchantsTuam
Ffrench BrothersVicar St.Cycle AgentsTuam
Gannon James"The Shambles"Egg MerchantsTuam

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.