1931 Trade Directory, Co. Kerry

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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Adams A. & A.Main streetDrapersDingle
Adams A. & A.Main streetVintnersDingle
Adams A. & A., MissesMain streetGrocersDingle
Aldwell Nora, Mrs.Main streetGrocersKenmare
Aldwell Nora, Mrs.Main streetNewsagentsKenmare
Aldwell Nora, Mrs.Main streetSpirit DealersKenmare
Arthur CharlesHenry streetNewsagentsKenmare
Arthur CharlesHenry streetWatchmaker & JewellerKenmare
Arthur PatrickHenry streetGrocersKenmare
Ashe B., Mrs.Strand streetGrocersDingle
Ashe BridgetStrand streetCoal MerchantsDingle
Ashe Bridget, Mrs.Strand streetVintnersDingle
Ashe James G.Main streetGrocersDingle
Ashe James G.Main streetVintnersDingle
Ashe James J.Main streetVintnersDingle
Atkins John & Co.Main streetCorn MerchantsDingle
Atkins John & Co. Ltd.Main streetGrocersDingle
Atkins John & Co. Ltd.Main streetIronmongersDingle
Atkins John & Co. Ltd.Main streetTobacconistsDingle
Atkins John & Co. Ltd.-Hardware MerchantsDingle
Atkins Messrs & Co.Main streetCycle AgentsDingle
Baker Thomas J.Main streetSteamship AgentsDingle
Barrett JamesThe MallVintnersDingle
Barrett Jas.The MallBootmakersDingle
Barrett TimothyMain streetGrocersDingle
Barrett TimothyMain streetSteamship AgentsDingle
Bayview HotelWatervilleHotelsCahirciveen
Bell JohnBridge streetBakersKenmare
Bell Mrs.The SquareConfectionersKenmare
Benner GeorginaMain streetVintnersDingle
Benner's Hotel-HotelsDingle
Bennett D. S.Railway streetChemistsCahirciveen
Bowler Patrick, M.P.S.I.Main streetChemistsDingle
Breen JeremiahMain streetVictuallersCahirciveen
Brennan CharlesMain streetGrocersCahirciveen
Brennan CharlesNewmarket streetBakersCahirciveen
Brennan CharlesNewmarket streetGrocersCahirciveen
Brennan Charles (Reps)Main streetBakersCahirciveen
Brennan Charles, RepsMain streetNewsagentsCahirciveen
Buckley Con.Main streetGrocersKenmare
Buckley CorneliusMain streetSpirit DealersKenmare
Buckley LaurenceHenry streetCycle AgentsKenmare
Butler Arms Hotel WatervilleHotelsCahirciveen
Cahirciveen Motor WorksChurch streetMotor Engineers & GaragesCahirciveen
Cantwell E. L.ManagerIce FactoryCahirciveen
Casey E., MissHenry streetChina DealersKenmare
Casey E., MissHenry streetDrapersKenmare
Casey JohnMarket streetTailorsKenmare
Casey MichaelNewmarket streetGrocersCahirciveen
Casey N. E., MissHenry streetGrocersKenmare

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.