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:

Phelan's HotelMain streetHotelsDingle
Provincial Bank Ltd.Main streetBanksDingle
Provincial Bank Ltd.West Main streetBanksCahirciveen
Provincial Bank of Ireland Ltd.Main streetBanksKenmare
Quilter J.Green streetDentistsDingle
Quinlan JohnNew roadBakersKenmare
Railway HotelKilgarvanHotelsKenmare
Randles BrothersShelbourne streetMotor Engineers & GaragesKenmare
Randles MissHenry streetChina DealersKenmare
Randles MissHenry streetConfectionersKenmare
Rayel J.The MallTailorsDingle
Reardon Jeremiah (Reps)Main streetVictuallersCahirciveen
Rosney Patrick H.Newmarket streetSolicitorsCahirciveen
Ryle MichaelSec. Dingle Cons. ClubClubDingle
Scanlon P.Upper Main streetTailorsDingle
Scully Dr.Main streetPhysicians & SurgeonsDingle
Shea James J.West Main streetBoot MakersCahirciveen
Shea JohnNewmarket streetGrocersCahirciveen
Sheehan B.West Main streetChina DealersCahirciveen
Sheehan BartholomewVilla NovaAuctioneerCahirciveen
Sheehan Christopher J.West Main streetGrocersCahirciveen
Sheehan Christopher J.West Main streetHardware MerchantsCahirciveen
Sheehan EllenMain streetChina DealersKenmare
Sheehan JohnHenry streetBoot MakersKenmare
Sheehan MaryWest Main streetGrocersCahirciveen
Sheehan Michael P.15 Main streetDrapersCahirciveen
Sheehan's HotelSneemHotelsKenmare
Sheehy DenisWest Main streetButter & Egg MerchantsCahirciveen
Sheehy MargaretGreen streetButter & Egg MerchantsDingle
Sheehy MargaretGreen streetTobacconistsDingle
Sheehy MargaretMain streetGrocersDingle
Sheehy PatrickStrand streetVintnersDingle
Shuel JamesRailway streetSolicitorsCahirciveen
Slattery J. M. & Sons, MessrsThe CreameryButter & Egg MerchantsDingle
Southern HotelParknasillaHotelsKenmare
Sullivan D.KillaghSpirit DealersKenmare
Sullivan Timothy, Mrs.Newmarket streetGrocersCahirciveen
Sweetman & Williams Main streetGrocersCahirciveen
Sweetman W. S.Main streetTobacconistsCahirciveen
Talbot HenryNew streetChina DealersCahirciveen
The Cinema-CinemaDingle
The Dingle Conservative ClubGreen streetClubDingle
The Dingle Golf LinksDoonsheenGolf LinksDingle
The Dingle PharmacyStrand streetChemistsDingle
The Iveragh StoresNew streetCoal ImportersCahirciveen
The Iveragh StoresNew streetHardware MerchantsCahirciveen
The Iveragh StoresNew streetTimber MerchantsCahirciveen
The Rexall PharmacyStrand streetChemistsDingle
Treanor MichaelMain streetChina DealersKenmare
Treanor MichaelMain streetGrocersKenmare
Tuohy Mary-Spirit DealersKenmare
Vickery Georgina A.Henry streetSpirit DealersKenmare
Walsh CharlesChurch streetGrocersCahirciveen
Walsh CharlesMain streetSpirit DealersCahirciveen
Walsh JamesMain streetAuctioneerCahirciveen
Walsh JamesMain streetSpirit DealersCahirciveen
Walsh Thomas M., M.P.S.I.Green streetChemistsDingle
Williams -GrocersCahirciveen

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.