1931 Trade Directory, Co. Kildare

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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Abbin J. J.Eyre streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNewbridge
Aherne F.Charlotte streetMerchant TailorsNewbridge
Anderson F.George's streetCab & Car ProprietorsNewbridge
Anderson F.George's streetUndertakersNewbridge
Anthony MichaelRiver ViewAuctioneersAthy
Athy Auctioneering Co., Ltd.The SquareAuctioneersAthy
Athy Tea RoomsLeinster streetRestaurantsAthy
Barber JamesKilcullenMotor Engineer & GarageKilcullen
Bates G.Duke streetDrapersAthy
Berman A.Charlotte streetDentistsNewbridge
Bermingham J. P.South Main streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsNaas
Berney P.North Main streetSaddlers & Harness MakersNaas
Berney PatrickNorth Main streetVictuallersNaas
Berney ThomasGilltownSaddlerKilcullen
Berns LaurenceFair ViewCab & Car ProprietorsKildare
Birney J.Meeting lanePosting EstablishmentsAthy
Blane HenryMarket squareBlacksmithsKildare
Boland DanielMarket squareGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsKildare
Boland DanielThe SquareDrapersKildare
Boland E.KildareSolicitorsKildare
Bonar E.Main streetDrapersNewbridge
Boushell P.South Main streetBootmakersNaas
Boyne BrothersBasin streetHairdressersNaas
Brady PatrickEyre streetCab & Car ProprietorsNewbridge
Brady PatrickEyre streetUndertakersNewbridge
Brennan D. & SonKilcullenGeneral MerchantKilcullen
Brennan D. & Son, M.I.A.A.KilcullenAuctioneersKilcullen
Brennan D. & SonsSouth Main st. & KilcullenAuctioneersNaas
Brennan LeoMarket squareVictuallersKildare
Brennan T.Leinster streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Brennan T. J.Duke streetDrapersAthy
Brennan T. J.Duke streetTailorsAthy
Broe & Co.North Main streetVictuallersNaas
Brogan T.Duke streetFarrier & Shoeing SmithAthy
Brophy MartinWilliam streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit DealersAthy
Brown & McCannSouth Main streetSolicitorsNaas
Brown RonaldSouth Main streetSolicitorsNaas
Browne Dr. O'DonelGortnagrenaPhysicians & SurgeonsNaas
Browne W. T. M., M.R.C.V.S.AbbeyfieldVeterinary SurgeonsNaas
Burke BrothersClaregate streetMotor GaragesKildare
Burke E. & F.Market squareCycle AgentsKildare
Burke E. & F.Market squareGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchtsKildare
Byrne B. M., MissDuke streetConfectionersAthy
Byrne James J.KilcullenAuctioneersKilcullen
Byrne James J.KilcullenGenral MerchantKilcullen
Byrne James J.KilcullenUndertakerKilcullen
Byrne MissDuke streetRestaurantsAthy
Byrne MissDuke streetRestaurantsAthy
Byrne P. J.Emily squareSolicitorsAthy
Byrne ThomasTully roadBootmakersKildare

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.