1931 Trade Directory, Co. Kilkenny

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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Abbey Hotel N/AMain streetHotelGraiguenamanagh
Bennett JamesTinnehinchFruitererGraiguenamanagh
Bennett JamesTinnehinchGreengrocerGraiguenamanagh
Bergin ThomasCastlecomerAuctioneerCastlecomer
Bergin ThomasCastlecomerGrocerCastlecomer
Bergin ThomasCastlecomerShipping AgentCastlecomer
Bergin ThomasKilkenny streetBakerCastlecomer
Boland JamesTinnehinchGrocerGraiguenamanagh
Boland JamesTinnehinchPublicanGraiguenamanagh
Bolger JamesMill streetPublicanCallan
Bolger PatrickHigh streetFruitererGraiguenamanagh
Bolger PatrickHigh streetTobacconistGraiguenamanagh
Bolger PatrickTinnehinchGrocerGraiguenamanagh
Bolger PatrickTinnehinchIronmongers & Hardware MerchantsGraiguenamanagh
Bolger ThomasHigh streetConfectionerGraiguenamanagh
Bradley MichaelBridge streetPainter & ContractorCallan
Bredin W.Bridge streetChemistCallan
Brenan C.Kilkenny streetIronmongerCastlecomer
Brenan C.Kilkenny streetLeather MerchantCastlecomer
Brennan C.Kilkenny streetBakerCastlecomer
Brennan C.Kilkenny streetGrocerCastlecomer
Brennan M.Barrack streetTailorCastlecomer
Burke P.Bridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Byrne S., Mrs.Main streetDraperGraiguenamanagh
Callanan M. R., Mrs.None listedCallanan's Commercial HotelCallan
Cannavan J. J.Bridge streetBakerCallan
Cantwell J. J.Kilkenny streetPublicanCastlecomer
Cantwell John J.Kilkenny streetGrocerCastlecomer
Carpenter KateChatsworth streetConfectionerCastlecomer
Castlecomer Co-oper**Kilkenny streetMotor Garages & EngineersCastlecomer
Cody MissHigh streetMillinerGraiguenamanagh
Collins T.The SquareGrocerCastlecomer
Collins ThomasThe SquareBakerCastlecomer
Collins ThomasThe SquareIronmongerCastlecomer
Comerford MartinBarrack streetVictuallerCastlecomer
Comerford MissKilkenny streetGrocerCastlecomer
Commercial HotelMain streetHotelGraiguenamanagh
Commercial HotelThe SquareHotelCastlecomer
Condon M.Green streetHardware MerchantCallan
Coogan B.Barrack streetDraperCastlecomer
Coogan B., Mrs.Barrack streetPublicanCastlecomer
Co-operative Society Ltd N/AGreen streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Curran P.Kilkenny streetBakerCastlecomer
Curran P.Kilkenny streetPublicanCastlecomer
Cushion P.High streetWoolen Merchant & ManufacturerGraiguenamanagh
Cushion PhilipUpper MillsMillerGraiguenamanagh
Dalton JohnCallanCycle AgentCallan
Darcy JamesLower Main streetChina & Glass DealerGraiguenamanagh
Darcy JamesMain streetGeneral MerchantGraiguenamanagh
Delahunty BernardWest streetHardware MerchantCallan

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.