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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O'Brien Michael J.Upper Main streetPublicanGraiguenamanagh
O'Connell MichaelHigh streetGrocerGraiguenamanagh
O'Connell MichaelHigh streetPublicanGraiguenamanagh
O'Connell MichaelHigh streetWireless AgentGraiguenamanagh
O'Donnell & DoranMain streetAuctioneerGraiguenamanagh
O'Hanrahan M., Mrs.Main streetDraperGraiguenamanagh
O'Hanrahan M., Mrs.Main streetPublicanGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary JohnLower Main streetBakerGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary JohnLower Main streetBooksellers & StationersGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary JohnLower Main streetChina & Glass DealerGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary JohnLower Main streetConfectionerGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary JohnLower Main streetFruitererGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary PatrickMain streetBakerGraiguenamanagh
O'Leary PatrickMain streetCoal MerchantGraiguenamanagh
O'Mahoney MaryBridge streetVictuallerCallan
O'Malley PatrickBridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
O'Neill MaryGreen streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
O'Shea B.Green streetDraperCallan
O'Shea HenryUpper Main streetPainters & DecoratorGraiguenamanagh
O'Shea PierceChapel streetPainters & DecoratorGraiguenamanagh
O'Shea WilliamLower Main streetDraperGraiguenamanagh
O'Shea WilliamLower Main streetGrocerGraiguenamanagh
O'Shea WilliamLower Main streetPublicanGraiguenamanagh
Owens L.Barrack streetTailorCastlecomer
Parker E. W.CoolbawnAuctioneerCastlecomer
Parsons MichaelMain streetUndertakerGraiguenamanagh
Parsons MichaelMain streetVictuallerGraiguenamanagh
Phelan J. M.Bridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Phelan P. J.,West streetDoctorCallan
Pierce ThomasThe SquareBakerCastlecomer
Pierce ThomasThe SquareGeneral MerchantCastlecomer
Pierce ThomasThe SquareGrocerCastlecomer
Pollard JamesGreen streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Pollard P.Bridge streetDraperCallan
Pope R.Bridge streetHairdresserCallan
Prendergast JohnMain streetGeneral MerchantGraiguenamanagh
Prendergast JohnMain streetUndertakerGraiguenamanagh
Prendergast not givenMain streetIronmongers & Hardware MerchantsGraiguenamanagh
Quinn JosephKilkenny streetBoot WarehouseCastlecomer
Quinn JosephKilkenny streetLeather MerchantCastlecomer
Quinn's Not givenKilkenny streetDraperCastlecomer
Ring MartinBarrack streetBoot WarehouseCastlecomer
Ring MartinBarrack streetDraperCastlecomer
Ryan Bridget, Mrs.Bridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Ryan EdwardUpper Main streetHairdresserGraiguenamanagh
Ryan J. V.The SquarePhysicians & SurgeonsCastlecomer
Ryan MaryHigh streetDraperGraiguenamanagh
Ryan P.Lower Main streetPublicanGraiguenamanagh
Ryan PatrickAnchor HotelCoal MerchantGraiguenamanagh
Ryan PatrickLower Main streetGeneral MerchantGraiguenamanagh
Ryan PatrickMain streetGrocerGraiguenamanagh
Ryan's Anchor HotelMain streetHotelGraiguenamanagh
Shea M.Kilkenny streetGrocerCastlecomer
Shelly M.Green streetDraperCallan
Shelly T. M., Mrs.Bridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsCallan
Sixsmith CharlesChatsworth streetVictuallerCastlecomer
Somers JamesBridge streetPublicanCallan
Townsend B.Bridge streetConfectionerCallan
Wallace RobertMain streetFruitererGraiguenamanagh
Walsh F. CollaireDoctorCallan
Walsh J. B.High streetGrocerGraiguenamanagh
Walsh James B.High streetBooksellers & StationersGraiguenamanagh
Walsh James B.High streetCycle AgentGraiguenamanagh
Walsh James B.High streetGeneral MerchantGraiguenamanagh
Walsh James B.High streetTobacconistGraiguenamanagh
Walsh JohnKilkenny streetHairdresserCastlecomer
Walsh P.High streetTailorGraiguenamanagh
Walshe Denis, M.D.BelevuePhysicians & DoctorsGraiguenamanagh
Wandesforde Arms Hotel The SquareHotelCastlecomer

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.