1931 Trade Directory, Co. Laois

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:

Pattison's HotelO'Moore St.HotelsMountmellick
Railway Hotel O'Moore St.HotelsMountmellick
Barnes AlicePatrick St.DrapersMountmellick
Bond AlexanderPatrick St.Cycle AgentsMountmellick
Bond AlexanderPatrick St.Motor Engineers & GaragesMountmellick
Cafferky PatrickPatrick St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Cafferky PatrickPatrick St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Chambers WilliamPatrick St.Posting EstablishmentMountmellick
Chambers WilliamPatrick St.UndertakersMountmellick
Chambers Temperance HotelPatrick St.HotelsMountmellick
Coyle G.Patrick St.Watchmaker & JewellerMountmellick
EgansPatrick St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Egans Patrick St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Harte'sPatrick St.China & Glass DealersMountmellick
Harte'sPatrick St.NewsagentsMountmellick
Lambe BrothersPatrick St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Lambe BrothersPatrick St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Leavy J.Patrick St.DentistsMountmellick
Leavy R. M., Mrs.Patrick St.ChemistsMountmellick
McEvoy L.Patrick St.DrapersMountmellick
McEvoy Lawrence, Mrs.Patrick St.NewsagentsMountmellick
Moloney JohnPatrick St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Moloney JohnPatrick St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Moloney JohnPatrick St.UndertakersMountmellick
Moran MurtaghPatrick St.TailorsMountmellick
O'Neill Martin J.Patrick St.TailorsMountmellick
Scully AnniePatrick St.DrapersMountmellick
Shaw & SonsPatrick St.DrapersMountmellick
Wilkinson M., MissPatrick St.ConfectionersMountmellick
Bergin AnastasiaSarsfield St.BakersMountmellick
Brady BrothersSarsfield St.Builders & ContractorsMountmellick
DunphySarsfield St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
DunphySarsfield St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Hickey Mrs.Sarsfield St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Honnor RobertSarsfield St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Horan FintanSarsfield St.Builders & ContractorsMountmellick
Lawrence Mrs.Sarsfield St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountmellick
Lawrence Mrs.Sarsfield St.Licensed premisesMountmellick
Pim James & SonThe Sq.Bacon CurersMountmellick
Forrestal FrankWolfe Tone St.Motor Engineers & GaragesMountmellick
Gowen WilliamWolfe Tone St.SaddlersMountmellick
Patrician CollegeBallyfinBoarding SchoolsMountrath
Patrician MonasteryBallyfinBoarding SchoolsMountrath
Leslie John J.Bridge St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
McKenna Mrs.Bridge St.ConfectionersMountrath
Moloney M.Bridge St.UndertakersMountrath
Moloney MichaelBridge St.Posting EstablishmentsMountrath
O'Rourke R., L.P.S.I.Bridge St.ChemistsMountrath
Tynan JohnBridge St.BootmakerMountrath
Little F.Church St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dunne P.Coote St.PaintersMountrath
O'Neill JohnCoote St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Fetherstonhaugh & CarterCoote Tr.SolicitorsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Crystal Palace CinemaCinemaMountrath
FitzPatrick T.DeerparkVeterinary SurgeonMountrath
Franks & CarterEstates OfficeLand AgentsMountrath
Guidera & SonFactory St.BuildersMountrath
Guidera P. & SonsFactory St.PaintersMountrath
Bank of IrelandMain St.BanksMountrath
Baulke I. E., MissMain St.DrapersMountrath
Baulke J. E., MissMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Brennan B., MissMain St.DrapersMountrath
Brennan MissMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Brigidine ConventMain St.Boarding SchoolsMountrath
Browner Mrs.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Campion PatrickMain St.DrapersMountrath
Connolly J.Main St.ConfectionersMountrath
Connolly J.Main St.Fruiterers & GreengrocersMountrath
Coolahan M. J.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Coolahan M. J.Main St.Motor Engineers & GaragesMountrath
Crystal Palace (Prop. T.P. Kelly)Main St.CinemaMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Flour & Meal StoresMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Motor AgentMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Oil & Colour MerchantMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.Posting EstablishmentsMountrath
Cullen Mary, Mrs.Main St.UndertakersMountrath
Cullen's Railway Hotel Main St.HotelsMountrath
Daly PeterMain St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Daly PeterMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Deegan BrothersMain St.TailorsMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.AuctioneerMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Shipping AgentMountrath
Delaney P. J.Main St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Delaney T.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Delaney WilliamMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dempsey J.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Dempsey J.Main St.Motor Engineers & GaragesMountrath
Dowling JohnMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dowling M.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Dunne's Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
FitzPatrick F.Main St.Saw MillsMountrath
Fitzpatrick FintanMain St.DrapersMountrath
Fletcher ThomasMain St.SolicitorsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Galbraith M., Mrs.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Gallagher E.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Gallagher EdwardMain St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Gallagher EdwardMain St.TobacconistsMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.DrapersMountrath
Hamilton A. T.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.ConfectionersMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Fruiterers & GreengrocersMountrath
Kelly T. P.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kelly's HotelMain St.HotelsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.BakersMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Kenny J. F.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Kittler WilliamMain St.HairdresserMountrath
Lupton KateMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
McCabe J.Main St.BootmakerMountrath
McKenna P.Main St.PaintersMountrath
Miller JamesMain St.VictuallersMountrath
Mooney James S.Main St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Mooney James S.Main St.TobacconistsMountrath
Munster & Leinster Bank, Ltd.Main St.BanksMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Booksellers & StationersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.China & Glass MerchantsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.DrapersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.TobacconistsMountrath
Nolan MartinMain St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Odlum M., MissMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Odlum Martha, MissMain St.DrapersMountrath
Odlum W.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Odlum W.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
O'Toole C., Mrs.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Phelan M.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Reid WilliamMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Roche J. A.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Rourke & SonMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Rourke WilliamMain St.DrapersMountrath
Ryan J. P., M.P.S.I.Main St.ChemistsMountrath
Sawyer HenryMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Sheenan P. & SonMain St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Sheeran & SonMain St.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Sheeran Patrick & SonMain St.DrapersMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Coal MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Cycle AgentsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.TobacconistsMountrath
Telford J. E.Main St.Watchmakers & JewellersMountrath
Telford John E.Main St.BakersMountrath
Treacy P. J.Main St.DrapersMountrath
Treacy P. J.Main St.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Wallis F.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Wallis FintanMain St.BakersMountrath
Whelan KateMain St.BakersMountrath
Whelan Kate, MissMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Young M., MissMain St.DressmakerMountrath
Bennett MissMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Byrne MissMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Drury T.Market Sq.VictuallersMountrath
Moloney T.Market Sq.Bootmakers & WarehousesMountrath
Moloney T.Market Sq.Millners & DressmakersMountrath
Moloney ThomasMarket Sq.DrapersMountrath
Murphy Mrs.Market Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
O'Meara JamesMarket Sq.CarpenterMountrath
Rourke W.Market Sq.VictuallersMountrath
Rourke WilliamMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Ryan DanielMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
Ryan KieranMarket Sq.TailorsMountrath
Wallace Ed.Maryboro' Rd.BootmakerMountrath
Nunan T. J.Mayville'Physician & SurgeonMountrath
Lynch J. A., L.D.S.O'Rourke's ChemistDentistsMountrath
FitzgeraldRyan's Chemist, Main St.DentistsMountrath
Dunne MartinShannon St.SaddlersMountrath
Golderick JosephShannon St.SaddlersMountrath
O'Connell W. D., & SonsShannon St.Butter & Egg MerchantsMountrath
O'Connell W. D., & SonsShannon St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMountrath
O'Gorman Patrick J.The Sq.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersMountrath

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.