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:

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Harding N.Main St.Electrical DealerAbbeyleix
Harding's Cycle & Motor WorksMain St.Cycle AgentsAbbeyleix
Harding's Cycle & Motor WorksMain St.Motor Engineers & GaragesAbbeyleix
Kelly M.Main St.UndertakersAbbeyleix
Kennedy DanielMain St.VictuallersAbbeyleix
Lalor E.Main St.HairdresserAbbeyleix
Maher JohnMain St.VictuallersAbbeyleix
McDonnell M.Main St.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
McEvoy Edward P.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
McEvoy Edward P.Main St.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
McEvoy Edward P.Main St.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
McEvoy Edward P.Main St.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
McGrath AnastasiaMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
McGrath AnastasiaMain St.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
McGrath Anastasia, MissMain St.Fruiterers & Green-grocersAbbeyleix
McMahon JohnMain St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersAbbeyleix
Moore M. J. (of Castlecomer - see WildeMain St.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Morrissey E. J.Main St.BakersAbbeyleix
Morrissey E. J.Main St.Booksellers & StationersAbbeyleix
Morrissey E. J.Main St.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Morrissey E. J.Main St.UndertakersAbbeyleix
Morrissey E. J. - see DermodyMain St.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Morrissey Edward J.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Morrissey Edward J.Main St.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Morrissey Edward J.Main St.NewsagentsAbbeyleix
Morrissey Edward J.Main St.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mullen J.Main St.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mullen J.Main St.SeedsmenAbbeyleix
Mullen JohnMain St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersAbbeyleix
O'Neill WilliamMain St.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
O'Neill WilliamMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Phelan MatthewMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Quinn Bros., MssrsMain St.CoachbuildersAbbeyleix
Reade E. J.Main St.DrapersAbbeyleix
Reade EllenMain St.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Ryan P.Main St.BakersAbbeyleix
Ryan P.Main St.Booksellers & StationersAbbeyleix
Ryan P.Main St.China & Glass DealersAbbeyleix
Ryan P.Main St.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Ryan PatrickMain St.DrapersAbbeyleix
Ryan PatrickMain St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Ryan PatrickMain St.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Ryan PatrickMain St.NewsagentsAbbeyleix
Ryan PatrickMain St.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
White William T.Main St.SolicitorsAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros.Main St.Fruiterers & Green-grocersAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros.Main St.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros.Main St.Hardware Merchants & IronmongersAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros.Main St.SeedsmenAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros.Main St.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Wilde Bros. see MooreMain St.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Wilde BrothersMain St.Booksellers & StationersAbbeyleix
Wilde BrothersMain St.China & Glass DealersAbbeyleix
Wilkinson J.Main St.BakersAbbeyleix
Wilkinson J.Main St.Coal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Central HotelMarket Sq.HotelsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Coady JamesMarket Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Delaney W.Market Sq.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
Fyffe A.Market Sq.DrapersAbbeyleix
Galbraith Thomas A.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Kelly MaryMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kelly MaryMarket Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Kelly Mary, Mrs.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Kelly Mary, Mrs.Market Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kennedy BridgetMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Kennedy BridgetMarket Sq.Milliners & DressmakersAbbeyleix
McDonnell M. & SonsMarket Sq.Corn MerchantsAbbeyleix
McDonnell MichaelMarket Sq.Butter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Licensed PremisesAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Mooney Mrs.Market Sq.Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
O'NeillMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Wilkinson JamesMarket Sq.Grocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Wilkinson JamesMarket Sq.TobacconistsAbbeyleix
Armour R. H., M.P.S.I.Medical Hall, Main stChemistAbbeyleix
Cosgrove J.New Rd.Bootmakers & WarehousesAbbeyleix
Bergin J.New RowGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Bergin TimothyNew RowGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
McHugh Bros., MssrsNew RowIron FoundryAbbeyleix
Hibernian Bank Ltd.-BanksAbbeyleix
Munster & Leinster Bank Ltd -BanksAbbeyleix
Toole Wm.-Motor Engineers & GaragesAbbeyleix
Pallin G.OldtownCoal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Pallin G.OldtownGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Pallin George E.OldtownTobacconistsAbbeyleix
McEntegart A., Mrs.Park ViewPhysicians & SurgeonsAbbeyleix
Ryan Michael J.Park ViewVeterinary SurgeonAbbeyleix
Miller J.Railway HouseCoal MerchantsAbbeyleix
Brophy P.Stucker HillGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsAbbeyleix
Cahill JosephStucker HillTobacconistsAbbeyleix
Crennan J.Stucker HillUndertakersAbbeyleix
Crennan JamesStucker HillCoachbuildersAbbeyleix
Crennan Patrick & SonStucker HillPaintersAbbeyleix
Deegan JamesStucker HillTailorsAbbeyleix
Golden J.Stucker HillDrapersAbbeyleix
Golden J.Stucker HillHardware Merchants & IronmongersAbbeyleix

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.