1931 Trade Directory, Co. Leitrim

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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Agnew LeoGlebe streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesMohill
Anderson & Co.Main streetIronmongersMohill
Arcadia Picture House-CinemaCarrick On Shannon
Armstrong T. R.ManorhamiltonCorn MillsManorhamilton
Armstrong T. R.ManorhamiltonMillersManorhamilton
Armstrong T. R.ManorhamiltonSaddlerManorhamilton
Armstrong T. R.ManorhamiltonSaw MillsManorhamilton
Beirne John & SonNo addressEgg ExportersCarrick On Shannon
Beirne M.Leitrim RoadTailorCarrick On Shannon
Belford R.Main streetPainters & DecoratorsManorhamilton
Bennett BernardMain streetGeneral MerchantsCarrick On Shannon
Bennett BernardMain streetGrocersCarrick On Shannon
Bennett BernardMain streetHardware MerchantsCarrick On Shannon
Blair MissMain streetGrocersCarrick On Shannon
Bohan William P., Mrs.Main streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Bradshaw A. E.Main streetBoot Makers & Boot WarehousesMohill
Bradshaw A. E.Main streetLeather MerchantsMohill
Brady CharlesCastle streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Bredin JosephMain streetBakerManorhamilton
Bredin JosephMain streetUndertakersManorhamilton
Bredin JosephMain streetVictuallersManorhamilton
Brennan M. A., MrsMain streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Briggs Mrs.Main streetSaddlersMohill
Brogan EdwardMain streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsManorhamilton
Brogan EdwardMain streetLicensed PremisesManorhamilton
Browne FrancisBridge streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Bush Hotel (McDermott, T.) Main streetHotelCarrick On Shannon
Callaghan Mrs.Main streetButchersCarrick On Shannon
Campbell J. B. & Co.Bridge streetGeneral MerchantsCarrick On Shannon
Campbell J. B. & Co.Bridge streetGrocersCarrick On Shannon
Campbell J. B. & Co.Bridge streetTimber MerchantsCarrick On Shannon
Campbell J. P. & Co.Bridge streetHardware MerchantsCarrick On Shannon
Canning Bros.Main streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Canning George, Mrs.Glebe streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Canning PeterMohillSolicitorsMohill
Carthy M. J.Main streetDrapersCarrick On Shannon
Carty B., Mrs.Main streetChina & Glass DealersManorhamilton
Casey Bros.Glebe streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Casey Bros.Glebe streetIronmongersMohill
Casey's GarageMain streetGaragesCarrick On Shannon
Cassidy BrothersLeitrim RoadBuilders & ContractorsCarrick On Shannon
Central HotelManorhamiltonHotelsManorhamilton
Central Hotel (Lillie's)Main streetHotelCarrick On Shannon
Church's HotelBridge streetHotelCarrick On Shannon
Clyne FrancisMain streetVictuallersMohill
Commercial Hotel (O'Sullivan's)Main streetHotelCarrick On Shannon
Conlon J.Main streetSolicitorsCarrick On Shannon
Connolly BernardMain streetMotor Engineers & GaragesManorhamilton
Connolly MichaelMain streetCycle AgentsManorhamilton
Connolly R., Mrs.Main streetBooksellers & StationersManorhamilton

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.