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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Rooney J. D.Castle streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsManorhamilton
Rooney J. D.Castle streetUndertakersManorhamilton
Rooney JamesMain streetTailorsManorhamilton
Rooney PatrickMain streetDrapersManorhamilton
Rooney's Private Hotel ManorhamiltonHotelsManorhamilton
Rowley MichaelMain streetBakerMohill
Rowley MichaelMain streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMohill
Saddlier R.Main streetSaddlersMohill
Small Hugh J.Main streetDentistsMohill
Small Mr.Main streetDental ExpertsCarrick On Shannon
South Leitrim Co-Op Creameries LtdMohillDairykeepersMohill
Staunton J.Main streetFruiterers & GreengrocersManorhamilton
Stuart J. A.Cloonaquin, ManorhamiltonAuctioneersManorhamilton
Stuart J. A.Cloonaquin, ManorhamiltonButter & Egg MerchantsManorhamilton
Templeton J. D.New LineGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsManorhamilton
The Medical Hall (Harman's)Main streetChemistsCarrick On Shannon
The Pharmacy (O'Sullivan's)Main streetChemistsCarrick On Shannon
Thompson E. A.ManorhamiltonButter & Egg MerchantsManorhamilton
Thompson JamesNew LineCycle AgentsManorhamilton
Thompson JamesNew LineMotor Engineers & GaragesManorhamilton
Toal JamesMain streetHairdressersManorhamilton
Toolan W. & Co.Main streetDrapersCarrick On Shannon
Ulster Bank Ltd.ManorhamiltonBanksManorhamilton
WalshBridge streetPhysiciansCarrick On Shannon
Walsh DenisMain streetGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsManorhamilton
Walsh DenisMain streetLicensed PremisesManorhamilton
Wilson GeorgeMain streetDrapersManorhamilton
Winters M.Station roadGaragesCarrick On Shannon

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.