1931 Trade Directory, Co. Limerick

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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A. Donovan55 Thomas stTailorsLimerick City
A.O.H.L. Dowling24 Glentworth stDentistsLimerick City
Ahern, Ryan & CoCatherine st. & O'Connell stTobacco & Cigar merchantsLimerick City
Annie FettinChurch streetConfectionerAbbeyfeale
Annie FettinChurch streetTobacconistAbbeyfeale
Art Cabinet (Factory)Michael stCabinet Makers & UpholsterersLimerick City
AthenaeumNo address givenCinemasLimerick City
B. CollinsNew StreetDraperAbbeyfeale
Bank of IrelandSarsfield StreetBankKilmallock
Barry BrothersShannon streetGrocersLimerick City
Bedford HotelNo address givenHotelLimerick City
Bedford Motor Co.Bedford RowMotor Engineers & GaragesLimerick City
Brabants & Co.128 O'Connell streetElectrical EngineersLimerick City
Bradshaw Brothers3 Rutland st.Motor Engineers & GaragesLimerick City
Breen see Cleary49 Roches stCoach BuildersLimerick City
Bridget Hayes43 William stGrocersLimerick City
Bridget JoyMain streetChina DealersAbbeyfeale
Bridget Joy Main streetGrocerAbbeyfeale
Bros. DenisonConvent streetTailorAbbeyfeale
Brothers Collins15 William stWine & Spirit MerchantsLimerick City
Brothers Foley3 Denmark stGeneral MerchantsLimerick City
Brothers HayesEmmett StreetDraperKilmallock
Brothers Irwin22 Patrick stJewellers, WatchmakersLimerick City
Brothers O'SullivanSarsfield StreetVictuallerKilmallock
Burke see Kenny &55 O'Connell stSolicitorsLimerick City
Burton, Montague & Co.O'Connell streetDrapersLimerick City
Burton, Montague & Co. 131 O'Connell stTailorsLimerick City
C. C. O' RourkeThe SquareDraperAbbeyfeale
C. C. O'RourkeThe SquareBoot WarehouseAbbeyfeale
C. C. O'Rourke & SonsThe SquareCycle AgentAbbeyfeale
C. ClohesyAssembly MallWine & Spirit MerchantsLimerick City
C. FoleyNew StreetBoot WarehouseAbbeyfeale
C. H. Davis6 Thomas stPrinters & PublishersLimerick City
C. HowlettThe DocksCarpenters & WheelwrightsLimerick City
C. MurphyChurch streetGrocerAbbeyfeale
C. O'CallaghanLord Edward streetSaddlerKilmallock
C. O'RiordanMain streetAuctioneerAbbeyfeale
C. S. Barry2 Thomas stCattle DealersLimerick City
C. S. Barry2 Thomas stVictuallerLimerick City
Cahill & Co.Lord Edward streetBoot WarehouseKilmallock
Cahill & Co.Lord Edward streetMilliner & DressmakerKilmallock
Cahill & Co.Sarsfield st.DraperKilmallock
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell stHouse FurnishersLimerick City
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell stJewellers, WatchmakersLimerick City
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell stMilliners & CostumiersLimerick City
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell stTailorsLimerick City
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell streetCabinet Makers & UpholsterersLimerick City
Cannock & Co., Ltd.O'Connell streetDrapersLimerick City
Central GarageWilliam streetMotor Engineers & GaragesLimerick City
Central HotelMain streetHotelAbbeyfeale

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.